Special Olympics athletes and their unified Meet in the Middle partners brought home a whole bunch of medals from an Area 1 Special Olympics Bocce tournament held this past weekend at UTRGV. The event was held under the direction of the UTRGV Health and Kinesiology Club and Area 1 Special Olympics. Through Meet in the Middle groups at Mission High School (MHS) and Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS), Special Olympians are paired up with high school volunteers. The Meet in the Middle or Unified Champion Schools programs is an effort to promote social inclusion and unified activities for the district’s special needs students. The tournament was a round robin event with athletes competing by age and skill level.

At the bocce tournament, medals were awarded to both the athlete and partner.

Unified doubles results for the VMHS athletes: Cesario Pena (athlete) and Adam Martinez (partner), first place; Sally Trevino (athlete) and Nadia Trevino (partner), first place; Lauren Lopez (athlete) and Valerie Ramirez (partner), first place; Jasmin Villanueva (athlete) and Fernando de Leon (partner), first place; Emily Gonzalez (athlete) and Brittaney Hinojosa (partner), second place.

Bocce singles results for VMHS: Bryan Arrellano, first place; Ethan Linares, first place; Frankie Torres, first place; Javier Patino, second place; Hayleen Pena, second place; Sebastian Llamas, third place.

Unified doubles results for the MHS athletes: Brandon Garza (athlete) and Anahi Cerda (partner), first place; Raylene Vela (athlete) and Luz Quiroz (partner), first place.

Bocce singles results for MHS: Emanuel Casas, first place; Itzel Vargas, first place; Ana Villarreal, first place; Adrian Rodriguez, first place; Ashley de la Rosa, second place; Jackie Porcayo, second place; Joel Bravo, second place.