Read more on "The Miracle Dream" »
Here is a story written by Brent Peterson, a Rancher at Rainbow Acres, a man with developmental disabilities and many incredible abilities and talents. He is an accomplished weaver, making wonderful award-winning rugs in our Weaving Studio. We hope you enjoy his narrative, written earlier this week:
The Story of the Miracle Dream
By Brent Peterson
It was December 2009; they had the random drawing to see what Arizona athletes will get to go compete at the 2010 Special Olympic National Summer Games in Lincoln, Nebraska. Brent Peterson from Rainbow Acres, Gary Hardt from Scottsdale, Patricia Culver from Sierra Vista and Robin Peterson from Coolidge, Arizona made the Arizona Special Olympic National Bocce Team.
Don Bergen and Sandy Koonce were to be named the coaches of the Arizona Bocce Team 6 months before the games were to begin!
6 months later were the Opening Ceremonies. 2 days later the Arizona 4-man Bocce Team was given very little chance to win the opening qualifying game against West Virginia. But shockingly, Arizona crushed West Virginia 16-4 to advance into the second round. In the 2nd game Arizona went up against the highly-rated Gold Medal favorites Alabama. Arizona came away with a stunning upset win over Alabama 16-2.
Then in the Gold Medal game, Arizona wasn’t expected to win and they did coming from behind to upset Alabama for the 2nd time to win the Gold Medal!
Then there was the Double Mens Bocce Team from Arizona Brent Peterson and Gary Hardt, going up against Michigan in the opening game of the double Bocce competition. Arizona defeated Michigan 12-4. Then they beat the Massachussettes (sic) team twice 12-6 and 13-4 to win their 2nd Bocce Gold Medal.
Brent Peterson was rejoicing, yelling out, “It’s an impossible dream come true!!” Also the Arizona Unified Flag Football Team got Gold. Ashley Halberstadt got Silver in the Track & Field from Rainbow Acres and David Karns a Swimmer got Bronze from Rainbow Acres. The Arizona Unified Soccer Team got the Bronze Medal, defeating West Virginia 3-1. And the Arizona Weightlifting Team got the Silver and Bronze. The Arizona Swimmers got Silver and Bronze, and finally the Track & Field athletes from Arizona got Silver and 4th Place Ribbons. The Closing Ceremonies was a big blast.
Anna Turko was in charge of the Arizona athletes and she said that she was pleased with the final results of the 2010 Special Olympic National Summer Games.
In 2014, Marcus Sanders and Mike Kowalski (from Rainbow Acres) got Gold in Golf in New Jersey.
But on one weekend as the State of Arizona and the Nation watched, a group of fine young athletes gave the State of Arizona something it needed most: a chance for one day, not only to dream, but a chance to believe!
Brent with one of the Gold Medal winning Bocce Balls
Brent demonstrates his weaving skills