Northern Nevada GIVES: Special Olympics Nevada (sponsored)

Special Olympics Nevada

Special Olympics Nevada

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a five-part series of profiles on Northern Nevada-area nonprofits and businesses who participated in the 2021 rendition of Northern Nevada GIVES: a guide to charitable giving and corporate philanthropy. Read all the profiles here in a special section that published Nov. 24.

Special Olympics Nevada

Address: 1285 Baring Blvd., #503, Sparks, NV 89434
Telephone Number: 775-297-0460
Website: sonv.org 

Instagram: @specialolympicsnv
Facebook: facebook.com/sonevada 
Twitter: twitter.com/sonevada 
Year Established Locally: 2001
Number of Local Employees: 2 Northern Nevada, 6 state-wide
Number of Local Volunteers: 1,670 volunteers
Annual Revenue: $1.2 million

Mission Statement:

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


SONV is working on reestablishing its charter here in Nevada. The organization is currently operating under Northern California’s charter. Presently, we are the only state in the nation that does not have its own independently run program. Nevada’s people with intellectual disabilities deserve better!

Fundraising 2022:

  • Polar Plunge (4/23/2022)
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run (5/20/2022)
  • Spring Games (5/ 21 – 22/2022)
  • Home Run Derby (Date Pending)
  • Bowl for the Gold (Date Pending)

Volunteer Opportunities:

Special Olympics Nevada would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers. Special Olympics volunteers include students, retirees, professionals and families.

You don’t need experience or specific training working with person with intellectual disabilities. If you are at least 14 years old and have a love of sports, time to commit and a willingness to make a difference, you can help us change lives by volunteering. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Sport coaching
  • Day-of-event volunteering
  • Competitions
  • Fundraising or special events
  • Games management
  • Sporting officials
  • Medics
  • Or any other skillset you might have to offer

Giving Opportunities:

Our athletes participate all year long in a variety of sports and health screenings at no cost to them or their families. We have several ways for you to support our programs so we can continue to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Ways you can give:

  • Peer to Peer
  • Corporate partnerships
  • Bequests
  • Shop and Support

For more information on engagement opportunities, please reach out to Marnie Carr marniec@sonv.org.

Executive Leadership:

  • Terrence Thornton, Executive Director (Southern Nevada)
  • Marnie Carr, Development Director (Northern Nevada)

Advisory Board Members:

  • Joyce Whitney-Silva, Committee Chair & SONC / SONV Greater Nevada Credit Union: Executive Vice President & CFO
  • Rosie Bone, Raiders: Sr. Vice President, Community Relations and Public Affairs
  • Dave Bowman, Boeing and Eaton: Sr. Executive (Retired)
  • John Cannito, The PENTA Building Group: President
  • Danny DeLaRosa, Greater Nevada Credit Union: Chief Development Officer
  • Jeremy Gilpin, Greater Commercial Lending: Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending
  • Jon Donohoo, Sectran Security Inc.: President
  • Michael Grey, Caesars Entertainment, Inc.: Sr. Vice President, Finance
  • Dave Hanlon, Executive Hospitality Partners: Founding Principal
  • Michael Harrison, Desert Hills Fire and Security Systems: Owner
  • Kara Hendricks, Shareholder: Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • John Langeler, KLAS News Channel 8 Las Vegas Now: Morning Co-Anchor
  • Farai Kasambira, Purtec: Co-Founder and Chief Operations
  • Tammy McCullough, The Balmer Group: Realtor
  • David R. Navarro, Enterprise Bank and Trust: Regional President

This content was provided and paid for by Special Olympics Nevada.


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