NextStep Athletes are on the Ball
NextStep for Life basketball players had the honor of participating in exhibition games at Northwest High School and De Soto High School in between their JV and Varsity basketball games. This allowed them to show off their basketball skills in a short scrimmage and promote NextStep for Life and Special Olympics Missouri. The 10-minute exhibition play sends such a powerful message to communities about the abilities of our Special Olympics athletes.
Terri Dallas, Program Coordinator for Leisure Services at NextStep for Life said, "I am blessed with many amazing memories of our participants but these events allow our athletes to bless others with amazing memories as well. Thank you to our players for their positive influence and to our volunteer coaches for their great support and encouragement they give to our athletes."
Kim Kingsland is the De Soto High School Girls’ Head Basketball Coach and felt the strong impact as well. "Absolutely one of the best nights of basketball I have ever witnessed. It wasn’t about winning and losing last night, it was about courage, perseverance, teamwork and a winning attitude. I was truly blessed to be a part of our Special Olympics’ basketball game. The student body, staff, and spectators will have a wonderful memory of watching not only our De Soto High School Special Olympics athletes but also the NextStep for Life athletes play and enjoy the game of basketball. The spectators were hands down the best."
Want to bring an event like this to your school? Contact St. Louis Program Outreach Manager Aimee Loyet at 314-961-7755 or at Loyet@somo.org.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:58:00 PM
ST. LOUIS AREA SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE HONORED
Matt Krippel, 43, of Columbia, IL, was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Krippel was presented with the Special Athlete of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to Special Olympics Missouri – St. Louis Metro Area and the St. Louis sports community at the induction ceremony at the Millennium Hotel – St. Louis on November 20. This is the third year the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame has honored a Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) athlete with its prestigious Special Athlete of the Year award.
Matt Krippel has been involved with Special Olympics Missouri since the age of 9, but at the age of 43, he is having a banner year in 2013. He competes in basketball, track & field and softball on a yearly basis, but this January was selected as the only athlete from the St. Louis Metro Area to attend the 2013 Special Olympics World Games in South Korea, representing Team USA in alpine skiing. After practicing his skills at Hidden Valley in Wildwood, Krippel won a silver medal in the Advanced Slalom competition, and a gold medal in the Super G competition in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Krippel is also very involved in his community, employed by the local Market Place grocery store, an assistant to the Columbia High School football and soccer teams, and a helper with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department.
Monday, November 25, 2013 11:15:00 AM
October Bowling Tournament
Bowling season is underway as the tournaments commence
across the state, wrapping up in December.
Please enjoy the photos below from one of our St. Louis bowling
competitions on October 26th.
If you'd like to volunteer for events like this,
please check out our volunteer page.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:50:00 PM
da-com Supports Area Spring Games
We are pleased to announce that da-com has renewed their partnership and
contributed $10,000 to Special Olympics,
with $5,000 going to Missouri & Illinois Area Spring Games.
We appreciate all they have done for our athletes,
and we are very thankful for their continuous support!
Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:08:00 PM
Polar Plunge Registration is Open!
This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your
bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by
walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters
that Missouri has to offer.
Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Various police departments, highway patrols, correctional centers and other law enforcement agencise around the state are proud to host this event.
There are TWO plunges in the St. Louis area: Lake St. Louis on February 1 & Maryland Heights on February 22. Register here: https://somo.org/plunge
Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:34:00 AM
Clayton PD 5k: Register & Volunteer!
Join us in this annual event that has become a staple in the Clayton community! Together with the St. Louis Track Club, the Clayton Police Department is once again hosting a 5k to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.
To learn more about the event and to register, please visit the following link: http://www.stlhalfmarathon.org/
To volunteer for the run and help make it a success, please click on this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA4AA22A4FA7-stlouis
This is a great opportunity for individuals wanting to get a few hours of community service and contribute to a great event, great city, and a great organization.
Questions? Visit the links above or contact Benay Hicks, Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Missouri at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-961-7755.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:03:00 AM
STLM Bocce Tournament
The STLM Bocce Tournament took place at Hillsboro High School on September 15. The coaches, Athletes, volunteers, and fans all had an amazing day! Please enjoy the photos below:
Our coaches preparing for the tournament
(become a coach! https://somo.org/CoachInfo#Become):
Our volunteers learning how to play/judge bocce
(become a volunteer!https://somo.org/Volunteer):
Some of the bocce Unified Sports teams
(learn about Unified Sports! https://somo.org/Volunteer#UnifiedSports):
Proud bocce players:
Monday, September 16, 2013 2:49:00 PM
Congratulations to Paul Gerth, coach of the White Spirits team, for his nomination and win of the Fox 2 Pay It Forward program! The St. Louis Metro Office is proud to report that Paul was recently nominated by a White Spirits parent for his patience and persistence as a basketball and softball coach, and after being selected for this honor, was presented with $500 toward his program, sponsored by Fox 2 and American Equity Mortgage.
Please follow this link for the full story from Fox 2 News. Congratulations Paul!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:00:00 AM
Go Over the Edge for Special Olympics Missouri
Over the Edge to be held October 4th in St. Louis
(St.Louis) St. Louis Metropolitan PD and St. Louis County PD are dispatching a call for all thrill seekers. The 5th Annual Over the Edge event will be held on October 4, 2013. Brave men and women seeking an experience of a lifetime will rappel Over the Edge of the Four Seasons Hotel at Lumiere Place. In addition to the experience, they will be supporting St. Louis Metro athletes in Special Olympics who overcome their fears everyday. All proceeds from the event benefit the 7,972 athletes who train and compete in Special Olympics Missouri here in the St. Louis Metro Area.
Over the Edge is open to anyone 14 years or older who is a fan of having a good time for a good cause. The event is hosted by St. Louis Metropolitan PD and St. Louis County PD and will take place at Four Seasons Hotel at Lumiere Place. Event festivities begin at 8:30
a.m. and the rappel starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Each participant will raise a minimum $1,000 to participate in Over the Edge. Participants will be rewarded for reaching extreme fundraising goals: $3,000/ $6,000/ $10,000. Top Teams will be recognized in the fallowing categories: Top Corporate Team by Money Raised, Top Corporate Team by Members, Top School by Money Raised, Top School by Members, Top Family by Money Raised and Top Family by Members.
The easiest and most efficient way to register and fundraise is online! Simply go to www.somo.org/edge, sign up, and email your friends and families to support you. You will receive an OTE Participant package to help you prepare and fundraise.
Over the Edge sponsors include Shop ‘n Save, Blue Bunny and EPIC Systems.
For more information about Over the Edge, please contact Jennifer Brown, Development Director, at (314) 961-7755 or email email@example.com.
About Special Olympics Missouri
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic
competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than
16,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the
state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the
sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and
friends, and communities across Missouri. Visit Special Olympics at
www.somo.org. Engage with us on Twitter @somissouri;
Special Olympics Missouri is proud of our financial health returning 87 percent of
every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with
these honors: Better Business Bureau A+ Charity Accreditation, Charity
Navigator 4-star rating and an inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame –
Class of 2013.
Monday, July 29, 2013 12:33:00 PM
Krispy Kreme Cops-On-Top June 13 - 15
Picture below: St. Louis County PD with cheerleaders at the Fenton Krispy Kreme.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are teaming up for the 13th year to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Missouri athletes.
St. Louis County and Overland Police Officers will take to the roof of the Krispy Kreme retail shops located in Florissant(1090 W. Florissant Ave.), Fenton (1871 Bowles Ave.) and South County (6935 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 and Friday June 14. On Saturday, June 15 law enforcement officers will be there from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. They will collect donations from customers as they eat, hang out and have fun on the rooftop at Krispy Kreme. You might even see a little dancing up there!
St. Louis County Police Department and Overland Police Department hope to raise $5,000 during the event. Customers who donate $5 or more to the cause will get a sweet treat from Krispy Kreme. For generous corporations, organizations or individuals donating $1,000 or more, Krispy Kreme will give you a complimentary doughnut party.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:30:00 AM