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Joseph Collins
Athlete Spotlight

Joseph Collins

"My advice for other athletes is to keep up the good work and do what is best for you and your teammates."

Athlete Info
Age21
HometownJefferson City
SOMO Career8 years
SportsBasketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Softball and Bocce
What is your favorite part about SOMO?I love Special Olympics Missouri because it was something I wanted to try, and I kept on playing for years until I started to love playing the new sports. I love that I get to try new things. My favorite part about Special Olympics Missouri is hanging out with friends and trying to play new sports and going to the events.
Anything else you want people to know about you?I’m a good teammate, and I am kind. I like to help my teammates out and communicate with other people. I like to help other athletes practice on their goals for the next Games. I also like to help them make themselves proud.
Keith Slaughter
Volunteer Spotlight

Keith Slaughter

"Sports bring people together and bring joy, and I believe this is also my favorite part about Special Olympics."

Volunteer Info
Age24
HometownKansas City
Years as a Volunteer9 years
Favorite SOMO memoryMy favorite memory was playing softball in Lees Summit, MO and this game must’ve gone into 3 or 4 extra innings, but we ended up winning by 1 run. The game lasted several hours, but was the most fun I’ve had playing softball.
What else do you enjoy?Something else people should know about me that’s fun and exciting is I love mathematics and solving problems related to math.

SOMO News & Updates

Poplar Bluff High School hosted a cornhole tournament in October 2022.

Poplar Bluff creates more inclusive atmosphere by implementing Unified Champion Schools strategy

POPLAR BLUFF – Poplar Bluff High school is doing its part to make its school a more inclusive atmosphere for everyone. The Mules have implemented all three components of the Unified Champion…

A law enforcement member hands out a medal to a Special Olympics Missouri athlete during the 2022 State Outdoor Games in Jefferson City, Mo.

SOMO to announce Drive it Home Raffle winner and honor law enforcement at Law Enforcement Torch Run Celebration Lunch

JEFFERSON CITY – Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is excited to host its 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run Celebration Lunch at the Training for Life Campus on Friday, Dec. 9. This…