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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

ALPs University Fall 2022

ALPs University provides leadership training to Special Olympics Missouri athletes

JEFFERSON CITY – 21 Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) athletes had an amazing opportunity to learn about leadership at ALPs University, Sept. 23-25 at the Training for Life Campus (TLC). ALPs…

ALPs University Fall 2022

SOMO Weekend Recap: Sept. 22-25, 2022

Here’s a look back at all of the amazing Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) events from Sept. 22-25, 2022! Thursday, Sept. 22 The Fatima volleyball team raised $1,800 for Special Olympics…