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Finding a home

December 27, 2011 / Comments Off on Finding a home

Ashley Dawson is Special Olympics Missouri’s Social Media Coordinator and has been on staff for four years. She can be reached at When you work for Special Olympics, you are often…

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Why Special Olympics?

December 20, 2011 / Comments Off on Why Special Olympics?

Randy Reddick is Senior Vice President of Operations at Shop ‘n Save, one of SOMO’s biggest supporters. Randy has volunteered for several years and also serves on our Board of Directors.…

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Abby’s Arctic Angels

December 13, 2011 /

Pat Cockrill participated in the 2011 St. Joseph Polar Plunge for the first time. He was the top fundraiser at Lake Contrary, and Abby’s Arctic Angels was the top fundraising…

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Looking back: 1975 Area Spring Games

December 6, 2011 / Comments Off on Looking back: 1975 Area Spring Games

Gary Brimer is the Chief Sports Officer for SOMO. He has been on staff for 17 years. Prior to that, he was a volunteer area director and a coach. He…

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The facts about Natalie

November 29, 2011 /

Mike and Amber Elwood are parents to Natalie. Mike was on staff with SOMO for about nine years before he joined the force at the Sedalia Police Department, and Amber…

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My Brother, Tanner

November 22, 2011 /

Katie Hrenchir is the Northwest Associate Area Director and proud sister of SOMO athlete Tanner. She can be reached at My special brother, Tanner, was born with Down syndrome…

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Making a Difference One School at a Time

November 15, 2011 / Comments Off on Making a Difference One School at a Time

Rachel Antal is a freshman at the University of Central Missouri. She is a SOMO volunteer and president of our Youth Activation Committee. Special Olympics is the only place I…

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Youth Today are the Leaders Tomorrow

November 8, 2011 / Comments Off on Youth Today are the Leaders Tomorrow

Trish Lutz is the Area Services Director for SOMO. You can reach her at How many times have you heard the statement, “Youth today are the leaders tomorrow”?  How…

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Worldwide Day of Play

November 1, 2011 / Comments Off on Worldwide Day of Play

In celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, youth leaders from around the United States came to Washington, D.C. to participate in Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play Sept. 22 and be…

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Finding Passion by Chance

October 25, 2011 / Comments Off on Finding Passion by Chance

Jane Monaghan is a coach, volunteer and public relations intern for SOMO. My journey with Special Olympics started as an assignment. I was the new service chair for Jefferson City…

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