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Area Contact Information

702 S Woodbine Rd, St Joseph, MO 64507
Phone:816-233-6232 / Fax: 816-233-0130 

Area Staff:
Melody Prawitz, Development Director
Jess Neely, Program Coordinator

Counties served:
Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clark, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ray, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan and Worth

North Area Headlines
Law Enforcement Torch Runs Scheduled

It's time for our Law Enforcement officers to take to the roads in preparation of Special Olympics State Summer Games May 30-June 1st in Springfield. 

Officers in Region 1-North Area will be running on May 21st and 22nd.

Chillicothe, Trenton, Gallatin and Cameron will be on May 22nd

Maryville, Troop H, Savannah, and St Joseph will be on May 21st

Please join us and cheer on the officers throughoutt the race, 

 Torch Run


Sunday, May 05, 2019 9:28:00 PM

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers for our Parkway Run on Saturday, May 25th, you would be monitoring intersections for runners to cross.  It is just a couple of hours and we would need you at your assigned intersection 15min prior to start of race.  Please contact Melody at prawitz@somo.org or call the office at 816-233-6232. 

Sunday, May 05, 2019 9:25:00 PM

Join Us for Off Roading-Jeep Raffle

Special Olympics Missouri is raffling off a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Limited, 4x4!

Yes MADA has given us Jeep this year for our raffle, please contact any athlete or coach or call the local office to purchase a chance to win the Jeep!

We willl be at all Parties on the Parkway this year so yu can come by and check out the jeep and purchase a ticket. 

Tickets are $5.00 apiece or purchase a book of tickets for $50.00 for 10 tickets

www.somo.org/win or contact Melody at prawitz@somo.org and (816) 233-6232. 

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

I would like to thank all the volunteers from the GMT, to the City of St. Joseph, to the heathly athletes, to referees, scorekeepers, award preseenters, meal preps, and servers, and everyone from behind the scenes that work tiredlessly to make our 2019 State Indoor Games a huge sucess for all our athletes.  We could not have done any of this without the support of everyone that gave of their time and talent throughout the weekend.   It was all greatly appreicated more than you know. 

Thank you to all our sponsors the help offset the cost of the games.  I heard it from a source that it "was nice to come to a city that wanted us here and worked with us to make everything work It is fun coming and working with the great people of St Joseph."

We can not say thank you enough and hope to see you all  back to help/sponsor/volunteer in 2020!     


Friday, April 05, 2019 4:34:00 PM

Ladies Night Out

It is time for the 6th Annual Ladies Night Out!  Our theme is Pajama Glam!

Wear your favorite pajamas, cutest slippers and come and enjoy a slumber party theme night.   It is $40.00 per person and you can bid for items in our quarter auction 

It will be held at LeBlond High School, doors will open at 5:30pm.

Buy a table of 8 for $300!

Enteertainment will be Oxymoron and plenty of games and photo booth to take part in. 

Please register online at www.somo.org/piccadilly or call our office at (816) 233-5232 to resgister today.  

Friday, March 01, 2019 1:28:00 PM

Polar Plunge Time

You have the opportunity to help raise funds for all our North Area athletes by taking a dip in icy waters!  All you need to do is raise a bear mininum of $75 and register online at www.somo.org/plunge.  If you don't like the cold then make a donation and be a virtual plunger.   We have the 3 following locations in the North Area:

Thousand Hills State Park-Feb 10th Registraion is at 11:00 and Plunge is at 1:00pm  Pee Wee Plunge 12 noon

St Joseph East Hills Shopping Center-Feb 17th Registration is at 11:00 and Plunge is at 2:00pm  Pee Wee Plunge Feb 16th inside at 6:00pm

Lake Viking Clubhouse/Beach-Feb 24th Registraion is at 11:00 and Plunge is at 2:00pm  Pee Wee Plunge 12noon

Must be 10 years and older, but is you are 9 and under we are offering a Pee Wee Plunge this year for all of those little ones that want to plunge:  $25.00 and they will receive a Goody Bag.  

Come on out and take a Plunge with us!



Monday, January 08, 2018 12:22:00 PM

James Ross Heading to USA Games!

The ladies of Coon Creek Baptist Church along with ladies from 10th Street Baptist Church spent their day cooking spaghetti sauce, cakes, pies, cookies, fudge and an array of other treats to make the fundraiser for James Ross a total success!  A steady stream of hungry supporters showed up at 10th Street Baptist Church on Thursday night to enjoy dinner, desserts, a white elephant sale and a lot of fun with the DAWGS, Disabled Athletes with Grundy Support, acting as waiters to the crowd.  The fundraiser was for James Ross who spent the evening talking about his upcoming trip to Seattle, WA in June of 2018 where he will compete on the National Stage for Special Olympics in the sport of Bocce as a representative of the DAWGS and the North Area of Special Olympics Missouri.  The fundraiser was the idea of Diana Crawford who pulled in her resources to put on a delicious meal and fun sale.  Jim and Maggie Bush showed up with the donations that were made on Wednesday, Dec. 27th at the free showing of Star at the Trenton Cinema for James Ross along with a special check from them.  Thanks to everyone who attended and helped raise over $1600 for James Ross.  Pictured above are Melody Prawitz, the North Area Director for Special Olympics Missouri, James Ross and Maggie and Jim Bush.  We would like to thank the Trenton Republican Times along with KTTN Radio for their publicity to help make this event a success! A big thank you goes out to Coon Creek Baptist Church and 10th St. Baptist Church for all your hard work and a great location! If you would like to help James with a fundraiser, please contact Judy Rash at 816-244-6380 or 660-673-6015.


Monday, January 08, 2018 12:21:00 PM






COST:  $12.00 PER PERSON OR $120 TEAM OF 10




Monday, November 13, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Chili Bingo Night

Chili Bingo Night will be held on Sunday, November 19th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Mitchell.   Cost is $6.00 per person, 3 and under free.  We will serve at 4:00pm with Bingo starting at 5:30pm.   Great Bingo prizes, 50/50 Raffle and a card game will be held as well.   Come out and let us do your cooking for you and enjoy Chili, Soup, and home made desserts.   All proceeds will benefit local athletes. 

Monday, November 13, 2017 8:56:00 AM

9th Annual Celebrity Softball Game

9th Annual Celebrity Softball Game

When:  October 17th

Where:  MWSU Softball Field

Admission:  $4.00, 5 and under free

Time:  Games open at 5:00pm/Game is at 6:00pm

Come join us for Pre-Game entertainment/Concessions/50/50 raffle and Wall of Fame!

Tailgate Party for Sponsors and Celebrites will begin at 4:30pm

Monday, October 09, 2017 2:40:00 PM

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