Support the Training for Life Campus

Special Olympics Missouri has opened its SOMO Training for Life Campus, the new home of Special Olympics Missouri and the largest facility of its kind in the United States. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we entered the campus debt free.

SOMO has raised $18.3 million in cash, gifts and in-kind services -- enough to build the 34,000 sq.ft. facility that anchors the Campus. However, additional funds are needed to complete the athletic fields, athlete pavilion and Law Enforcement Torch Run Plaza, and purchase equipment. Additional naming opportunities are available for the outdoor fields and sports equipment.

Training for Life Campus

Donor Opportunities: Be a Part of History

Supporters of the SOMO Training for Life Campus are claiming naming opportunities quickly as the Campus opens. Families, individuals and corporations are all eligible for naming opportunities. This brochure details the opportunities below

  • The most popular naming areas include:
    Donor_Plaza – personalize a paver that lines the entrance to SOMO’s Campus in the Wallstreet Group Donor Plaza. See the order form >
  • Athlete and Volunteer Recognition Wall – the visual recognition wall in the Centene Sports Arena offers a personalized message on a gold, silver or bronze medallion. See the order form >
  • The Tribute Trail - honor an athlete, team or loved one with a trail marker along a beautiful walking and training trail that wraps around the Campus. See the order form >
  • The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) - honor an officer, department, athlete or team in the Donor Plaza. See the order form >

Future Expansion

Several high-profile sponsorships remain -- including the future “Back 9” in the northeast end of SOMO’s campus. Expansion includes naming opportunities of fields and courts.

Back 9

If you are interested in a tax-deductible donation that includes naming opportunities, contact Laurie Shadoan via email or at (816) 535-9995 or Travis Bourbon via email or at (816) 678-9670. 

SOMO Athletes Raising Funds (Charter Class)

Charter Class AthletesSOMO athletes and fans will use a special website to create personal fundraising pages to be used for asking friends and family to support the campaign. Our athletes can raise money for the Training for Life Campus campaign and reach fundraising goals that earn these special Charter Class awards:

  • $5,000: SOMO letter jacket 
  • $2,500: SOMO class ring 
  • $1,000: SOMO warm-up shirts and personalized paver (see below)
  • $250: SOMO Training for Life Campus hat 

Brock Guseman TLC Charter ClassWhen a Charter Class member raises $1,000+, they will also be recognized with a personalized paver on the observation patio of the Training for Life Campus overlooking the beautiful outdoor sports fields. Every TLC Charter Class Member is leaving a lasting mark on the Campus- at every visit, every camp, every practice, every competition and ceremony at the Campus, each member of the Charter Class will forever be reminded of his or her hard work and commitment to make this exceptional Campus a reality for themselves and the thousands of other amazing SOMO athletes that will follow them!

To support the athletes in their efforts, or to help an athlete create and use his or her own fundraising page, start here. It's a great way to help our amazing SOMO athletes accomplish personal goals while helping their teammates and friends raise money for the SOMO Training for Life Campus.

If you are an athlete interested in joining the TLC Charter Class, please contact Mary Niswonger at niswonger@somo.org.

Charter Class members: Here is a booklet of resources to assist you with your fundraising efforts

 

TLC Rentals

Centrally located in Jefferson City, the Training for Life Campus can handle all of your meeting needs while also supporting our mission. We transform lives through sports and health and wellness programs that not only help our athletes, but also the volunteers and community at large.

With both inside and outside sports facilities, the Training for Life Campus is set up to accommodate many team practices. Contact Jessica Anderson for more information.  

Click here to see a brochure of our facility rental options.

Click here to fill out a request to rent our facility.

For questions or to enquire about reserving your space, please contact Jessica Anderson at 573-469-7826.

About Special Olympics Missouri

Supporters can contribute to Training for Life Camps here.

For additional information, contact Laurie Shadoan at 573-635-1660 or email shadoan@somo.org.

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 16 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.

Engage with us on Twitter @somissouri; fb.com/specialolympicsmo.

Resources:

Fundraising Booklet
Donation Receipt
Fundraising Event Form
Letter Template
Federal Tax Exempt Letter
Knights of Columbus Fundraising