Gary Brimer Sports Camp

Our 2024 Gary Brimer Sports Camp will be held June 16-21, 2024, at the Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City!

Our first-ever Camp Courage will be held August 1-3, 2024, at the Training for Life Campus.

We only have a few spots left, so register ASAP!

Questions? Email shaffer@somo.org

Gary Brimer Sports Camp

Gary Brimer Sports Camp gives athletes a chance to experience several different sports while also learning important life skills. In addition to sports opportunities, athletes have the opportunity to learn about art, nature, health and much more! Athletes enjoy the usual summer camp experience while gaining important independent life and social skills. They also get to enhance their sports skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.

This camp was created in 1997 and takes place in June every year. The annual camp was named after Gary Brimer in 2021. Brimer passed away after a battle with cancer in Nov. 2020, leaving behind a lasting legacy. Brimer began his journey with SOMO in 1976, and he dedicated 41 years of his life to providing year-round sports training and competition to the thousands of athletes in Missouri. He started as a volunteer, but he ultimately became SOMO’s Director of Sports and Training. During his career, Brimer was instrumental in starting this camp. He also led the charge to develop a coaches training program. Brimer retired from SOMO in 2016.

Click here for a full recap from our 2023 Gary Brimer Sports Camp!

Click here to see all of the photos from our 2023 Gary Brimer Sports Camp!

Camp Courage

We're hosting our first-ever Camp Courage, August 1-3, 2024, at the Training for Life Campus. Camp Courage is specifically catered for athletes with low motor skills. We'll focus on sports such as bocce, basketball and track and field.

Like Gary Brimer Sports Camp, Camp Courage is also an overnight camp. There are limited spots available, so be sure to sign up as soon as we open up registration! We will have scholarships available. Please reach out to Susan Shaffer for more information!

Gary Brimer Sports Camp Info

REGISTRATION FOR 2024 IS CLOSED!

  • Registration fee to attend $300: Stay tuned for registration for 2024!
  • A limited amount of camp scholarships are available. An application must be filled out in order to show qualification for a scholarships. Email us for more info.
  • Gary Brimer Sports Camp provides an intensive training program for Special Olympics Missouri athletes across the state. Athletes will move up to 10 miles every day
  • Primary sports offered are swimming, soccer, basketball, bocce, golf, softball, tennis and volleyball. We have also offered cycling, disc golf, floorball, and other non-official SOMO sports.
  • Special Olympics Missouri coaches and athletes who would like to attend Gary Brimer Sports Camp must complete a camp application.
  • Athletes of all skill levels are welcome from beginners to advanced athletes.
  • Athletes will be grouped with other athletes from across the state.
  • Questions? Email us!
  • Register here!

 

Camp Courage Info

  • Registration fee to attend $150: Stay tuned for registration for 2024!
  • A limited amount of camp scholarships are available. An application must be filled out in order to show qualification for a scholarships. Email us for more info.
  • Primary sports offered are bocce, basketball and track and field.
  • Special Olympics Missouri coaches and athletes who would like to attend Camp Courage must complete a camp application.
  • Camp Courage is specifically for athletes with low motor skills.
  • Athletes will be grouped with other athletes from across the state.
  • Questions? Email us!
  • Register here!

 

2020 Virtual Camp

In June 2020, we were prepared to offer the very first Gary Brimer Sports Camp at the Training for Life Campus. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to change our plans. Instead, we offered a Virtual Sports Camp where our camp counselors produced videos on their sports and we showed multiple videos per day. Below is a collection of those videos categorized by activity. These can be great training videos for years to come, so please share them with athletes, coaches, and families alike!