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State Summer Games: Family volunteers 100,000 steps

June 15, 2021 / Comments Off on State Summer Games: Family volunteers 100,000 steps

By JODIE JACKSON JR. | Special Olympics Missouri Powerlifters, swimmers, volleyball teams, and track and field athletes were the stars of the first Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) State Summer Games…

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Ottenad family launches torch run

May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Ottenad family launches torch run
John Ottenad speaks at the opening ceremony for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri May 25 in St. Charles.

Marilyn Ottenad and her family tearfully listened to a chronology of the Torch Run’s success and the impact her late son, Jeff, continues to have on the annual event.

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SOMO adds 2 to World Games torch run

May 6, 2021 / Comments Off on SOMO adds 2 to World Games torch run
Brett Harper, Special Olympics Missouri athlete.

Brett Harper, Special Olympics Missouri athlete from the Southwest Area, and Lee’s Summit Police Officer Amanda Geno will run with the Flame of Hope in Russia, leading up to the start of the 2022 Special Olympics World games in Kazan. SOMO announced the selections on April 5.

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI CELEBRATES 50 YEARS!

March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI CELEBRATES 50 YEARS!

WOW! Can you believe that SOMO is 50 YEARS OLD today?  On March 1, 1971, we were incorporated as a 501(c)3.  Back then, we were Missouri Special Olympics and in…

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A true SOMO volunteer: Mark Priebe

December 21, 2020 / Comments Off on A true SOMO volunteer: Mark Priebe
Sargent Mark Priebe poses for a photo with his two children in front of motorcycles and semi-trucks

This post was written by SOMO Volunteer Biographer, Robert Cole When Mark Priebe first began working as a police officer, he didn’t realize how important it would be to honor…

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2019 LETR John Michael Letz Award

August 31, 2020 / Comments Off on 2019 LETR John Michael Letz Award

The John Michael Letz Award is the highest honor given within the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri. It is our unsung hero award. The first recipient of…

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2018 John Michael Letz Award Winner: Lynn McClamroch

December 11, 2018 / Comments Off on 2018 John Michael Letz Award Winner: Lynn McClamroch

The John Michael Letz Award is the highest honor given within Missouri’s Law Enforcement Torch Run. It is our unsung hero award. The criteria for recipients include being responsible for…

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Tristan Holmes wins 2017 Drive it Home Raffle

December 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Tristan Holmes wins 2017 Drive it Home Raffle

Our sincere thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket for Special Olympics Drive it Home Raffle. Your support of this event directly benefits more than 15,300 athletes across the state.…

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Eichelberger, Schwartze Inducted into SOMO Hall of Fame

March 7, 2017 / Comments Off on Eichelberger, Schwartze Inducted into SOMO Hall of Fame

On Jan. 17, Special Olympics Missouri announced that Central Area athlete Robb Eichelberger and Zim Schwartze, Director of 911 Emergency Communications and SOMO volunteer, would be inducted into the SOMO Hall…

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Officer Amanda Geno Named 2016 John Michael Letz Unsung Hero

December 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Officer Amanda Geno Named 2016 John Michael Letz Unsung Hero

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXoDVo7eXZU] We have many who are Torch Run enthusiasts; most we don’t know. We don’t know them because they don’t do the work for the recognition – and that’s…

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