Central Area

Area Contact Information

305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-635-1660
Fax: 573-635-8233

Area Staff:
Tim Schuster, Program Director

Alex Jones, Development Director

Counties served:
Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Gasconade, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski, Ralls, Randolph, Saline and Texas

Central Area events

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2024 Polar Plunge Columbia

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
3101 Bass Pro Dr.
Columbia, MO 65202 United States

This “unbearable” event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics Missouri athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. In…

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Laquey Local Basketball Tournament

March 12
27600 Hwy AA
Laquey, MO 65534 United States

For more information contact Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org

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State Indoor Games

March 15 @ 8:00 am - March 16 @ 6:00 pm

The 2024 State Indoor Games will take place in St. Charles, MO from March 15-16, 2024. For the most updated schedule, visit somo.org/indoorgames. For more information contact Luke Lamb at…

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2024 Central Area Duck Pluck

May 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Buy a duck for a chance to win! 5 ducks will be selected at random for a prize. Follow us on Facebook for the LIVE drawing. Website link to come!

Community Care Celebration 2024

Community Care Celebration 2024

May 4 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO - Missouri 65101

Join us for our Community Care Celebration! It will be a day of fun and Health Screenings at the Training for Life Campus. We will be hosting a community event…

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2024 State Summer Games

May 31 @ 8:00 am - June 2 @ 1:00 pm
Columbia, MO United States

Our 2024 State Summer Games will be held May 31 to June 2 in Columbia, Mo. This year’s Summer Games will feature four sports: volleyball, track and field, powerlifting and…

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Gary Brimer Sports Camp

June 16 @ 3:00 pm - June 21 @ 11:00 am

Our 2024 Gary Brimer Sports Camp will be held June 16-21, 2024, at the Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City! For more information, visit somo.org/camp

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Special Olympics Night with the Jefferson City Renegades

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
1309 Missouri Blvd
Jefferson City, MO 65109 United States

The Jefferson City Renegades have partnered with us for a Special Olympics Game! Buy your tickets and have an awesome night!

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State Pickleball Tournament

July 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
525 Ellis Blvd
Jefferson City, MO 65101 United States

The SOMO State Pickleball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024, at the Firley YMCA in Jefferson City. For more information, visit somo.org/statepickleball.

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Camp Courage

August 1 @ 8:00 am - August 3 @ 11:00 am
305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO - Missouri 65101

Our first-ever Camp Courage will be held August 1-3, 2024, at the Training for Life Campus. For more information, visit somo.org/camp

Central Area blog posts

SOMO athletes Ozzie Smith and Abby Bax pose for a picture with Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith at Eagle Knoll Golf Club on Monday, July 18, 2022.

SOMO athletes welcome golfers at Ozzie Smith’s golf tournament

HARTSBURG – Special Olympics Missouri athletes Sarah Byland and Abby Bax welcomed golfers at Ozzie Smith’s 2nd annual PGA Reach Gateway JC Dodgers & Special Olympics Missouri Golf Classic at…

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SOMO athlete works for CBS Sports at PGA TOUR event

SILVIS, Ill. – Within the sports television industry, golf is widely considered to be one of the most difficult sports to put on the air. It takes a complete team…

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SOMO athletes learn new skills at 26th annual Gary Brimer Sports Camp

JEFFERSON CITY – 51 Special Olympics Missouri athletes made lifelong memories at the 26th annual Gary Brimer Sports Camp, June 26 through July 1, at the Training for Life Campus.…

SOMO athlete Abby Bax and staff members Susan Shaffer and Luke Lamb had the chance to go on News Radio KWOS's coaches show on Saturday, June 18. The three spoke about Team Missouri's recent trip to the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla. They also previewed the upcoming State Outdoor Games in Jefferson City, Oct. 7-9!

SOMO representatives interview with News Radio KWOS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – SOMO athlete Abby Bax and staff members Susan Shaffer and Luke Lamb had the chance to go on News Radio KWOS’s coaches show on Saturday, June…

Shaffer At The Finish Line

SOMO to host 26th annual Gary Brimer Sports Camp

JEFFERSON CITY – Special Olympics Missouri is so excited to host its 26th annual Gary Brimer Sports Camp at the Training for Life Campus, June 26 through July 1. 51…

Two SOMO volleyball teams shake hands at the State Summer Games at the MizzouRec on Friday, May 20, 2022 in Columbia, Mo.

SOMO hosts successful State Summer Games in Columbia

COLUMBIA – Special Olympics Missouri hosted its State Summer Games May 20-22 in Columbia. It was SOMO’s first full three-day event since 2018. “SOMO has been through so much these…

SOMO athlete Lynna Hodgson competes at the State Summer Games  on June 5, 2021 at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo.

SOMO to hold State Summer Games in Columbia May 20-22

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The 2022 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games will bring around 1,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers and unified partners from across the state to Columbia May 20-22. The…

A SOMO athlete from Jefferson City High School receives a physical at the Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City, Mo. on Friday, April 22, 2022.

SOMO to host first-ever Health and Fitness Fair

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Special Olympics Missouri is proud to host its first-ever Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Training for Life…

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Selection Camp, celebration on tap

Two historic events converge Saturday, June 26, at Special Olympics Missouri’s (SOMO) Training for Life Campus at 305 Special Olympics Drive in Jefferson City.

Sixteen-year-old Taylor Finch of Montgomery City competed her way to a gold medal at the Hermann Area Track and Field Competition.

‘Can’t’: It’s just like cursing

HERMANN – The Finch family from Montgomery City encourages freedom of expression. Just don’t say “can’t.”

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