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

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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Central Area Bowling Tournament

December 3
1508 N Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203 United States

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

Missouri School for the Deaf TLC Campus Visit

December 5 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Contact Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org

Tlc Running

Tipton High School Training For Life Campus Visit

December 7 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO - Missouri 65101

Would your school like to plan a visit for an inclusive sports experience? We’re excited to facilitate Unified sports opportunities, fitness and leadership training for Missouri students. Contact us! Emma…

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Lexington Local Basketball Tournament

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
2309 Aull Ln
Lexington, MO 64067 United States

Featuring Team Skills and Individual Skills

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Owensville Local Bowling Tournament

December 9 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
1011 MO-19
Owensville, MO 65066 United States

Owensville Local Bowling Tournament.  For more information contact Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org  

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Central Area Basketball Tournament Jefferson City

January 14, 2023

Central Area Basketball Tournament at Blair Oaks School District, SOMO Training for Life Campus and one more location TBD.  For more information contact Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org


Central Area Unified Champion Schools Basketball Tournament

February 3, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
305 Special Olympics Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65101 United States

School aged Unified Teams are invited to compete in a Basketball Tournament at the Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus. 9:30-1:30 Contact Emma Thomas, thomas@somo.org for more information.

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Polar Plunge – Lake of the Ozarks

February 25, 2023

We are hosting 28th annual Polar Plunge at the Lake of the Ozarks on Feb. 25, 2023. More information coming soon!

2019 KC Run In

Columbia Polar Plunge

March 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
3101 Bass Pro Dr.
Columbia, MO 65202 United States

Join us at the Columbia Polar Plunge on March 11, 2023 at Bass Pro Shops Lake. More information to come.

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Central Area Track Meet Waynesville

April 18, 2023

Central area track meet Waynesville.  For more information contact Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org

Central Area blog posts

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‘Unified Days’ kick off Return to Play activities

By DILLEN MAYFIELD Festus High School Festus High School Student Council hosted a Unified Track day for their entire district on April 15, culminating several months of planning. I went…

Matt LaCaille stands in front of the dental exam room at Special Olympics Missouri's Training for Life Campus.

SOMO wows Knights of Columbus

By JODIE JACKSON JR. | Special Olympics Missouri JEFFERSON CITY – Seeing really was believing for Matt LaCaille and a hundred or so other Knights of Columbus members who recently…

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Gary Brimer’s legacy

On Friday, November 20, 2020, Gary Brimer passed away after a battle with cancer. He left a legacy behind that includes the biggest heart for our athletes, building the SOMO…

An aerial photo of a corn maze with the Special Olympics globe logo and a torch

Midway Golf & Games creates Special Olympics Missouri corn maze

For the first time ever, Midway Golf and Games has decided to add a corn maze to the number of attractions they provide during the Fall season. This year, they…

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Lou Holtmann named SOMO Volunteer of Year, others honored

All of the volunteers below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Special Olympics Missouri from their respective areas at the SOMO Annual Awards Luncheon Oct. 19 in Columbia. Each year, Special…

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Laura Speed Elliott Middle School students raise money for Special Olympics through coin wars

On May 22, an EF3 tornado tore through Jefferson City, destroying our athletic field and damaging the roof and most interior spaces at the Training for Life Campus. Due to…

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The Impact of Young Athletes

 Editor’s note: This session of Young Athletes concluded in early May 2019. On May 22, an EF3 tornado tore through Jefferson City, destroying our athletic field and damaging the roof…

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Special Olympics Missouri Athlete Finds A “Place to Belong”

Inspired by our mission, SOMO offers programs that cultivate the whole athlete on and off the sports field. It’s easy to see that lives can’t help but be changed through…

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