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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…

2021 SOMO State Summer Games Volunteer

SOMO seeks volunteers for 2022 State Summer Games

COLUMBIA – Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is recruiting individuals to volunteer for the 2022 State Summer Games, May 20-22 in Columbia. The three-day event will be held at both the…

Students from Poplar Bluff High School pose for a picture.

SOMO presents Poplar Bluff with School of Character Award of Merit

BRANSON, Mo. – Special Olympics Missouri presented its 2022 School of Character awards at the annual Missouri Association of Student Councils Convention in March. Poplar Bluff earned the annual Award…

Chris Wilson

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson is a sales manager for the Greater Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau with an emphasis on sports marketplace, where he has had the pleasure of co-chairing the…

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Meet the Team: Team Missouri 3 on 3 basketball

Meet the team that will represent Missouri in 3 on 3 basketball at USA Games, this summer at Disneyland in Orlando, Florida, June 5-12. They are led by their coach…

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Special Olympics Missouri Selects New CEO

The Board of Directors for Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Larry Linthacum as the statewide non-profit organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.…

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Gudenkauf family of Southeast Area wins SOMO family of the year

Each year, Special Olympics Missouri salutes those who have made significant contributions to the Special Olympics movement. Each area nominee is submitted for statewide recognition, and the overall winners were…

Keith Patterson

Keith Patterson of Southwest Area named best SOMO coach

Each year, Special Olympics Missouri salutes those who have made significant contributions to the Special Olympics movement. Each area nominee is submitted for statewide recognition, and the overall winners were…

Jason Underwood named SOMO Volunteer of Year

Where do you begin to describe a person that gives so much of himself to Special Olympics? Jason Underwood has been involved in some capacity with Special Olympics for over…

Brett Harper

Brett Harper named SOMO Athlete of the Year

All of the athletes below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Special Olympics Missouri from their respective areas at the SOMO Annual Awards Luncheon June 26 in Jefferson City. Each…