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Volunteer cleans athletes teeth during a health screening

Special Olympics Missouri receives designation as an official Healthy Community

On Thursday, July 18, Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) received designation as an official “Healthy Community!” SOMO is now one of 19 organizations internationally recognized by Special Olympics International (SOI) with…

Young athlete laying on belly under a parachute and looking up while smiling

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…

Second Harvest community Food Bank

SOMO participants play part in northwest Missouri flood recovery

During the month of March, mid-western towns along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers battled unseasonably heavy rainfall and rising river levels. One area hit particularly hard by the flooding was…

Two SOMO staff members pose together at the side of the Special Olympics Missouri podium

Guest post: Athlete-leader Lynna Hodgson’s Q&A with former, new SOMO CEOs

Lynna Hodgson is an athlete-leader from Lee’s Summit. She writes on her personal blog and we highlight those posts from time to time. This is a re-post from her April…

Athlete gives tour of the Training for Life Campus

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…

World Games 2019 Update 6

Mike and Karen Garrison are parents to Colin, Missouri’s sole athlete competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It’s been a wonderful day! One we’ll remember, cherish…

2019 World Games Update 5

Mike and Karen Garrison are parents to Colin, Missouri’s sole athlete competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  It’s been a great day of world-class, edge of…

2019 World Games Update 4

Mike and Karen Garrison are parents to Colin, Missouri’s sole athlete competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  A big hello to all of Colin’s support team,…

World Games 2019 Update 3

Mike and Karen Garrison are parents to Colin, Missouri’s sole athlete competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This has been a day that’s hard to put…

2019 World Games Update 2

Mike and Karen Garrison are parents to Colin, Missouri’s sole athlete competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  We’re wrapping up another busy day. We watched Colin…

2019 World Games Update 1

Mike and Karen Garrison are parents to Colin, Missouri’s sole athlete competing at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  We made it after a long couple of days…

Special Olympics Missouri Announces New President & CEO

(Jefferson City) The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) has announced the appointment of Susan Stegeman as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective April 1, 2019. She…