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Berryhill/Dinkins family of Southeast Area wins SOMO family of the year, others honored

All of the families 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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Kevin Chapman of Southwest Area named best SOMO coach, others honored

All of the coaches 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 Olympics…

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Drive it Home Raffle: Meet the Finalists!

The Drive It Home Raffle is a statewide promotion that directly benefits more than 16,000 Special Olympics Missouri athletes across the state. We are honored to work with our statewide…

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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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Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid Supports Special Olympics Missouri

Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid has partnered with Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) to promote the statewide organization through a series of public service announcements. “I believe in this…

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Athlete-Leader guest post: My experience at the United Nations

This blog post was written by athlete-leader and SOMO board of directors member Jared Niemeyer. In June, Niemeyer attended the United Nations 12th Conference of State Parties to the Convention for…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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…