North Area

Area Contact Information

702 S Woodbine Rd, St Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-233-6232 / Fax: 816-233-0130

Area Staff:
Melody Prawitz, Development Director
Todd Stutzman, Program Director

Counties served:
Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clark, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ray, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan and Worth

North Area events

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Carrollton Local Track Meet

September 30
300 East 9th St.
Carrollton, MO 64633 United States

For more information contact Tim Schuster at

Trivia Night

North Area Trivia Night

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4520 Mitchell
St Joseph, MO 64507 United States

Teams of 10 compete by answering 10 rounds of Trivia Questions.   Team $120 or $12.00 per person. More information on Trivia Night!  


Basketball Clinic with Missouri Western Basketball Teams

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please Join us for an afternoon of Hoops on Sunday October 23rd from 1-5pm with Missouri Western State University Basketball Programs. For the second year in a row Missouri Western…

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North Area Young Athletes Program

October 30 @ 4:00 pm
1800 Alabama St
Saint Joseph, MO 64504 United States

This is a FREE 5-week Program for children with and without intellectual disabilities between the ages of 2-7.  Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills like running, kicking, and throwing.  The…


North Area Bowling Tournament Chillicothe

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
2870 Grand Dr
Chillicothe, MO 64601 United States

Team entries are due to Todd by Thursday, October 13th.  Please email entries to This event will be held at Fast Lanes in Chillicothe, MO Questions? Contact Todd Stutzman…

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North Area Bowling Tournament St Joseph

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
6938 King Hill Ave
St Joseph, MO 64506 United States

Team entries are due to Todd by Thursday, October 20th.  Please email entries to This event will be held at Revolutions Lanes & Fun Center in St Joseph, MO…

SOMO Basketball Clinic

KC Metro Basketball Clinic

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145 United States

SOMO is hosting a FREE Basketball Clinic with Avila University!  Limited spots, so RSVP today!  Click here to Register!  Teams and coaches encouraged to participate!  Questions?  Please contact Meg Ward:…

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Built Strong Powerlifting Meet

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
1527 Howell St
North Kansas City, MO United States

Come cheer on many of our athletes who will be participating in Built Strong!  Huge shoutout to Brave Enough Crossfit for hosting this amazing event!


Basketball Clinic with Rockhurst University

December 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1100 Rockhurst Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States

Free Clinic hosted by Rockhurst University and The Whole Person! 10:30am: Arrive to campus gym and introductions to the team 11:00am-noon: Basketball Clinic (max of 30 participants) Noon: Pizza available…


North Area Basketball Tournament

January 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
917 College Ave
Maryville, 64468

Team entries and physicals due Thursday, December 8th. Please email entries to   This Event will be held at Northwest Missouri State University @ Bearcat Arena.   Questions?  Please…

North Area blog posts

Cortez Jackson - State Outdoor Games 2021

Special Olympics Missouri to host State Outdoor Games in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY — The 2022 Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) State Outdoor Games will bring around 1,100 athletes, coaches, volunteers and Unified partners from across the state to Jefferson City, Oct.…

Special Olympics Missouri athlete Tanner Hrenchir was inducted into the St. Joseph Area Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2022.

Special Olympics Missouri athlete inducted into St. Joseph Area Sports Hall of Fame

ST. JOSEPH — Longtime Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) athlete Tanner Hrenchir was officially inducted into the St. Joseph Area Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. Hrenchir was…

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SOMO Weekend Recap: Sept. 16-18, 2022

Here’s a look back at all of the amazing Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) events from Sept. 16-18, 2022! Friday, Sept. 16 SOMO held its St. Louis Metro Area Golf Tournament…

Charlie Phillips shows off his letter announcing his nomination to the 2023 Special Olympics World Games at Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022

SURPRISE VIDEO: Special Olympics Missouri athlete nominated to compete at 2023 Special Olympics World Games

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is very excited to announce longtime athlete Charlie Phillips has been nominated to represent Special Olympics Missouri and Special Olympics USA at the…

Special Olympics Missouri athletes played against athletes from Special Olympics Kansas at Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo. at Chiefs Training Camp on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Special Olympics Missouri athletes compete at Chiefs Training Camp

ST. JOSEPH – The Kansas City Chiefs were not the only football team training at Missouri Western State University on Thursday. Special Olympics Missouri and Special Olympics Kansas faced off…

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…

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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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Jared Niemeyer named SOMO Athlete of the Year, other athletes honored

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 Oct. 19 in Columbia. Each year,…

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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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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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