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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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…

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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 stutzman@somo.org.   This Event will be held at Northwest Missouri State University @ Bearcat Arena.   Questions?  Please…

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Chillicothe Polar Plunge

February 11, 2023
1503 Walnut St
Chillicothe, Missouri 64601 United States

Bring  your friends and jump in a pool of cold water to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.   Raise a bear min of $75 to receive a shirt the day of the…

2019 KC Run In

St Joseph Polar Plunge

February 18, 2023
St Joseph, Missouri 64505 United States

Bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers to plunge in cold water to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.   Raise a bear minimum of $75 per person and receive a shirt day of Plunge.

2019 KC Run In

Kirksville Polar Plunge

February 25, 2023
20431 St Hwy 157
Kirksville, MO 63501 United States

Bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers to plunge in cold water to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.   Raise a bear minimum of $75 per person and receive a shirt day of Plunge.

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10th Annual Shamrock Run

March 11, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

10th Annual Shamrock Fun Run, 5K Run, Walk. $30 16 and older pre-registration $20 15 and below pre-registration $5 more day of

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Ladies Night Out Piccadilly Gala

March 31, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
100 No 4th
St Joseph, 64501 United States

Join us for a fun filled evening, this year it is a Garden Party theme!   $50 per person, or table of 10 for $450 Games/Prizes and a quarter auction for…

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Northeast Nodaway – 275 Local Track Meet

April 12, 2023
126 S High School Ave
Ravenwood, MO 64479 United States

For more information contact Todd Stutzman at stutzman@somo.org   This is a Unified Champion Schools Event

St. Joseph athlete Leah Shoemaker competes in the running long jump at the Special Olympics Missouri 2021 State Summer Games.

North Area Track Meet – Savannah, MO

April 15, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
10500 State Hwy T
Savannah, MO 64485 United States

Entries are due to Todd Stutzman by Monday, March 30th. All new athelte and renewal physicals are also due by March 30th  Questions? Contact Todd at stutzman@somo.org.

An athlete wearing a purple Team Missouri uniform successfully lifts a large amount of weight with a Special Olympics logo and countdown timer in the background

KC Metro/ North Area Powerlifting Meet

April 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
4209 Merriam Dr
Shawnee, KS 66203 United States

We hope you’ll join us for a “Border Battle” between MO and KS Powerlifters!  Entries and physical renewals for athletes/ teams participating from SOMO are due March 30.  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,…

Athlete smiles at camera with a red microphone in front of them

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…

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…

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