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Ladies Night Out Going Virtual

  Ladies Night Out Piccadilly Gala will be live streamed on Thursday, November 5, 2020.  

Ladies Night Out Piccadilly Gala event is a lively, fun-filled, interactive auction which gives everyone an opportunity to walk away a winner. With the crazy times that we are living in, the 2020 event will be going VIRTUAL. This year we are inviting you to have a small gathering of your girlfriends at your home, office, etc. – maybe everyone brings a snack and drink and you make it a "Ladies Night In". Or you can each do it from your own home, even in your jammies if you wish! The great thing about a virtual event is that you do not have to live in close to attend.

We would love to have ladies from all over join us and help make this year's event the best ever, despite the crazy times we are living in! Each attendee will be required to purchase an "All-In Paddle" – since there is no way to drop quarters in the bucket per item. Paddles are $50 and you would be eligible to win each item. Of course, you also have the option to purchase additional paddles for $10, if you so wish. And don't worry, you can participate to win a Diamond Pendent. $5.00 will get you a raffle ticket entered into a drawing. Everyone will be given a number upon purchasing an "All-In Paddle" we will draw by live stream on Thursday, November 5th. Go to and purchase your "All-in Paddle" for a night of fun!



Are you Lucky?

Would you like a chance to win a brand new truck?  Well we are giving you that opportunity.  

Plus, if you purchase 2 books of tickets @ $40 by October 1, you will get 10 chances to win the truck and are eligible for one entry into the drawing on November 3 for a Two-night stay in Las Vegas for two people at the Southpointe Casino and Hotel, includes airfare (anywhere Southwest flies), dinner and a show!!!
Ticket prices for the Drive it Home Raffle: $5 per ticket or a book of five (5) tickets for $20 (buy four, get one FREE)
If you are interested in trying your luck for a new truck and a trip to Vegas, please visit our website at
Law Enforcement Torch Runs Scheduled

It's time for our Law Enforcement officers to take to the roads in preparation of Special Olympics State Summer Games May 30-June 1st in Springfield. 

Officers in Region 1-North Area will be running on May 21st and 22nd.

Chillicothe, Trenton, Gallatin and Cameron will be on May 22nd

Maryville, Troop H, Savannah, and St Joseph will be on May 21st

Please join us and cheer on the officers throughoutt the race, 

 Torch Run


Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers for our Parkway Run on Saturday, May 25th, you would be monitoring intersections for runners to cross.  It is just a couple of hours and we would need you at your assigned intersection 15min prior to start of race.  Please contact Melody at or call the office at 816-233-6232. 

Join Us for Off Roading-Jeep Raffle

Special Olympics Missouri is raffling off a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Limited, 4x4!

Yes MADA has given us Jeep this year for our raffle, please contact any athlete or coach or call the local office to purchase a chance to win the Jeep!

We willl be at all Parties on the Parkway this year so yu can come by and check out the jeep and purchase a ticket. 

Tickets are $5.00 apiece or purchase a book of tickets for $50.00 for 10 tickets or contact Melody at and (816) 233-6232. 

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

I would like to thank all the volunteers from the GMT, to the City of St. Joseph, to the heathly athletes, to referees, scorekeepers, award preseenters, meal preps, and servers, and everyone from behind the scenes that work tiredlessly to make our 2019 State Indoor Games a huge sucess for all our athletes.  We could not have done any of this without the support of everyone that gave of their time and talent throughout the weekend.   It was all greatly appreicated more than you know. 

Thank you to all our sponsors the help offset the cost of the games.  I heard it from a source that it "was nice to come to a city that wanted us here and worked with us to make everything work It is fun coming and working with the great people of St Joseph."

We can not say thank you enough and hope to see you all  back to help/sponsor/volunteer in 2020!     


Ladies Night Out

It is time for the 6th Annual Ladies Night Out!  Our theme is Pajama Glam!

Wear your favorite pajamas, cutest slippers and come and enjoy a slumber party theme night.   It is $40.00 per person and you can bid for items in our quarter auction 

It will be held at LeBlond High School, doors will open at 5:30pm.

Buy a table of 8 for $300!

Enteertainment will be Oxymoron and plenty of games and photo booth to take part in. 

Please register online at or call our office at (816) 233-5232 to resgister today.  

Polar Plunge Time

You have the opportunity to help raise funds for all our North Area athletes by taking a dip in icy waters!  All you need to do is raise a bear mininum of $75 and register online at  If you don't like the cold then make a donation and be a virtual plunger.   We have the 3 following locations in the North Area:

Thousand Hills State Park-Feb 10th Registraion is at 11:00 and Plunge is at 1:00pm  Pee Wee Plunge 12 noon

St Joseph East Hills Shopping Center-Feb 17th Registration is at 11:00 and Plunge is at 2:00pm  Pee Wee Plunge Feb 16th inside at 6:00pm

Lake Viking Clubhouse/Beach-Feb 24th Registraion is at 11:00 and Plunge is at 2:00pm  Pee Wee Plunge 12noon

Must be 10 years and older, but is you are 9 and under we are offering a Pee Wee Plunge this year for all of those little ones that want to plunge:  $25.00 and they will receive a Goody Bag.  

Come on out and take a Plunge with us!



James Ross Heading to USA Games!

The ladies of Coon Creek Baptist Church along with ladies from 10th Street Baptist Church spent their day cooking spaghetti sauce, cakes, pies, cookies, fudge and an array of other treats to make the fundraiser for James Ross a total success!  A steady stream of hungry supporters showed up at 10th Street Baptist Church on Thursday night to enjoy dinner, desserts, a white elephant sale and a lot of fun with the DAWGS, Disabled Athletes with Grundy Support, acting as waiters to the crowd.  The fundraiser was for James Ross who spent the evening talking about his upcoming trip to Seattle, WA in June of 2018 where he will compete on the National Stage for Special Olympics in the sport of Bocce as a representative of the DAWGS and the North Area of Special Olympics Missouri.  The fundraiser was the idea of Diana Crawford who pulled in her resources to put on a delicious meal and fun sale.  Jim and Maggie Bush showed up with the donations that were made on Wednesday, Dec. 27th at the free showing of Star at the Trenton Cinema for James Ross along with a special check from them.  Thanks to everyone who attended and helped raise over $1600 for James Ross.  Pictured above are Melody Prawitz, the North Area Director for Special Olympics Missouri, James Ross and Maggie and Jim Bush.  We would like to thank the Trenton Republican Times along with KTTN Radio for their publicity to help make this event a success! A big thank you goes out to Coon Creek Baptist Church and 10th St. Baptist Church for all your hard work and a great location! If you would like to help James with a fundraiser, please contact Judy Rash at 816-244-6380 or 660-673-6015.







COST:  $12.00 PER PERSON OR $120 TEAM OF 10




Chili Bingo Night

Chili Bingo Night will be held on Sunday, November 19th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Mitchell.   Cost is $6.00 per person, 3 and under free.  We will serve at 4:00pm with Bingo starting at 5:30pm.   Great Bingo prizes, 50/50 Raffle and a card game will be held as well.   Come out and let us do your cooking for you and enjoy Chili, Soup, and home made desserts.   All proceeds will benefit local athletes. 

9th Annual Celebrity Softball Game

9th Annual Celebrity Softball Game

When:  October 17th

Where:  MWSU Softball Field

Admission:  $4.00, 5 and under free

Time:  Games open at 5:00pm/Game is at 6:00pm

Come join us for Pre-Game entertainment/Concessions/50/50 raffle and Wall of Fame!

Tailgate Party for Sponsors and Celebrites will begin at 4:30pm

2017 Torch Run

It is time for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the North Area legs of the Torch Run will begin on Tuesday, May 23rd with the Torch starting in Maryville, being passed on to MSHP Troop H and then Savannah and finishing in St. Joseph starting at 3:00pm.  

Wednesday, May 24th the Torch will begin in Chillicothe at the Chillicothe Correctional Center at 9:00am, then to Trenton to start at 10:00am, 12noon in Gallatin and 1:00pm in Cameron. 

Thanks to all the law enforcement officers that will be running the Torch this week in honor of our State Summer Games being held in Springfield         June 2nd - 4th. 

2017 CCC Poker Run

2nd Annual Guardian of Flame 5K 2017

WMCC Softball Tournament


Sam's Club Hosts Kickball Tournament to Benefit Special Olympics Missouri


When: Saturday October 8th

Where: Midwest Sports Complex (Bluff Woods) 6911 Memorial Highway

Cost: Entry fee will be $100 a teamTeams will consist of 9 players on defense with a minimum of 2 girls on the field at all times.

For more info, to register your team and for additional rules please contact  Dave Hubbard (816) 273-6706 or email


Eighth Annual Celebrity Softball Game

Celebrity Softball Game Comes to St. Joe

Special Olympics Missouri will hold its eighth annual celebrity softball game Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph. 

The game will feature celebrities like former NFL players T. Rucker and Michael Hill, and Mayor Bill Falkner among others. It will also feature a Special Olympics softball team, the St. Joe Sluggers.

Tickets will be $4.00 and kids five and under get in free, with proceeds going towards Special Olympics Missouri programs in the North Area. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m., game time is at 6:00. Hope to see you there!



Guardian of the Flame 5K Results

We had a wonderful day for the 1st Annual Guardian of the Flame 5k, it started out a little wet/windy but the sun came out and we had a great event.  The winners and the times are posted below.   Thanks for everyone that came out to volunteer, run/walk or fans on the sidelines.   Thank you to all the sponsors, our total for the event was $2,150. 

Over all winners Male-Paul Yoder 20:25/Female-Jill Williams 28:19 

Walkers-Christine Steele/Debbie Morin 1st with 17:48/Brenn Bushnell 2nd with 17:55/Kimberley Gibson 3rd with 17:57


19 & Under-Male-Gavin Pike 1st 27:01/Panayotis Laberis 2nd 40:21/Female-Anna Bucheit 1st 34:50

20-29-Male-Joey Smith 1st 27:14/Female-Laura Thierrs 1st 29:14/Camden Woods 2nd 32:18

30-39-Male-Jeffrey Seppala 1st 24:08/Mike Bazemore 2nd 27:09/Victor Marquez 3rd 27:54/Trent Haley 4th 28:51/Eric Dickson 5th 29:06/Female-Shandra Morin 1st 30:21/Melissa Dickson 2nd 29:04

40-49-Male-Paul Yoder 1st 20:25/Rob Tinger 2nd 23:14

50-59-Male-Larry Gibson 1st 23:32/Tim Peters 2nd 29:39/Female-Jill Williams 1st 28:19/Lisa Dalhman 2nd 29:49/Carla Mayer 3rd 35:53

60+-Male-Dan Martin 1st 23:28/Lynn McClamroch 2nd 31:14



Law Enforcement Poker Run






WHEN:  Saturday, September 3rd

Start:  Harley Davidson in St. Joseph

Registration begins at 10:30, kickstands up at 12noon

$25.00 per rider/$15.00 per passenger

Finish approx. 4:30pm at Rockin' & Rollin' on the River Event

St Joseph Frontier Casino!

Call (816) 233-6232 to register or come out on Saturday and Register!

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Highest Poker Hands!


Volunteers Opportunities-Fall Sports

 OUr athletes are hard at work, practicing and preparing for our annual Area Softball and Flag Football tournaments.  Details on each event can be found below:ea Flag Football.

Area Softball Tournament                                                                 Savannah Youth Complex                                                                            110 N Ironwood, Savannah MO                                                           Saturday, August 6th                                                                             Various shifts running from 7:30am-4pm

Flag Football Tournament                                                                      Cameron High School Football Field                                                           522 S Chestnut St., Cameron, MO                                                          Saturday, September 20th                                                                     Various shifts running from 3:30pm-9:30pm

We are looking for FUN and ENERGETIC individuals who want to help make these tournaments special for our athletes.  May of our opportunities don't require ANY prior experience!

Volunteers can view volunteer opportunities and register online at or contacting Alyssa Humphreys directly at 816-233-6232 or

If you are available and would like to volunteer please visit




Tip A Cop

Please come on out to Bandanas on Thursday, September 28th and support our local law enforcement officers with tips.  Officers representing St. Joseph Police Department, Maryville Treatment Center and Buchanan County Sheriff's Department will help wait tables, refill drinks and seat patrons all for donations to support Special Olympics Missouri.   The officers will be at Bandanas from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

We would like to thank Bandanas for allowing our officers to be at the restaurant and assisting in this fundraiser for the North Area Athletes.  


Riding for a Reason

5th Annual

Riding for a Reason Poker Run

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Chillicothe, MO

Sponsored by CCC and Chillicothe police Department. 

All riders can register the morning of or contact Carrie Pfeifer at  ride will begin at Hy-Vee and kickstands will go up at 9:00am.   It is $25.00 per person or $45.00 for a couple.

Prizes will be awarded to highest hand, worst hand and there will be some door prizes, ride will end at Washington Street restaurant with lunch.  



Guardian of the Flame 5K

Kirksville Police Department, Missouri Conservation and Missouri State Hwy Patrol, Troop B is hosting the 1st Annual Guardian of the Flame 5K on Saturday, August 27, 2016.  It will be 5k road race (3.1 miles) & Walk.Run (1.2 mile).        It will start at Maxwell's at 215 W Washington Street in Kirksville, MO.   Go online to see complete map at

Early Registration fee will be $15.00 until August 6th, late registration fee will be $20.00 from August 7th to day of the race so save $5.00 and register early by contacting Jason Underwood at or register online at

There will be prizes and at all divisions, men and women.  You can pick up your packet early at Maxwell's on Friday, August 26th from noon until 5:00pm and and starting at 6:30am on day of the race.  


Ladies Night Out

Denim & Diamonds
Ladies Night Out

Speical Olympics Missouri

cordially invites you to the

2nd Annual Piccadilly Gala

April 9, 2015

Civic Arena

$35.00 per person/table of 8 for $250

Dinner starts at 6:30pm

Auction starts at 7:30pm

Reserve your ticket (s) today by contacting Melody at 8(816) 233-6232 or

2nd Annual Norty's Shamrock Run

It is time for the 2nd Annual Norty's Shamrock Run!

March 14th, registration 9:00am, Run/Walk with start at 11:30am

Register online at

Salamander Slammers Co-Ed Softball Tournament

Brooke Lietterman Memorial Tournament

              MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
                     Golf for Special Olympics

JUNE 7, 2014       

 Cameron, Missouri

Go to

Polar Plunges

It is time to "Freeze for a Reason"!  

The St. Joseph Polar Plunge is set for






The Lake Viking Plunge is set for





Go Over the Edge!

Go Over the Edge for Special Olympics!

LETR agencies across Missouri are dispatching a call for all thrill seekers.  The 5th Annual Over the Edge will be held on October 12, 2013 in Jefferson City.  Brave men and women seeking an experience of a lifetime will rappel Over the Edge of a 13 story state building.  In addition to the experience, they will be supporting North Area athletes participating in Special Olympics who overcome their fears everyday.

All proceeds from the event benefit the 1,087 athletes in North Area who train and compete in Special Olympics.  This years goal is 15 Over the Edger's and $15,000.

Over the Edge is open to anyone 14 years or older who is a fan of having a good time while raising funds for a good cause.  Each participant will raise a min of $1,000!

We need you to step up and GO OVER THE EDGE for our athletes.

Please contact Melody at for more information or got to to sign up today!







Winners of the 14th Annual Duck Race!

We had 12 ducks that swam faster than all the others and won great prizes for their owners.   Saturday, May 11th was a perfect day for the ducks to swim on behalf of Special Olympics Missouri and Camp Quality.   The winners of this years race are:

1st Place:  Scooter- Joyce Pearce

2nd Place:  Trip to Branson-Sheila Jordan

3rd Place:  Shopping Spree- Marion Robinson

4th Place:  Home Sweet Home-Howard Trullinger

5th Place:  Taste of St. Joseph-Wilbur Callen

6th Place:  Patio Set-Charlene Smith

7th Place:  Camcorder/Projector-Jan Wheeler

8th Place:  Royals Package-Rodney Richardson

9th Place: Pamper Yourself-Michelle Carpentieri

10th Place: Car Care Package-Julie Copeland

11th Place:  Ultimate Birthday Bash-Kristy Goble

12th Place:  Weekend Date Package-Cynthia O'Danielle  



Featured Athlete

 We are proud to introduce our new Intern in the Northwest Area!   Most of you may recognize the face.   It is Heather Ball.  She has been an athlete with Special Olympics Missouri Northwest since 2004!    Heather participates in Track & Field, Basketball and Softball.   In Heather's spare time she likes to ride horses, hang out with family and friends.   Heather will graduate in June with a Bachelors in Healthcare Adminstration.  Heather will be volunteering in our office 3 days per week until she is tired of us.    Welcome aboard Heather we are glad to have you part of Team SOMO!

Ride With the Wind




Crossroads Correctional Center and Independent Farmers Bank will host the first bicyle ride to benefit Special Olympics Missouri Northwest Area.   On Saturday, April 20th at 8:30am the ride will start from the Independent Farmers Bank in Maysville, then travel Wind Capital Headquarters, then Union Star Station, then to King City Tri County Visitor Center for lunch, then back to Maysville. 

Cost is $25.00 per person, includes shirt, snack bag, lunch and prizes.  

If you would like to register or donate to a participant please click on this link:

Feature Athlete for January 2013!

Simon crowned Mr. Northwest !                                   

Simon Caldwell is an athlete that is quiet until he hits the tennis courts.   Simon has been playing tennis in the Northwest Area for several years and now has taken it on the road.   This past week Simon traveled to Charottesville, Virgina to play in a Adaptive Tennis Tournament.   Simon also attended the National Games in Lincoln, NE represeinting Team Missouri.   He traveled to Cape Girardeau in October with his new Unified Partner Brian Wolfe to compete in the State Fall Games.   Simon and Brian are being nominated to attend the National Games in 2014 that will be held in New Jersey.   They will be attending a Summer Sports Selection camp this June in Mexico, MO. 

When Simon is not the Tennis court, he plays Basketball for the Northwest Patriots.  He is gearing up for District and State competition with his Basketball team.   Simon also plays on the Northwest Flag Football team St. Joe Predators. 

Simon competed in the Mr. Northwest compeition at NWMSU in December and was crowned King of the evening.  

Simon lives in Savannah with his mother Bertha and father Bob Caldwell.  He has one brother.   Simon enjoys watching sports on TV and likes to play video games in his spare time.   He loves to Rap and eating cheese pizza and lasagna two of his favorite foods.  Simon is a member of the Savannah Lions Club and just finished up being the President of that club in 2012.   

Interns, Interns and Interns!!!!

Northwest is proud to introduce our 3 interns that will be working with us over the next several months.  Claire Busby is a student at MWSU in St. Joseph.  She is seeking a major in Speech Communications.   She has hit the road running recruiting and raising funds for the St. Joseph Plunge with her partner Emily Barnes.  Emily is a student at NWMSU in Maryville.   She is seeking a degree in Elementary Education and minor in Special Education.  

Beginning on Jan 29th we will be welcoming Nikki Nowland to our NW team.  Nikki attends Central High school in St. Joseph and will be interning in the office couple times a week until May. 

We would like to say thank you to all three interns for all you do for us and all your great ideas and input to make our events better.   Thanks and welcome aboard the SOMO team. 

Volunteers Worth their weight in Gold!!!!

Hanging out with the volunteers


Wanted to say thank you to all the wonderful VOLUNTEERS that make Special Olympics Northwest Area a top notch program for our athletes.  Without the 100's of volunteers that come to our games, fundraisers, serving on GMTs, taking the Plunge, serving lunches, loading the trucks, setting up for the games, tearing down after our events, coaching the athletes, driving the athletes, we would not be able to offer the quality programming we do.   Katie and myself can not put into words the amount of gratitude we have for each and everyone of you!  You make our program what it is and we know that without each and everyone of you and whatever role you have with our organization, it would not be the same.  So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support throughout 2012!  



Law Enforcement TR Awards

Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® Awards Presented

(Jefferson City) The Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR)for Special
Olympics Missouri (SOMO), founded by the Missouri Police Chiefs Association
(MPCA) 27 years ago, recognized the top achievers at the annual Awards Ceremony
Dec. 6, 2012.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the organization’s largest grassroots fundraising program in the state. Special Olympics is law enforcement’s charity of choice, not only in Missouri, but throughout the United States and in 46 countries worldwide.

This LETR awards ceremony recognizes individual and department efforts during the 12-month period of Sept. 1, 2011 through Aug. 31, 2012. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Missouri Police Chiefs Association mid-year conference and serves to also kickoff 2012 efforts. There were more than 250 attendees at this year’s ceremony.

The top award is named after an early Torch Run leader, John
Michael Letz. It is the organization’s Unsung Hero Award. The 2012 recipient of
the Letz Award was presented to Mark Koeller of the St. Louis County Police

Regional award winners are as follows:

Region 1 award winners (Northwest):

Highest gross increase – Buchanan County ($3,872.31)

Greatest percentage increase – Daviess Co. Sheriff (100.53percent)

Outstanding Agency of the Year – Daviess Co. Sheriff

Outstanding Unsung Hero in Region 1 – Carrie Pfeifer of the CCC

NW Area Basketball Tournament

 Katie has been working hard prior to leaving for the Holidays, getting the 2013 NW Area Basketball Tournament ready.  She has a record number of teams comming to Northwest Missouri State University on Saturday, January 12, 2013 for a fun day of competition.  

If you would like to volunteer please go to and click on volunteer signup at our NW Area Basketball games.   There are plenty of opportunities to help with the tournament. 

St Joseph to Host District Bowling Tournament

Are you ready for some STRIKES, TURKEYS, and meeting some great athletes.  Then this is your event.   We are still in need of volunteers to be lane monitors, award presenters, announcers, buddies.  If you have some time to spend with some very special athletes then click on link below and VOLUNTEER!!!

We will be having sessions on Saturday, December 8th at 8:00am, 11:00am, and 2:00pm.  One session on Sunday at 8:00am.   We will be at Belt Bowl and Southside Family Fun Center on both days. 

Volunteer Sign Up Link


Trivia Night


When:  Friday, December 14, 2012

Where:  Knight of Columbus Hall

1205 N 49th St Terr

St. Joseph, MO

Time:  Doors Open at 5:30pm/Trivia Starts at 7:00pm

Click on the following link for more information:





NW Raffle Finalist WINS!!

Athletes, Coaches, Parents and Staff sold $5.00 raffle tickets for a Ford Mustang Convertible.  On November 3, 2012 at the Area Bowling Tournament a volunteer drew Tim Petty's name to be one of the 8 finalists to select a key to start the brand new car.  Tim was the 8th person to select a key and it was his lucky number as the key he had started the car.   Congrats to Tim and thank you for your support of our program.  

November Athlete of the Month

 Tanner Hrenchir has been a Special Olympics Missouri athlete for 21 years.  He began in the program when he was 9 years old and continues playing 5-6 sports a year at the age of 30!  As he likes to say, "As you know...I have been in sports for 21 years!"

Tanner has served as a Global Messenger for Special Olympics for the past 4 years.  Tanner has shared his amazing story of overcoming all odds and his love for Special Olympics Missouri over 30 times in the past 4 years to over 3,000 people!  His speeches have been shared with elementary, middle, and high school students across the state.  He has brought students/teachers on board at both MWSU and NWMSU to plunge for athletes in NW Missouri by sharing his story with them.  He has spoken to law enforcement agencies, Riders On A Mission, Progressive Community Services, MWSU ASA Formal Speaker, celebrity softball games, and many more groups about inclusion, acceptance, and once again…his great LOVE for Special Olympics Missouri.  Tanner also served as Master of Ceremonies at the 2012 SOMO Leadership Conference.  With each speech Tanner grows as a person and his confidence level rises.  Being a Global Messenger has meant so much to Tanner and he is constantly asking his sister, Katie Hrenchir, a SOMO Staff, "Sis…when is our next speech?  I think I am ready for this!" 


Tanner was also selected to be a member of Team Missouri in 2010 for the Special Olympics National Games in Lincoln, NE.  Tanner dedicated a year to athletics practices and training to better himself for those week-long games.  Tanner was a great example of what a Special Olympics Missouri athlete should be.  Tanner has great sportsmanship, a great attitude, and a dedication to this program that is amazing to witness.  He came away from the 2010 National Games with a silver and bronze medal as well as two 4th place finishes.  Tanner and his family will never forget that experience and says he is now ready for the world games!  They feel honored to have been able to represent the state of Missouri and Special Olympics Missouri at those games.

Tanner has served as a young athletes volunteer in the NW Missouri area.  He has partnered with other adult athletes to help run stations, to serve as a leader to the young athletes, and to simply volunteer his time to give back to a program that has given SO MUCH to him. 

Tanner has taken the Polar Bear Plunge for the past 4 years with his family.  The first year he went all the way in…let’s just say after that, Tanner likes to stick his toe in and then run for the heated tents!  He likes to say each year by teasing his team members that "I’m not doing that silly plunge this year."  However, each year he stands in that sand with his family ready to plunge once again for Special Olympics Missouri!  In 2012, Tanner helps his family’s plunge team raise over $6,000 for the Polar Bear Plunge to make them the 2nd Highest Fundraising Team at the St. Joe Plunge. 

Tanner participated in the Mr. Northwest Pageant at NWMSU in 2010.  This pageant is a fundraiser the ASA sorority puts on for SOMO.  Male students compete to be the pageant winner.  In 2010 they also started allowing SOMO athletes to compete in the pageant and Tanner came away with the crown!  He spoke about SOMO, sang his favorite George Strait song as a talent, and represented Special Olympics Missouri to the best of his ability. 

Tanner is readily available at all times, unless it is during work hours at Hy-Vee Tues-Fri. 11am-2pm in St. Joe, to help anyone in the NW area with fundraising for SOMO.  Tanner has helped numerous polar plungers sit outside of Hy-Vee and other businesses collecting money for SOMO.  Tanner doesn’t blink an eye when asked to help with anything involving Special Olympics Missouri.   

Tanner has many future goals and voices these to his family and friends quite often.   Tanner hopes to be a member of TEAM USA for the World Special Olympics Games.  Tanner hopes to one day be inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame.  These are Tanner’s dreams…and we here in NW area are positive he will reach them someday! 

Tanner loves Special Olympics Missouri.  Anyone that knows Tanner knows he is heavily involved with SOMO and they are most likely involved now because of him. 










August Athlete of the Month


Joe Hochard is without question an exceptional athlete.  Joe is one of those rare people who can motivate people by his enthusiasm of what is going on around him.  One of Joe’s main assets is that he has the ability to get the most out of those around him by being himself and showing his wonderful positive attitude.  He does this by being a team player.


Joe has served on the Northwest Area Management Team for one year and just recently agreed to serve one more year.  Joe represents his fellow friends and peers on the committee, by suggesting changes that can be made at events, offering ideas that he feels other athletes would like.  Joe is the first to volunteer to load a truck, move table and chairs and lend a helping hand to anyone.  Joe is always smiling and happy to be where he is at that time helping out.  Joe is a positive role model to his teammates and other athletes; he never misses a meeting or an event.

Legendary Singer Hosting Benefit Concert

Mickey Gilley will be coming to St. Joseph to host a Benefit Concert for Special Olympics.  

Join Mickey Gilley as he tells the stories behind the songs.  Singing for the first time, all 17 number one hits in one show, this is evening you won't forget.

When:  November 8, 2012

Time:  7:30pm

Where:  Word of Life Church  3902 N Riverside, St. Joseph, MO 64505

Admission:  $10.00 in Advance, $15.00 at the Door,   $20.00 for Front Row Seats

You can purchase you tickets at Hy-Vee in St. Joseph, Q-Country Radio Station or the NW Area Office. 

Please call our office at (816) 233-6232 with any questions you may have.  



Young Athlete Programs

In early 2007, Special Olympics created this pilot program to reach out to children with intellectual disabilities ages 3 to 7, and to welcome them and their families to the Special Olympics movement.

Through Young Athletes, volunteers introduce young children to the world of sport, with the goal of preparing them for Special Olympics Missouri sports training and competition at age 8. The program focuses on the basics that are crucial to cognitive development: physical activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and the application of these physical skills through sports skills programs.

Northwest is currently offering a YAP program in St. Joseph, Monday evenings at the YMCA from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  It will run each Monday with the last session on October 22nd.

Maryville's Young Athlete program is held on Thursdays at St. Gregory's Church, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  It will be held each Thursday until October 18th. 

Chillicothe will host a one day, Young Athlete Program on Saturday, November 10th, from 9:00am to 11:00am.  

Please contact Katie Hrenchir for further assistance in registering or volunteering for these programs at (816) 233-6232 or

Harley Raffle Drawing Postponed!!

Harley Raffle has been postponed to November.  We are still selling the tickets and will set a new date for the drawing in November.  So if you thought you had missed out, you still have time to purchase that winning ticket.   Our goal is to sell 130 more tickets prior to the drawing, so any help with purchasing or selling these tickets would be greatly appreciated.  For more information please call us at (816) 233-6232 or contact Melody Prawitz, NW Area Director by e-mail at


July's Feature Athlete

Mystie LucastMystie Lucast

Mystie has been chosen to represent Missouri on Team USA at the Winter World Games to be held in South Korea in January and February of 2013.   She will be competing in Figure Skating.   Mystie had to win Gold at the Heartland Winter Games in January to be nominated to become a part of Team USA.  She won Gold in all of her events.  Congratulations Mystie!

When Mystie is not on the ice practicing you can find her hanging out with her best friend or singing in her church Youth Praise Band.  Mystie participates in Basketball, Softball, Track & Field, Flag Football and Ice Skating.   She has been Ice Skating for 6 years.  Her first coach was Laurie Hamm and now she is being coached by Debbie Cole.  She practices at least 2 to 3 times a week, 1 to 2 hours each time.  She participates in Competitive Skating as well.  Mystie has attended SOMO sports camp for 2 years and Camp Guardian for 3 years. 

Mystie will be in 8th grade this year at Truman Middle School.  She has 2 sisters and 1 brother and is the daughter of Debbie Lucast.  She likes watching the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie.  Her favorite cole is green, she like Hamburgers and Nachos.  She loves going to North Carolina to the beach.  Her new favorite movie is "Brave".  

Her favorite Special Olympics moment to date is meeting Katie for the first time. 


Win a NEW Car!!!


Do you need a new car?  Want to win a brand new 2012 Ford Mustang?  All you have to do is purchase a ticket for $5.00 for a chance to do just that.   Yes, for only $5.00 you can be entered to win this beautiful 2012 Ford Mustang.   You can purchase tickets from any of our athletes in the Northwest Area or you can call the Area office at (816) 233-6232 or e-mail Melody at  With a little luck and purchase of a ticket you may be driving in style by the end of the year. 

This raffle benefits 943 athlets who participate in Special Olympics Missouri Northwest Area. 

October 27th is your last chance to get tickets!

November 3-6 local drawing will be held

November 17th Grand Prize Giveaway for eitht finalist, MU vs. Syracuse football game, Faurot Field

Prizes for 2nd & 3rd place

Rules can be found at

Grand Prize provided by the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association.

Over The Edge

Over the Edge

Have you ever wanted to step out of your comfort zone, help a worthy organization and have fun doing it.  Well we have the event for you!  Come on and sign up for "Over the Edge"  Rappel 217 feet down The Clubhouse Baltimore for Special Olympics Missouri athletes!

September 28, 2012 we hope you will join the many daring people that will be taking this challenge!  Start now by registering at  and start raising your money so that you can be a part of this exciting event.  With OVER THE EDGE we are giving our athlete’s fans a chance to go outside their comfort level and do something extreme and amazing not only for the athletes but for themselves!

Northwest will host a bus from St. Joseph to KC for this event.  We will have refreshments on the bus, and provide lunch for all of our participants. 

All the funds raised will stay here locally to support the athletes of Northwest Missouri by providing uniforms, equipment, transportation to competition.  Here in NW Missouri we serve approximately 943 athletes year round from the tiny age of 2 all the way up to some athletes in their 80’s.  Our program is all about our athletes overcoming obstacles to be the best they can be. 

June's Athlete of the Month

Kizzy competing at World Games in Greece.Kizzy wanted to play tennis and approached us about playing several years ago.  She came to practice every week and overcame obstacles that her coach saw and was worried that she would not be able to accomplish what Kizzy has set out to do, and that was to play tennis.  Kizzy would not give up, she continued to come to practice, worked at home hitting the ball against the barn, and through pure determination she learned the game of tennis.  She went to summer camp and learned more, she went on competing at Area, Invitationals and State competitions and she continued to get better and better.  She would arrive early to be the first on tennis court always with a smile and the last one off with a smile.  She worked extremely hard to learn how to play tennis, and guess what it paid off; Kizzy was selected to represent Missouri on Team USA for the World Games of 2011.  She then started working harder then she had before so she could do her best once she got to Greece.  She raised all her money by going out and doing speeches, this once not so talkative athlete had blossom into quite a speech giver.  She raise every penny she needed to go to World Games. She won not one but two gold medals and came home and continued on the speaking circuit showing everyone that would listen about her trip of a lifetime to Greece.  She is a true athlete that worked harder than some to obtain the goal she set for herself and that was to play TENNIS!

Kizzy participates in Track & Field, Bowling as well. 

MASC Duck Race

On Wednesday, June 13t, at William Woods in Fulton, MO the ducks were let loose again!   Approximatley 1,588 ducks were adopted by Student Council attendees at the Summer Leadership Camp hosted by MASC.  The ducks were dumped into The Lake at William Woods to race to the finish line on the other side.  Several lucky winners received donated prizes from the Schools attending the camp.  

Drive for Gold Golf Tournment

 Daviess County Sheriff's Office hosted the 2nd Annual Drive for Gold Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics on Saturday, June 9th.   They had 18 teams registered to golf and the day was a great day for golf. Biggs Osborn an athlete from Gallatin hit the first ball and played a couple of holes.   They made a total of $2,200.  The organizing committee would like to say thank you to all the local businesses for the donations, hole sponsorships and the food for the golfers to enjoy.  

CRCC Poker Run Success!

The weather was great for a motorcycle ride on Saturday, June 9th.   Crossroads Correctional Center and Chillicothe Police Department hosted their first Poker Run.  They had a total of 51 riders and raised $1,580 for Special Olympics Missouri Northwest Area.   CRCC would like to thank everyone for comming out and being a part of the Poker Run.  Special thanks goes to Hy-Vee in Chillicothe for providing breakfast for the riders and Washington Street for lunch when the riders returned.  Thanks to all the riders and the local businesses for the donations for the door prizes. 

Duck Winners!!!!

We would like to thank everyone all your support of our 13th Annual Duck Race.  The day was wonderful and the ducks swam hard to the finish line.  We had a few that took their own path to the finish line but did wind up at the end.   We have listed the winners below and will be contacting all winners with details in regard to their prizes.

1st So Carolina Hilton Head Trip - Susan Arrow

2nd Branson Trip - Cynthia Michalski

3rd St. Louis Trip - Stephanie Durbin

4th Home Sweet Home - Linda Gillispie

5th Trip to Nebraska - Stevenson's Family Pharmacy

6th Trip to Iowa - Gary Wilbers

7th Android Tablet - Debbie Welch

8th KC Trip - Richard Schuster

9th Pamper Yourself Package - Mandi Steward

10th Birthday Bash - Kelly Rauch

11th Dining Out -Sam Baker

12th Car Care Package - Shannon Tritten 

Athlete of the Month

Jacob Sanger is Northwest Athlete of the Month for May.  Jacob is 29 years old and lives his parents, Jim and Jackie.  He has one sister, Jamie Lynn and one nephew.   Jacob loves to give people nicknames and if you have met him you probably have one. 

Jacob started participating in Special Olympics when he graduated from High School.  Jacob has participated in Basketball, Track and Field, Aquatics, Bowling, Volleyball and Golf.  His favorite is golf.  Jacob is known statewide for his Hole In One last year at the Dare to Dream Golf Tournament in Kansas City.   He is very proud of that accomplishiment and always tells everyone it was his lucky ball.

In February 2011 Jacob and his dad joined the Knights of Columbus Council in St. Joseph.  In March of 2012 Jacob  joined the 4th Degree.  He is now an officer (Outside Guard) and can now participate in the K of C honor guard.  Jacob is very proud of his new name "Sir Knight"  



When you meet John Barber you will always get that great big grin.  He participated in Special Olympics since 1975.  He was only 5 years old when he went to his first track meet at Noyes Field in St. Joseph.  (I have some great pictures of that event that touch my heart every time I see them.  He didn't know quite what to think of the events!)  He participates in Bowling, Track & Field, Basketball.   

Special Olympics Missouri is just 6 months younger than John.  They were both 40 in the same year, so he loved wearing the Special Olympics with the big 40 on the front! 

John's favorite event was playing on Team Missouri's basketball in Ames at the National Games. 

John has lived in Cameron Missouri since 1995 and living at Crossroads West Group Home currently.  He works at Clinco Sheltered Workshop for 20 years.  He cleans the strteets and loves it, because he gets to see his friends.  (As a side-note, we are not sure how much he gets done since he waves at everyone that passes by.  But on a postive note, everyone in Cameron knows and loves John!

He has one sister Jill that lives in California where John likes to go on vacation becuase of the ocean and the pool.  He has one nephew named Patrick and one niece named Emma.  He loves family.  Some of John's favorites are meatloaf and chocolate cake, playing basketball, watching the Royals and KU basketball, and the movie CARS.  



Aquatics & Volleyball

Competition, Competition, Competition  


This day will be full of competition in and out of the water.   Aquatics and Volleyball Competition will be held on Saturday, April 14th at the YMCA downtown in St. Joseph, MO.   Opening Ceremonies will begin at 11:00am with competition immediately following.  If you would like to volunteer please visit  and sign up for the jobs listed. 



Athletes Prepare to Compete


Northwest Area will be holding our Spring Games at Northwest Missouri State University on Saturday, April 21, 2012.   Opeining Ceremonies will begin at 9:00am.  We will host around 450 athletes, coaches and volunteers.  We will also host a Little Feet Meet for our Young Athlete Program.  Athletes and coaches have been practicing for about two weeks already preparing for these games.  The athletes must participate in this event to be eligible to advance to the State Summer Games in Columbia on May 29-31st.  If you would like to sign up and volunteer please visit


Maryville Treatment Center to Host Poker Run



Maryville Treatment Center will be hosting their first Poker Run on May 19th.  Registration will begin at 7:30am.   Kickstands up at 9:00am.   Route will be going North to Nebraska, Iowa and back to Maryville by 1:00 for lunch, raffle, acution & prizes.


Cost is $25.00 for individual, $40.00 Couples, $60.00 Car load. 

$5.00 for additional hand  of cards


For more information and to register please contact James Runde at at 660-582-6542.


Proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Missouri Northwest Area. 

New Home for Area Office

Northwest Area Offices has moved to a bigger office space.  We have the same address, but have moved to the 5th floor.  

We would like to thank Mr. James Montee for housing our offices for the last 9 years on the Mezzanie Level. Now we have moved to the 5th floor and we thank Mr. Montee for his continued support of our  organization.

Everyone is always invited to stop by and visit Katie and Melody and see our new offices.  We have room for coaches volunteers  to work from the offices if they need to.

Open House was held on November 15, 2011,we would like to thank everyone that stopped by and visited us, but if you missed that please feel free to stop by at anytime and see our new home and the many chnages we have made.      

Hopefully we will see you soon. 

Young Athlete Program Begins

St. Joseph's Young Athlete Program will begin its Spring session.  It will begin on March 19th.  at the YMCA.  If you know of any 3-7 year old athletes that qualify for our Young Athlete Program please contact:

Katie Hrenchir, Associate Area Director or call (816) 233-6232,


Athletes, Athletes, and More Athletes!!!!

Northwest Area recruited 142 athletes in 2011.  NW Area worked to bring in two new counties this past year resulting in our athlete growth. We are happy to have Atchison County, and Ray County participating again.  Ray County brought athletes to our Bowling Tournament in Chillicothe, while Atchison County brought athletes to our Bowling Tournament in St. Joseph.  

We are looking forward to seeing Ray County at Track and Field and Atchison County has joined our Basketball program.

Welcome to all the new athletes, parents, coaches, and coordinators,  

New Home for Area Basketball Tournament!

2012 saw a new change for the Northwest Area Basketball Tournament.  We moved the tournament to Northwest Missouri State University.  The campus and the staff welcomed us with open arms.  On Saturday, February 4th, 27 teams consisting of 270 athletes converged on NWMSU ready to play basketball.  Open ceremonies started with the Parade of Athletes followed by our own NW cheerleading sqaud getting things started.  The NWSU cheer sqaud and dance team entertained the athletes, parents, coaches and volunteers.  James Runde, from Maryville Treatment Center and athlete Don Ritcher ran the torch while men and women from the military, law enforcement, local veterns all lined the court.  Wren Baker declared the games open and it was time to play some ball.  It was a great day of competition for the athletes and the athletes enjoyed the fans in the stands cheering them on.  

We would like to say thank you to the many volunteers that made the tournament sucess; from the Games Management Team to the NWMSU staff, Hy-Vee for the lunches, the frats, sororities, the high schools.  Thanks for all your time.  Thank you to all the businesses that put up signs of welcome for our athletes, they truly enjoyed seeing them as they drove through town.  Thank you to all the law enforcemtn officers for welcoming our athletes as they arrived.

Teams will be traveling to Sedalia and Joplin, Feb 11th for districts to qualify for Regionals on Feb 25th in Blue Springs.   Good Luck to all the NW Area Basketball Teams.

Peace, Love, Plunge! It is Time to Freeze for a Reason?




FEBRUARY 18, 2012!


Peace. Love. Plunge.


Plunge Day Schedule


Lake Contrary Beach

5701 SW Lakefront Lane

Did you know a group of polar bears is called a celebration? How appropriate for the official party of winter!

Grab your friends and join the party this February.

We want to thank you for your generosity this past year in donating to the 2011 St. Joseph Polar Plunge. With your help, we raised more than $50,000 for Special Olympics athletes. The Plunge supports more than 800 athletes in the Northwest Area. With your help, we look forward to offering more opportunities to our athletes and bringing even more onto the playing fields!

12 Noon Registration and shirt pickup


2:00 p.m.   Plunge begins


Immediately following the Plunge Post-Plunge Party begins

(Tents in the parking lot)

Shirts will be distributed at check in during registration. Top prizes will be awarded at the Post-Plunge Party.


All participants must sign a waiver. If participants are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver, which can be downloaded from and brought to the event.



Polar Plunge food and concession sales will feature warm food and warm Plunge clothing. MasterCard/Visa will be accepted.



Start working now to achieve one of these fantastic Plunge-branded prizes which are available to ALL plungers!

$75 minimum - receives commemorative Plunge shirt

$300 - Beach Bag, Duffel Bag or Beach Towel

$500 - Fleece Blanket, Sports Hoodie or Zip Sweatshirt OR any of the $300 level incentives

$1000 - Columbia Pullover, Soft Shell Jacket or Puffy Vest OR any of the $500 or $300 level incentives$1500 - Bathrobe, Hooded Jacket or Umbrella OR any of the $1000, $500 or $300 level incentives




Online registration is the fastest, easiest way to raise a lot of money. Register online at Our website allows you to track all donations in one place, send emails and reach more people. You can still bring any additional donations with you to the event.




In addition to the incentives, prizes will be awarded for the Top Fundraisers, Top Fundraising School, Top Fundraising College, Top Fundraising Team and Top Fundraising Law Enforcement. (All must be pre-registered.) Golden Plunger Awards for the most creative costumes will also be presented to the Top Group and/or Top Individual.

Event Day





• Print and complete the Plunge Donor Receipt from

Team Captains can check in at registration for their entire team (excluding minors).

• We prefer checks over cash - made payable to SOMO.

• Utilize the "memo" area of donors’ checks for your name to assist us in crediting their donation to you.

• According to IRS regulations, individual donors of $250 and more will receive a contribution receipt from us. Other requests for receipts can only happen if they write a check and if you indicate that they request a receipt on your form or on the check.

Spooky Strike-A-Thon





6938 King Hill Ave

St. Joseph, MO 64504

Come join us for an evening of fun while raising funds for Special Olympics!  Door Prizes, best costume prizes, strike prizes, come and win all types of items.

$20.00 per person or $75.00 per team of 5!

Call our office to register your team or for more information at (816) 233-62323




Northwest Volunteer Inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame


Frank O'Malley of St. Joseph has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame by Special Olympics Missouri.  In a ceremony in Springfield, MO during the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games, Frank O'Malley was recognized for his 38 years of service to Special Olympics.

During that time, he has served as a State director in two states, Georgia, when he was assigned to Fort Benning, and in Missouri when he was located at Fort Leonard Wood.  Among Board the board members in Georgia was Rosalynn Carter, wife tof former President Jimmy Carter.

Mr. O'Malley became involved in Special Olympics in 1973 while serving as director of sports for the Armed Forces. He remained active in the organization when comming to St. Joseph in 1985 after retiring from his Armed Forces postion and taking over operation of the Budweiser distributorship, now O'Malley Beverage.

In 2003, Mr. O'Malley was a member of the Missouri delegation to the Summer Games of Special Olympics in Dublin, Ireland.  Mr. O'Malley served on the Games Management Team and was very instrumental in getting the State Bowling Tournament brought to St. Joseph in which St. Joseph hosted it for 10 years. 

Mr. O'Malley and his wife, Bobbie, are parents of three adult children, Kevin and Pat O'Malley and Kathleen (Mrs. Jim) Boldt. 

Torch Ride

2nd Annual Great Thunder Torch Ride was held on July 9th.  We had twice the many riders we did last year with more agencies being represented.  The route went from St. Joseph, to Albany, Princeton, Bethany, Trenton and ended up in Chillicote with lunch for the riders.  We would like to thank all the riders, the businesses for door prizes and Harley Davidson of St. Joseph for the jacket that was raffled off.  The winner of the leather jacket this year was Randy Schowengentt of Chillicothe. 

Thank you goes to the employees of Crossroads Correctional Center and for Warden Denny for all you did to make this event a sucess! 

Wheels For Winners Raffle

Would you like a chance to drive away as an owner of a 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible?

Support your local Special Olympics Missouri athletes by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win!

Tickets are $5.00 each or a book of 10 for $50.00.  Northwest Area has a budget of $12,000 to raise for this raffle.  You can contact our Area office at (816) 233-6232 or e-mail us at or buy your ticket from one of our athletes.

1st Place - Admission to Mizzou vs. Texas Tech football game at Faurot Field on Nov. 19 where one finalist will win the Camaro.  Includes tickets to the game and lodging.

2nd Place- $100 Wal-Mart gift card

3rd Place - $50 Wal-Mart gift card



3rd Annual Celebrity Softball Bash

Celebrities lining up for Opening!

Local celebrities unite together to raise funds for Special Olympics Missouri NW Area.  September 20, 2011 you will see Martin "T" Rucker from the Dallas Cowboys, Rob Calloway an all American Prize Fighter, KQTV 2 newsmen and women, doctors from Heartland Health, pastors, store managers, reporters, and yes even the Mayor of St. Joseph Bill Falkner will play softball against our Special Olympics team St. Joe Sluggers.

The fun will begin around 5:00pm.  We will have games in the parking lot prior to the game and entertainment on the field.  The proceeds from this game will help pay for the transportation of our softball teams heading to District and State Competition in August. 

So come on out and enjoy a family fun evening for $2.00 per person. 

Please contact our office for more information at 816-233-6232. 

Athletes attend World Games!

Kizzy getting her award!   Kizzy competing at World Games in Greece.    Chris preparing for competition  

On Saturday, June 18, 2011 Northwest Area held a send off breakfast for two athletes heading to World Games in Athens, Greece!  Chris and Kizzy had be nominated and chosen to represent Missouri on Team USA over a year ago and have been training and raising funds to go to Greece.  They were taken to the KCI airport in a limo and was greeted by the rest of the Missouri athletes and headed off to Baltimore and then on to Greece.   

Kizzy Dutton from Clarksdale competed in Tennis where she brought home a Bronze medal in Mixed Doubles and a GOLD in Singles.  She was elated and ran first to her Grandmother Edith Gann for hugs and congratulations! 

Chris Ringot from Savannah competed in Swimming where he brought home a GOLD in 4 x 50 relay medley and a Silver in 100 individual freestyle and a bronze in 200m individual medley and a bronze in 100m backstroke. 

Northwest is very proud to have two World Games Medalist in our area!  They won a medal in each event they participated in.  They trained hard and it showed when they returned with those beautiful medals around their necks.  Chris and Kizzy were honored at the Mustangs game on July 8th by throwing out the first pitch of the game.  Those medals looked wonderful shining in the sun and the smiles on their faces tells just how proud they were!  Way to go Chris and Kizzy!!!


Duck Race Winners

Saturday, June 4th was a very hot day even for ducks.  We dropped 5,000 ducks into Krug Park Lagoon for the 12th Annual Duck Race.  It was 92 degrees at the time of the race and the ducks were slow moving.  It took a record 38 minutes for the first duck to reach the finish line, but we finally had a winner.  Please check below for the list of winners.   

We had 3,063 ducks adopted this year.  Thanks to everyone for all your support and your help in making this race a sucess!

1st Place-Trip to New York-Rite Pak

2nd Place-Branson Trip-Lisa Horn

3rd Place-Lazy Boy Recliner-Debbie Welch

4th Place-Wii Play Station-Marilyn Long

5th Place-Stihl Weed Eater/Lawn care-Steve Varner

6th Place-Kindle (e-reader)-Beth Russell

7th Place-Ladies Pamper Yourself-Matt Wenck

8th Place-Men's Deluxe Car Care Package-Susan Arrow

9th Place-Weekend of Fun Package-Joan Rabe

10th Place-Ultimate Date Package-Paul Ludlow

11th Place-$100 Visa Card-Kathy Dagel

12th Place-Dinner Playhouse Tickets-Richard Ditter

13th Place-1 Lg Pizza per month-Brian Jones

We will contact all winners!  Congratulations and thank you to everyone that made our 12th Annual Duck Race a sucess!

12th Annual Duck Race

It is time to Adopt your ducks. We are still a few adoptions from our goal.  So please if you can help, go online at and adopt a Duck. 

$5.00 Lone Duck

$20.00 (5) Family of Ducks

$50.00 (12) Flock of Ducks

$100.00 (25) Oodles of Ducks

We are giving a trip to New York as our Grand Prize.  Please adopt your duck today. 

The race will be held on June 4th at Krug Park Lagoon.  We will start the race at 1:00pm.  So come on out and watch the ducks race to the finish line. 

State Summer Games

Northwest sent 160 athletes, coaches and chaperons to the 2011 State Summer Games in Springfield.  Our athletes competed in Aquatics, Bocce, and Track & Field events.  We were glad to honor our Family of the Year Chad, Valerie Vann.  Frank O'Malley was honored as our Hall of Fame Inductee with Danny Schieber our athlete Hall of Fame inductee presenting him the award. 

The weather was cool but the races went on as scheduled, the Opening Ceremonies were moved inside as well as the dance, but the athletes did not miss a beat, they enjoyed themselves and brough plenty of gold, silver and bronze medals back to Northwest to show their family and friends. 

As one athlete put it, "What a weekend, had alot of fun, but glad to be back to sleep in my own bed!"

2nd Annual Great Northwest Rolling Thunder Torch Ride

July 9, 2011

 Registration begins in St. Joseph at Hy-Vee at 8:00am. 

Kick Stands up at 9:00am

$35.00-Individual Rider

$50.00 - Couples

Online pre-registration available by clicking here.

Or download a form here.

Or riders may register the morning of the event @ Hy-Vee

First 100 registered riders are guaranteed T-shirts

Lunch Provided for all riders

Prizes, 50/50 drawing, Raffle for a Harley Davidson Leather Jacket

Please contact Melody Prawitz for more information.

1st Annual Race for Summer

Calling all runners/walkers for Saturday, May 21st!    It will be a wonderful day to come out and support Special Olympics Missouri. 

In Macon at the Macon Super 8 runners and walkers will start the race at 8:00a.m. 

Registration starts at 7:00am for packet pickup.  T-shirts are guaranteed if you registered prior to May 13th. 

It is $25.00 per person to participate. 

For more information please call Rita Boveri at 660-349-7401 or Kelly Petre at 660-395-8000 or e-mail at

All net proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.

Volunteers Needed for Spring Games
We are still in looking for volunteers for our Spring Games on April 30th.  This year games will be held at Central High School Track.  Volunteers are needed to help run the events, be escorts for the athletes, timers, award presenters, set up and tear down for the event.  Anyone interested in volunteering can call Katie Hrenchir at (816) 233-6232 or e-mail at  
Trivia, Trivia, and more Trivia

Trivia Night was held on April 2nd with 26 teams!  We had several new teams this year. The winning team answered 88 questions out of 100 to obtain the title of champs for 2011.  T-shirts were given away to the winning team and to the losing team, (we won't tell who the losing team was).  The winning team was a group of retired teachers and business men and women from around the area.  It was a bunch of friends that thought it would be fun playing Trivia and they ended up winning.  It was a very sucessful night as SJPD has 3 teams, Chillicothe Correctional has 2 teams, WMCC and WRDCC had 1 team each.  Our law enforcement agencies were there strong this year to support Special Olympics.  SAM's our partner for 2011 was there with 3 teams strong as well.  Congrats to the winning team and thanks to everyone that came out and supported our event.  Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the evening run smooth.

Athletes Give Back!

Special Olympics Northwest Athletes donate 190lbs of non-pershishable food to Second Harvest Community Food Bank.  Athletes brought in donations of food items during the Area Basketball Tournament to be given to the the food bank.  We want to start giving back to the community that gives and does so much for us throughout the year.  This is one thing our athletes can do and so graciously did.  We plan to make it a yearly event and hope to increase our donations each year. 

NW Basketball

Talk about some basketball.  On Saturday, Jan 29th, over 200 Special Olympics athletes competed in all levels of Basketball at Missouri Western State University.  We had over 100 volunteers that came out to make the day a wonderful experience for the atheltes.   We held a mini Med-Fest and were able to provide 50 free physicals for the athletes in Northwest.  We would like to thank the physicans and nurses for taking time out of their busy schedule and do this for us. 

Thank you to all the Law Enforcement Officers, Public Safety and Military that made the Opening Ceremonies stand out as one of the best we had.  Thank you to Mysti Lucas and Rita Ketchum for running the torch, Mr. Swift for signing the National Athemn, the NW Wildcats cheerleading squad and Savannah Dance squad for the entertainment.  Thank you to the K of Columbus for presenting the flags.  Thank you to all refs that gave up their time to ref the games.   Thank you GMT and Alphas great organization and planning. 

It was a wonderful day of competition to qualify the atheltes to move on to Districts and State. 

Hall of Fame Inductees

Northwest was honored this weekend by having two of our very own chosen to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. 

Daniel Schieber of Maryville is a long time Special Olympics Athlete.  He attended the 2010 National Games in Lincoln NE competing in Aquatics.  Dan was chosen as NW Outstanding Athlete of the year in 2009.  Dan is a local celebrity in the Nodaway County, participating, recruiting and helping his teams to raise money, attend competitions and being a friend to everyone he meets. 

Frank O'Malley of St. Joseph has been a great friend to Special Olympics for many years.  He was instrumental in getting Special Olympics on Fort Leonardwood for State Summer Games and growing that partnership that we still have today, he has raise numerous funds to support our athletes, he was instrumental in getting our SEF establish.

Dan and Frank will be inducted into the MO Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield on Sunday, January 30th.  Congratulations to both on receiving the highest honor we can give in Special Olympics.     

Area Winners Announced!

 Every year the Area staff, coaches, and volunteers nominate indivduals that have shown great support to our program throughout the year.  On January 15 at the Annual Leadership Conference the Area winners were announced.  We had some very stiff competition this year as everyone works hard and gives so much to our program throughtout the year.  Thank you to all our volunteers, parents, coaches, sponosrs and especailly to all our wonderful athletes for all you do to make Northwest a great Area!

2010 Winners

Coach of the Year -  Ron Bull

  Volunteers of the year - Shirley and Kristi Heideman

Family of the year - Vann Family (Chad & Valerie)

Athlete of the year - Chris Ringot

Media Supporter of the year- Lourin Sprenger

Law Enforcement Agency - SJPD

Business of the year - YMCA

Youth Flag Football Tournament

On Thursday, November 11th, there was excitment in the air.  Our two youth Unified Flag Football teams were going to play at the Missouri Western State Univertity Practice Facility.  The teams are made up of brothers, sisters, and atheltes ranging from 8-12 years old.  The game got underway after a short Opening Ceremonies. The Bulls and the Bulldogs both has their own cheerleaders from Lafayette High School, Jerry Partridge, head coach of the MUSU football team was there to declare the game open, and watch our atheltes as they made play after play.  Some of the MWSU football players came to cheer on the atheltes and presented medals to all Special Olympics athletes.  The evening concluded with a team dinner at Ci Ci's. What a wonderful end to a wonderful season for our athletes to be able to play in such a wonderful facility.  Thank you MWSU for all your support!

Wheels for Winners Raffle Winners Announced!
Pam Strodtman, from St. Joseph, Missouri was one of the 8 finalists that traveled to Columbia, Missouri on Saturday, November 13th to pick a key to see if she was the lucky winners of the 2011 Ford Mustang Convertible!  Pam selected the 6th key, but it Paul Lauer of St. Louis who had key #2 who won the 2011 Ford Mustang convertible donated by the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association. Congratulations to all our finalists and thank you for all your support for this years raffle. We were able to raise over $115,000 for Special Olympics athletes in Missouri!
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day


Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, to be remembered with a day of sports and Acts of acceptance and inclusion

(St. Joseph, MO) – (September 20, 2010) On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Special Olympics Missouri will celebrate the first annual Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, during the Northwest Area Bowling Tournament at Southside Family Center. This worldwide day of remembrance is in memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics movement and leading international advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities[1]. In 2008, awarding her the first “Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award,” Sports Illustrated called her “…one of those revolutionaries who saw opportunity where others saw barriers, someone who started a movement and changed a world.”

 “For more than half a century, until her passing in 2009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an indomitable champion for those among us who have been neglected and ignored for too long.  Her love for all people, her belief in justice and her relentlessly energetic pursuit of a better life for people with intellectual disabilities serves as an example for all of us.  For that reason, we are proud to participate in honoring her memory in a way she would have enjoyed: a day of sports and fun.”

More than 160 athletes will be competing in bowling on Saturday, September 25. Individuals and families who have no prior involvement with Special Olympics are urged to come out and support the athletes and learn more about how they can volunteer, coach or participate in a variety of opportunities throughout the year.  For more information, call the Northwest Area Office at 816-233-6232 or visit our website at



[1] Intellectual disability is the current terminology that replaced “mental retardation” and in some countries includes additional or other terminology – for example, developmental disabilities, learning disability.


Sam's Club supports Northwest
Sam's Club associates in St. Joseph has volunteered at several events in the Northwest Area since January.  They have volunteered to take the Plunge! They have rolled 10,000 duck adoption papers around tootsie rolls so they could throw them out at the Apple Blossom Parade.  They have volunteered at our office to help organize strorage room, they volunteered to serve lunches at National Games sendoff, they volunteered to attend National Games to take pictures of our atheltes, they volunteered at our Celebrity Softball Game, they volunteered the day of the Duck Race all so that they could donate $6,000 to Special Olympics Missouri Northwest Area.  On August 30, 2010 Katie and Melody were honored to receive a check from our local Sam's Club in the amount of $6,000 for VAP and individual VAPs.  This is all because the Sam's Club associates chose us as one of their Charities to volunteer for.  They had over 25 associates that volunteered over 25 hours for our organization so that we could receive the $5,000 and then 4 more employees did another 25 hours for another $1,000 in donation to our athletes.  Thank you on behalf of all our athletes. 
Athletes Heading to Greece

Northwest Area is proud to announce that we have two athletes that has been chosen to represent Missouri on Team USA heading to World Games to be held in Greece next June.   Chris Ringot from Savannah will be attending and competing in Aquatics and Kizzy Dutton from Clarksdale will be competing in Tennis.  We are very proud to have both of them representing Northwest.   Congratulations!

Football Season is Here, Flag Football That Is!
Fall is almost here and Northwest Area is ready for some Football!  We have at least 4 flag football teams this year and one of them is a young Flag Football Unified team.  We have players ranging fromt the age of 8-13 years old.  We have a  new coach for this team and we are looking forward to seeing them play at our Area Tournament in the next couple of months.  We will have our SJSD, Benton Cardinal team, our Predator team and a new team coached by the Chapmans.  Our Fan Club is ready to host a tailgate party at our area tournament and we are ready with fans in the stands to cheer them all on.  If you know of an athlete that would like to play please contact our office at (816) 233-6232 and we will get you in contact with a coach.  
State Summmer Games

This year was the 25th Anniversary for our Torch Run.  It was a great celebration throughout the state leading up to our Opening Ceremonies at MSU on Wednesday, May 26.  Seeing all the officers that ran in during Opening gave a few of us goosebumps, realizing the partnership we have with the Law Enforcement agencies throughout Missouri is priceless. 

The next day brought us warm, sunny weather for a wonderful day of competition, we had athletes bringing home gold, silver and broze medals.  We enjoyed a wonderful evening of dancing and playing bingo and back to competition on Friday and the journey home.  It was a great weekend and we would like to say thank you to all the coaches, volunteers and State staff that help make the State Summer Games a huge sucess!

11th Annunal Duck Race Winners!

The 11th Annual Duck Race announces the winners!  The race was great, weather was great and it was a fun day.  The winners for this year are:

1st Patio Makeover                   Jeanne Montgomery

2nd Airline Tickets                     Kim Alexander-Goehring

3rd Branson Trip                       John Shodoan

4th Savings Bond                       Tim Conley

5th $200 Wal-Mart                    Linda & Randy Gillispe

6th $150 GC J Franklin             Carol Hall

7th Fuji Digital                           SOMO

8th Worlds of Fun                     Darlene O'Banion

9th Tickets to Historic St Joe     Diane Pierce

10th Ladies Package                 Sue Fasching

11th Men's Package                  Rodney Killtz

12th MP3 Player                       Kathyrn Dobosz

Congratualtions to all of you and thanks for all your suport! 




(St. Joseph) The Special Olympics USA National Games will be held July 18-23, 2010. In the heart of the competition in Lincoln, Neb., will be Missouri’s own delegation of more than 161 athletes and coaches. Team Missouri athletes will compete individually in aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting and tennis, and the delegation will also include five teams in basketball, flag football, softball and volleyball.

Athletes and coaches from the Northwest Area include:
Dan Scheiber, 42. He will compete in aquatics. He is from Maryville.
Christy Cook, 18. She will compete in athletics. She is from St. Joseph.
Katie Hrenchir, 25. She will be coaching in athletics. She is from St. Joseph.
Tanner Hrenchir, 27. He will compete in athletics. He is from Wathena Kansas.
Corey West, 29. He will compete in athletics. He is from Wathena Kansas.
Simon Caldwell, 22. He will compete in tennis. He is from Savannah.

Team Missouri will travel to Lincoln to make some MO Magic, along with 51 other delegations from the United States. More than 3,000 athletes are expected to compete at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the surrounding communities. More than 1,000 coaches are expected and an estimated 8,000 volunteers will be needed.

For Special Olympics athletes, participation in a national event like this means greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, an enormous amount of pride and the opportunity to create lifelong memories. Standing on the awards stand to receive a medal alongside athletes from all across the nation is truly a moment that they have only dreamed of.

The cost to send Team Missouri to Special Olympics National Games is approximately $165,000. This will cover training, transportation, uniforms, meals, equipment, housing and other costs associated with competition. We are seeking businesses, organizations and individuals who want to “Feel the MO Magic” and support this group of world-class athletes and coaches. Each delegate is trying to raise at least $1,000. Support an athlete from your hometown by visiting, where you can make a donation online through Special Olympics Missouri’s secure system. For more information about fundraising, contact Laurie Shadoan, or 800.846.2682.

Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental disabilities. More than 15,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with mental disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

(Lake Viking) The 3rd Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 20 at Lake Viking was a splashing success, raising $26,178 to date. A record 63 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake Viking Clubhouse Beach. Their Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri! 

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Donations can be made at

Top individual fundraisers included the following:
1st Place Fundraiser – James Rash - $7,040

Top team included the following:
1st Place – Tons of Fun

Top law enforcement:
1st Place – Crossroads Correctional Center 

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”

1st Place – A Little Entertainment – Group of Huck Finn Fishermen

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Crossroads Correctional Center and Chillicothe Correctional Center. Presenting sponsors included KKWK Radio.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit 

Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental disabilities. More than 15,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with mental disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

(St. Joseph) The 4th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 6 at St. Joseph was a splashing success, raising $37,000 to date. A record 155 brave men and women from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into Lake Contrary. Their Reason for Freezin’… the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri! 

If you missed out on the fun, you can join us Feb. 20 at Lake Viking! Visit for more details and to register online.

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Donations can be made at

Top group fundraisers included the following:
1st Place Fundraiser – Hammerjacks - $5,806
2nd Place Fundraiser – Cole’s Crew - $2,660
3rd Place Fundraiser –  Cole’s Jumpers - $2,127 

Top law enforcement fundraisers included the following:
1st Place – Maryville Treatment Center
2nd Place – St. Joseph Police Department
3rd Place – Buchanan Sheriffs Department

Top school fundraisers included the following:
1st Place – Chillicothe Student Council
2nd Place – LeBlonde Student Council
3rd Place – Layfette High School

Top college fundraisers included the following:
1st Place – NW Missouri State University
2nd Place – Missouri Western State University 

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”
Team Golden Plungers:
1st Place – Buchanan Sheriffs Department - Superheros
2nd Place – Flying Ducks
3rd Place – Chillicothe Student Council - Lumberjacks 

This year’s event was held in conjunction with St. Joseph Police Department, Maryville Treatment Center, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H, and the Missouri National Guard. Presenting sponsors included Montee Law Firm, KJO 105.5, D.J. Dan, and Heartland Health.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit 

Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental disabilities. More than 15,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with mental disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.
Brrrrrrr It's Cold Out!

Its cold and it time to be Freezin' for a Reason!   It is Polar Bear Plunge time.  So get your teams together and register online at or

St. Joseph Plunge will be held on February 6th at Lake Contrary, registration begins at noon, plunging starts at 2:00pm

Lake Viking Plunge will be held on February 20th at Lake Viking, regstration begins at noon, plunging starts at 2:00pm followed by a Post party in the Club house. 

Raise a bear minimum of $75.00 to take the plunge. Prizes will be awarded to highest fundraiser, outstanding/outlandish costumes. Come out and join the fun while supporting our athletes!

Stiff & Friendly Competition Takes Place
NW Area Basketball tournament will be held on January 30th at Lafayette High School.  Teams from across NW will be converging upon Lafayette ready to play some Basketball.  We will be offering competition in Team Skills, 3 on 3, Regulation and Unified Basketball.  There will be some stiff friendly competition. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 7:30 with games beginning at 8:00am. 
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