State Summer Games

Missouri State University

Springfield, Mo.
June 2-4, 2017

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches, along with family and friends from across Missouri will converge in Springfield June 2-4, 2017, for the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. This will be the third year of a four-year bid in Springfield. We're excited to be in the Springfield community and can't wait to see all the support that we know you can give us!

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Athletics (Track & Field)


Friday, June 2    
Time Event Location
10 a.m. Volleyball registration Hammons Student Center
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Volleyball competition Hammons Student Center
3-7 p.m. Coaches registration Hammons Student Center
4:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner Blair Shannon
5 p.m. Family BBQ (hosted by Knights of Columbus) 820 E. Cherry St.
5:30-5:45 p.m. Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg (MSU Campus) E. on Harrison past Blair Shannon,
W. on Madison ending on Bear Blvd.
7 p.m. Opening Ceremony Hammons Student Center
Saturday, June 3    
6-8 a.m. Breakfast Blair Shannon
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Coaches registration Hammons Student Center
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Track & Field (full track schedule
below & in coaches packet)
MSU Track Complex
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Swimming Hammons Student Center
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Victory Village Bear Blvd.
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Powerlifting Hammons Student Center
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Healthy Athletes Park MSU Parking Lot No. 25
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch (pick up sack lunch) Bear Blvd.
4:30-6 p.m. Dinner Blair Shannon
6-7 p.m. Athlete Input Council Blair Shannon
7-9 p.m. Dance/Bingo/Kickball Hammons Student Center
7:30-8:30 p.m. Coaches Input Council  Hammons Student Center
Sunday, June 4    
6-8 a.m. Breakfast Blair Shannon
7 a.m.-noon Coaches registration Hammons Student Center
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Track & Field competition MSU Track Complex



Event Guide/Fact Sheet
Click here to download the event guide/fact sheet with map. 

Coaches' Handbook:

2017 State Summer Games Coaches' Handbook by SOMissouri on Scribd




Knights of Columbus BBQ
The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Bar-B-Q to celebrate the State Summer Games coming to Springfield! All Knights of Columbus and SOMO families are welcome to join at First & Calvary Presbyterian, then head over to Hammons Student Center to watch the SOMO Summer Games Opening Ceremonies!
Admission is free and donations are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Barchak 417-230-4933.

As a service to our families and fans, we will have a fan table on Saturday, June 3 where people can pick up the following:

  • Family & Fans Things to Know
  • How to stay connected during the games
  • Get your family wristband
  • Sign up for the NEW family e-newsletter



If you are interested in volunteering at the State Summer Games, you can visit our volunteer website here to sign up online. Volunteers play a crucial role in putting on these games for our athletes. We rely on volunteers for everything from setup and tear down to timekeepers and awards assistance. No sports knowledge is required, and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt along with a rewarding experience!

If you're a part of a group wanting to volunteer (civic clubs, schools, churches, businesses, etc.) and want an experience of a lifetime to build team morale, please email Harrison McLean. 

Click here for a video explaining what to expect when you volunteer

Choose the day that works for you and register online:

Friday, June 2
Volleyball (AM and PM shifts available)
Photographer (AM and PM shifts available)
Opening Ceremony assistant

Saturday, June 3 
Track & Field assistants (AM and PM shifts available)
Aquatics assistant (AM and PM shifts available)
Healthy Athletes
Photographer (AM and PM shift available)
Bingo assistant

Sunday, June 4
Track & Field assistants (AM and PM shifts available)



The mission of the screenings developed by Special Olympics Inc., is to improve, through better health and fitness, each athlete’s ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. The screenings will show if referral care is needed.  All screenings are FREE! So it is important that the athletes visit the (5) disciplines offered. The screenings are led by medical volunteers from across Missouri, so we want to show our appreciation by participating and keeping them busy!

FUNFITNESS: A physical therapy screening program that is designed to assess and improve physical strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic fitness, educate athletes and parents on the importance of becoming and staying physically fit. Thanks to the Missouri Physical Therapy Association.

SPECIAL SMILES:  Dentists and hygienists provide one-on-one instruction on proper tooth brushing techniques, an oral health screening, and information on the value of nutrition in maintaining good oral health.  Athletes receive a FREE toothbrush & other dental hygiene items. Thanks to the Missouri Dental Association, Jordan Valley Community Health Center & The Smile Spot.

FIT FEET: Podiatrists evaluate ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics and proper shoe and sock gear.  Thanks to Dr. Scott Foster and Dr. Terry Sanders with Columbia Podiatry.

HEALTH PROMOTION: A health check, which includes a body mass measurement and bone density test to detect osteoporosis. Athletes and Coaches learn how to make healthy choices and also includes tobacco cessation and sun safety. 

HEALTHY HEARING:  Athletes are screened to detect any hearing problems.  Conducted by trained audiologists, this screening will alert the athlete to any hearing loss. Thanks to Dr. Letitia White, PH.D, CCC-A & Missouri State University Audiology Department.




If you're interested in helping out the State Summer Games in a different fashion than just volunteering, maybe a sponsorship is what you're looking for! Look over the different sponsorship levels and contact Carol Griffin if you have any questions.



From St. Louis

-Take 44 West
-Take exit 82A merge onto US-65 S toward Branson
-Take US-65 BUS/Chestnut Expressway exit
-Keep right at fork and merge onto E. Chestnut Expressway
-Left onto National
-Right onto Bear Blvd.

From Cape Girardeau
-Take 55 South
-Take exit 66B onto US60 West-Stay on 60 West
-Take National Ave. exit
- Merge onto S. National Ave.
- Turn left onto Bear Blvd.

From Kansas City
-Take US 71 South
-Take exit 157 for MO-7 South toward Clinton and follow MO-7 South
-Continue onto MO-13 S
-Turn left onto E. Chestnut Expressway.
-Turn right onto National
-Turn left onto Bear Blvd.

From Columbia/Jeff City
-Take 63 South
-Merge onto 54W/63S
-Turn right merge onto MO-5 S
-Turn left onto N. Jefferson
-Merge onto I-44
-Take exit 82A and merge onto US65 South toward Branson
-Take US-65 BUS/Chestnut Expressway exit
-Keep right at fork and merge onto E. Chestnut Expressway
-Left onto National
- Right onto Bear Blvd.

Renting a vehicle?

Choose Enterprise at this link for a special deal for SOMO fans.


The following are SOMO's preferred hotels: 

Best Western Plus Coach House Inn
2535 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65803

Greenstay Hotel & Suites
222 North Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802

La Quinta Inn & Suites-Springfield South
2535 South Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807

Days Inn South
621 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807

University Plaza
333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65806

Meal Count Submissions:
The deadline has passed to submit your meal counts.


Coaches' Handbook




Donations are needed to cover the cost of this event. Businesses interested in sponsoring this event should contact Carol Griffin at 573-635-1660. Donations can also be mailed to Special Olympics Missouri - 2016 State Summer Games, 1001 Diamond Ridge, Suite 800, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

LETR, law enforcement         






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