Southwest Area

Southwest Area newsletter

Area Contact Information

P.O. Box 140
Duenweg, MO 64841-0140
Phone: 417-624-5505


Area Staff:

Jana Fornelli, Program Manager

Haley Blevins, Development Manager

Counties served:
Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Vernon, Webster and Wright

Southwest Area events

Sw Area Golf

SW Area Golf

August 8 @ 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
2000 Richard Webster Drive
Carthage, MO 64836 United States

2022 SW Area Golf Carthage Golf Course, 2000 Richard Webster Drive, Carthage, MO 64836 Please arrive by 7:30 AM Tee Time 8:00 AM Teams must provide a golf cart driver…

State Bowling

SW Area Bowling at Sunshine Lanes

November 10 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
1500 W. Sunshine Street
Springfield, MO 65807 United States

Sunshine Lanes Springfield: Thursday, November 10 9:45 AM Physicals Due: September 20 Rosters Due: October 1 Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO  65807 Teams are assigned date and location…

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SW Area Bowling at Sunshine Lanes

November 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1500 W. Sunshine Street
Springfield, MO 65807 United States

Sunshine Lanes Springfield: Sunday, November 13 1:00 PM Physicals Due: September 20 Rosters Due: October 1 Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO  65807 Teams are assigned date and location…

Neosho Bowler

SW Area Bowling at 4th Street Bowl

November 17 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
1419 W. 4th Street
Joplin, MO 64804 United States

Fourth Street Bowl Joplin: Thursday, November 17 9:45 AM Physicals Due: October 4 Rosters Due: October 11 Teams are assigned date and location for Area Bowling. Opening Ceremony starts at…

Young Athlete Bowler

SW Area Bowling at 4th Street Bowl

November 18 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
1419 W. 4th Street
Joplin, MO 64804 United States

Fourth Street Bowl Joplin: Friday, November 18 9:45 AM Physicals Due: October 4 Rosters Due: October 11 Teams are assigned date and location for Area Bowling. Opening Ceremony starts at…

Bowling Photo

SW Area Bowling at 4th Street Bowl

December 8 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
1419 W. 4th Street
Joplin, MO 64804 United States

Fourth Street Bowl Joplin: Thursday, December 8 9:45 AM Physicals Due: October 25 Rosters Due: October 29 Teams are assigned date and location for Area Bowling. Opening Ceremony starts at…

Wheelchair Bowler

SW Area Bowling at 4th Street Bowl

December 9 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
1419 W. 4th Street
Joplin, MO 64804 United States

Fourth Street Bowl Joplin: Friday, December 9 9:45 AM Physicals Due: November 9 Rosters Due: November 16 Teams are assigned date and location for Area Bowling. Opening Ceremony starts at…

Southwest Area blog

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…

Brett Harper, Special Olympics Missouri athlete.

SOMO adds 2 to World Games torch run

Brett Harper, Special Olympics Missouri athlete from the Southwest Area, and Lee’s Summit Police Officer Amanda Geno will run with the Flame of Hope in Russia, leading up to the start of the 2022 Special Olympics World games in Kazan. SOMO announced the selections on April 5.

Sargent Mark Priebe poses for a photo with his two children in front of motorcycles and semi-trucks

A true SOMO volunteer: Mark Priebe

This post was written by SOMO Volunteer Biographer, Robert Cole When Mark Priebe first began working as a police officer, he didn’t realize how important it would be to honor…

Mark Priebe

2019 LETR John Michael Letz Award

The John Michael Letz Award is the highest honor given within the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri. It is our unsung hero award. The first recipient of…

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Inclusion Revolution: Building Friendships One Game at a Time

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Joplin High School hosted the first annual Inclusion Revolution. More than 200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from Joplin, Lamar, and Stockton joined approximately…

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

All of the coaches below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Special Olympics Missouri from their respective areas at the SOMO Annual Awards Luncheon Oct. 19 in Columbia. Each year, Special Olympics…

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