Southwest Area

Area Contact Information

P.O. Box 14463
Springfield, MO 65814
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

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…

Carthage BB

SW Area Unified 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

January 18, 2023 @ 9:15 am - 1:30 pm
2600 S. River Street
Carthage, MO 64836 United States

NEW THIS YEAR!!! We are adding a 3 on 3 UNIFIED Teams, Team Skills & Individual Skills Tournament at Carthage High School. Wednesday, January 18th. Opening Ceremonies will begin at…


SW Area Basketball

January 21, 2023 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
Nevada, MO United States

AREA TOURNAMENT DATE: Saturday, January 21, 2023 Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:45 AM. Coaches Check in starts at 8:15 AM. LOCATION: Nevada School District – Brackets with specific gym…


Stevie Lain Basketball Classic

March 11, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
806 W Z Hwy
Carl Junction, MO 64834 United States

Local Basketball Tournament for Special Olympics teams. Open to all Special Olympics Teams. Carl Junction Jr. High and High School Gyms. To register, contact Maeve Sahni at  


SW Area Powerlifting

April 8, 2023 @ 11:45 am - 4:30 pm
509 W. MO-174
Republic, MO 65738 United States

SW Area POWERLIFTING LOCATION: Crossfit Republic, 509 W, MO-174, Republic, MO 65738 DATE: Saturday, April 8, 2023 Times: Weigh in 10:30 AM Opening Ceremonies 11:45 AM Competition begins Noon  …

Carthage HS

Track Meet at Carthage High School

April 11, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
2600 S. River Street
Carthage, MO 64836 United States

Local Track & Field Meet at Carthage High School Opening Ceremony at 9:30 AM End time approximately 1:45 PM Physicals are due March 22nd. Rosters are due March 25. Concessions will…

Republic Athlete On Awards Stand

SW Area Track & Field

April 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
6800 State Highway 14 W
Clever, MO 65631

SW Area Track & Field at Clever High School Opening Ceremonies at 9:15 AM Games begin at 9:30 AM Final Events begin at 1:30 PM Physicals due by April 3.…

CJ Track Meet

SW Area Track & Field

April 28, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
806 W Z Hwy
Carl Junction, MO 64834 United States

SW Area Track & Field at Carl Junction High School Friday, April 28th Opening Ceremony at 9:15 AM Events begin at 9:30 AM Final events begin at 1:30 PM Physicals…

Unified Track Meet At TLC

2023 State Summer Games

June 2, 2023 @ 8:00 am - June 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

The 2023 State Summer Games will take place in Columbia from June 2nd, 2023 through June 4th, 2023.  Times and Locations TBA. For more information contact Luke Lamb at

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SOMO Weekend Recap: Sept. 16-18, 2022

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

Missouri State Flag Football 9-14-22

Special Olympics Missouri athletes team up with Missouri State students to play Unified flag football

SPRINGFIELD – Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) held a Unified Intramural Flag Football competition at Missouri State University (MSU) on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Several MSU students came out to play…

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The Springfield Cardinals to host Special Olympics Missouri Night at the Ballpark

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Cardinals are hosting Special Olympics Missouri Night at the Ballpark on August 19. Tickets are just $13, and we are looking to have as many families…

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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