2016 SOMO Annual Report
 

"You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence, you send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory."

- Eunice Kennedy Shriver,
Founder of Special Olympics International

 
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2016 State Summer Games at Missouri State University

2016 State Summer Games at Missouri State University

Jamaal Charles Unified Flag Football Clinic

Jamaal Charles Unified Flag Football Clinic

St. Joseph vs. Jackson County Parks & Rec in floor hockey at a tournament in Nebraska

St. Joseph vs. Jackson County Parks & Rec in floor hockey at a tournament in Nebraska

An athlete receives a free dental screening at State Outdoor Games

An athlete receives a free dental screening at State Outdoor Games

Celebrating the day's triumphs at State Outdoor Games Opening Ceremony

Celebrating the day's triumphs at State Outdoor Games Opening Ceremony

An athlete-leader receives instruction during the photography class at Athlete Leadership Programs University at Missouri Military Academy

An athlete-leader receives instruction during the photography class at Athlete Leadership Programs University at Missouri Military Academy

Basketball competition at State Indoor Games at Waynesville High School

Basketball competition at State Indoor Games at Waynesville High School

Program Facts

Stories that shaped our year

Cycling at Sports Camp
July 6

“In our culture there are certain milestones in people’s lives and that ‘learn-to-ride’ story is certainly one of them,” Simonson said.

“That’s a massive milestone and some people in your program may have never had that opportunity. If we can come in and give them that life milestone, it’s a wonderful thing. Everyone should have that. We’re excited to help give them that.”

 
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Making the most of SOMO summer programming
august 25

“You do not want to miss the fun (of Sports Camp, Athlete Leadership Programs University and Missouri Association of Student Councils Camp) staying at home playing video games,” SOMO athlete Michael Mohrmann said.

“It is a chance to meet new people, have fun for the summer and learn new things that can help you for your whole life.”

 

Tim Shriver and Roy Blunt visit Missouri
november 9

It didn’t take long for the Special Olympics Chairman and U.S. Senator to drop their formal titles and embrace their inner young athlete. The athletes’ infectious joy spread to Shriver and Blunt, who cheered them on as they made their way through the obstacle course and tried to keep up in intense rounds of Zombie Red Light Green Light. They shared in struggles, discovering how difficult it is to toss a scarf in the air and catch it on your stomach.

 

2016 was another fantastic year for Special Olympics Missouri and the 15,000 athletes who utilize our resources. We couldn't have offered all the kinds of programming without the help of our volunteers and donors, so watch the video and find out what your money allowed our athletes to do in 2016.


A congratulatory hug after crossing the finish line at the State Summer Games at Missouri State University in Springfield

A congratulatory hug after crossing the finish line at the State Summer Games at Missouri State University in Springfield

Allen Tobin, left, traveled to Washington, D.C. for Special Olympics Hill Day to lobby for more funding

Allen Tobin, left, traveled to Washington, D.C. for Special Olympics Hill Day to lobby for more funding

Celebrating a great disc golf throw during Sports Camp

Celebrating a great disc golf throw during Sports Camp

Bowling competition at State Indoor Games at Daugherty Bowl on Fort Leonard Wood post

Bowling competition at State Indoor Games at Daugherty Bowl on Fort Leonard Wood post

The only thing better than an award after competition may be a high-five from our friends in blue

The only thing better than an award after competition may be a high-five from our friends in blue

Cheese! Goofing around at Sports Camp

Cheese! Goofing around at Sports Camp

 

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