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Campus gets green light from Jefferson City

Training for Life Campus gets go-ahead from Jefferson City officials

(Adapted from the News Tribune. Full story here:

The Jefferson City Board of Adjustment unanimously gave approval for Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) to build its Training for Life Campus in an area not zoned for such a facility. he action happened at its November 2016 board meeting.

Mark Musso, the president of SOMO, and some of the professionals who will bring SOMO's Training for Life Campus to reality next year at 2221 Christy Drive, showed up at the Jefferson City Board of Adjustment early Tuesday morning armed with every detail about their project.

And, for the first time, Musso put the new edifice and its environs in a global perspective.

"I have personally toured other facilities, and this will be one of a kind and clearly the finest in the 175 countries with Special Olympics programs. While some of them have sports venues for training, we will have the only campus that offers healthy athletes screening rooms equipped for health care professionals to conduct health screenings on each and every athlete.

Musso said the free screenings include vision, hearing, teeth, feet, physical therapy, health promotion and sports physicals.

"Many other U.S. and national Special Olympics programs have expressed great interest in visiting our campus to model similar programming in their locales," he added.

The zoning change approval is essentially a final step before dirt is dug, concrete is poured and steel is erected next spring on the 16.5-acre site on the east side of Christy Drive, three quarters of a mile south of Ellis Boulevard on property currently used as a rock quarry.

The 44,000-square-foot structure will be complemented with a variety of outdoor recreational fields, providing space for soccer, a four-lane track, the long jump, a 100-meter straight-away, golf skills space, horseshoe pits, the shot put, a tennis competition area, softball fields (in a space called the "Miracle Field"), boccie courts, a torch run plaza and as-yet unidentified sports.

"A variety of athletic fields are shown at the northern side of the site, and it is understood that the exact arrangement and type of outdoor athletic fields may change over time as Special Olympics works to meet the needs of their customers," said Eric Barron, senior planner in the city's planning and zoning division of the planning and protective services department.

Support the Training for Life Campus

There is a limited-time opportunity to secure a lasting recognition inside the multi-purpose arena inside the Training for Life Campus main facility. A limited number of recognition panels are available, so secure yours today by downloading and completing the order form on this page, or contact Laurie Shadoan at or (913) 789-0353.

Other naming opportunities are available at the new SOMO Training for Life Campus, including markers and benches along the Tribute Trail, which wraps around the perimeter of the 16.5-acre Training for Life Campus. Learn about the Tribute Trail here.

In addition, you may honor an officer, department, athlete or team with the purchase of a paver stone on the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Donor Plaza, to be located in a central area among the outdoor playing fields of the Training for Life Campus. Learn about these recognition opportunities at the LETR Plaza here. 

All contributions are tax-deductible. Tax credits are available for contributions of $1,000 or more. Learn more at



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