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SOMO suffers severe damage from uncanny second tornado

Eight years to the day that Special Olympics Missouri lost its Joplin, MO office to a devastating EF5 tornado, the charitable organization’s new Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City, MO was heavily damaged by another tornado on May 22, 2019.

The recent EF3 tornado tore through the new 16-acre Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus last month, destroying athletic fields and damaging the roof and all interior spaces at the world-class training facility designed specifically for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Great naming opportunities for donors

Supporters of the SOMO Training for Life Campus can pay tribute, start a legacy and make a permanent impact on the new Training for Life Campus with several naming opportunities still available.

LETR Plaza pays tribute to officers

Pay tribute to an officer, department or SOMO athlete you love.

Purchase a paver in their honor.

Athletes can earn letterjackets & class rings

SOMO athletes can earn a TLC Charter Class letterjacket,
class ring, warmup shirt or cap by signing up for the athlete fundraising
program for the SOMO Training for Life Campus


Beth Brokamp shows fellow athletes how it's done

SOMO athlete Beth Brokamp is one of the biggest Mizzou fans in the state. When she talks, Mizzou Director of Athletics Mike Alden listens.

Chris Lenzen memorial gift benefits Campus

Chris Lenzen learned at a very early age that differences in people were normal. He loved spending time with his aunt who had Down syndrome. He made friends with fellow students who were different, often picking them for his team in gym class. “His whole life, he was around people with differences,” explains his mother, Polly Lenzen. “He got really comfortable with differences. From the time he started kindergarten, there was always someone with disabilities. He would always defend and befriend them.”

Jared Niemeyer is raising 'buckets of money' for SOMO Campus

SOMO athlete Jared Niemeyer is well known as a multi-sport athlete and a Global Ambassador. But it's Jared's work in the kitchen that's been turning heads around the state. Jared attended a SOMO Leadership Conference and heard that it was going to take "buckets of money" to build the new SOMO Training for Life Campus. So Jared wasted no time improvising a big jar to collect coins and bills, and inviting family members and visitors to the Niemeyers' home to pitch in.
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