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Ceremony marks construction milestone

SOMO athletes and supporters celebrated the placement of the final steel beam atop the entrance to the Training for Life Campus.

The construction of the SOMO Training for Life Campus reached a key milestone with the completion of the main building's steel frame. The milestone was celebrated with a "Topping Out" ceremony in late January. Watch the video to see the excitement of athletes and donors who will open the Campus next year.

Building activities began in May 2017 at the 16.5-acre campus site in Jefferson City, at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 54 and Missouri Highway 179 on Christy Drive. The site, formerly a rock quarry, was excavated to accommodate the Training for Life Campus facilities and sports fields. The 32,000 square-foot main facility will house training facilities, classrooms, offices, equipment storage and a multi-purpose arena.

SOMO athletes currently number about 15,000 in Missouri, with an estimated 100,000-plus in the state who could qualify to participate in Special Olympics programs, if capacity existed.

The Campus will serve athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff for training, camps, health screenings, education and competitions.

The Training for Life Campus construction has spurred prospective additional development in the area. The Campus is expected to bring in approximately $350,000 per year to the Jefferson City economy. Its estimated 1,200 athletes, along with coaches and volunteers, will take advantage of year-round opportunities that could bring in 1,950 room nights and 7,500 meals annually to Jefferson City hotels and restaurants, according to Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce estimates.

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Read local news stories about the SOMO Training for Life Campus here.

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