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Community shows up for #SOMOREBUILD

 On May 24, Special Olympics Missouri’s Training for Life Campus (TLC) in Jefferson City was heavily damaged by a tornado. The EF3 twister tore through the new 16.5-acre campus, destroying our athletic field and damaging the roof and most interior spaces at the world-class training facility designed specifically for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Just two days later, our community showed up to help pick up the pieces. Students from local high schools (Linn H.S., Helias H.S., Jefferson City H.S. and Blair Oaks H.S.), employees from National BioDiesel Board, and other friends from in the community all came out to help.

GFI had planned a company picnic for May 24, so they moved it to the TLC parking lot and sent their employees inside to sweep up debris and move furniture out of the building. Mizzou’s baseball and wrestling teams collected wood, roofing and furniture that had blown onto our outdoor multipurpose field. Samco broke down our office cubicles and loaded them onto a truck to be sent to storage. Throughout the following weeks, volunteers from Learfield Communications, Mizzou Wrestling, JC Mattress and many more, continued to show up every time there was a need.

In a time of tragedy, Missourians stepped up to provide hope. A number of other Special Olympics programs reached out to show their support either through volunteering at the campus or sending care packages.

 

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