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Updates About Tornado Damage at Training for Life Campus



Update Oct. 14, 2019

TLC Roof RepairConstruction crews are at the Campus replacing the roof!


Update Aug. 26, 2019

Demolition is underway as we prepare to begin the rebuild. Damaged drywall, flooring, windows and electrical equipment have all been removed.

SM Wilson and our insurance company have both submitted their estimates. Because this is an insurance claim and not a design-build project like the first time, it is up to them to come together in agreement.  Both entities have demonstrated their incredible belief in our project and are terrific partners!  They meet the week after Labor Day and are expected to come to a consensus then.

The campus management team has considered feedback from camp and day program attendees and is recommending some upgrades during the rebuild process. These upgrades include automatic doors to the northern bathrooms, adjustable overhead lighting in the arena, tinted windows in the arena and an overhead fan in the fitness room. Any improvements to the campus will be made using funds collected from the #SOMORebuild campaign.


Update from SOMO President & CEO Susan Stegeman on July 30, 2019:

The demo work at the campus will begin this week, led by SM Wilson. The Construction Committee met July 30 and we learned that SM Wilson is still in the process of receiving bids from sub-contractors. They plan to work with the same ones that built the campus unless they are not available to do the work. Both of the above will impact the timeline on when we will be back in the building again and offering programs; this date will not be known until the bid work is complete.

To help dispel some rumors in the community, we are placing a huge banner at the campus stating that we will #SOMORebuild and be back in 2020.

Remember to follow #SOMORebuild on social media and this website for the most up-to-date information on our rebuilding process. We thank everyone for their support through this difficult time!

Updated June 20, 2019

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

Training for Life Campus after tornado

The recent EF3 tornado tore through the new 16.5-acre Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus last month, 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.

“After an initial report from our engineers, we are happy to report that the Training for Life Campus is not a total loss,” said Susan Stegeman, SOMO President & CEO. "The investigations are ongoing and we will continue to share information as it is available. Until the total damages/costs analysis is complete, we won’t know the time frame."

The Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City housed an arena, workout facilities, training rooms and a health clinic for medical, dental and vision screenings for the 16,000 SOMO athletes in Missouri. The campus is now closed for extensive repairs which are expected to take many months to complete. Our State Summer Games scheduled for the following weekend were canceled due to the devastation at the campus and in the Jefferson City community, as well as flooding and the forecast for more rain.

Opened just eight months prior, the SOMO Training for Life Campus was built with private funds raised throughout Missouri. Despite this tremendous setback, SOMO’s Board of Directors and staff promise to rebuild the Training for Life Campus, and again provide its athletes, families and coaches a place to call home. The campus is regarded as one of the most comprehensive facilities ever built to specifically address the needs of Special Olympics athletes.

To see the stories of passion, dedication and perseverance through this tragedy, be sure to follow along on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Flickr, Instagram and YouTube), #SOMORebuild. We’ll post updates to the status of the rebuild on this page. 

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