special olympics missouri is evolving to focus on the “whole athlete.” we are still a sports organization at heart, but we are ready to shatter the misconception that we are “just sports.” to understand our disruption plan, see our programming below.

athlete leadership

Athlete leadership is a program that teaches a variety of classes to people with intellectual disabilities including public speaking, coaching, technology, governance and life skills. Sign up today!

in 2018…

  • six athlete-leaders graduated at summer games

  • we offered four new classes including job skills training and nutrition

  • welcomed 18 new athlete-leaders to the program


young athletes

Young Athletes is a unique sport-and-play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth.

across the state, we offer young athletes programs for children 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. not only does it teach them the basic building blocks of motor skills and sports, it gives them their first taste of inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.

more than 1,400 young athletes participated last year. if you know of a child between 2-7 and want to get them enrolled in a program near them, email us.

training for life camps

Video above; click to play. Special Olympics Missouri made history Nov. 15-17 hosting its first camp at the new Training for Life Campus. The Sports, Health & Wellness, and Life Skills Camp welcomed 30 athletes and 27 family members to take part in a weekend of sports, leadership and health training.

before 2018, the only opportunity we had to offer training camps was one week per year. now that we have our training for life campus, we are now able to offer more camps with a wider variety of trainings in sports, health and life skills.

for more info on the campus and camp dates for 2019, click here!


unified champion schools

Unified Champion Schools promote social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, clubs, community-wide initiatives and by fostering youth leadership opportunities. We are grateful for our partnership with Missouri Association of Student Councils for making this Inclusion Revolution possible.

since 2015, we have offered a School of Character program, which is a way for us to recognize schools who go above and beyond for our movement. In 2018, we recognized nine schools for their achievements:

Health & wellness

People with intellectual disabilities have a 40 percent greater risk for various health issues. The mission of our Health & Wellness program is to improve the overall health of our athletes through healthy eating, fitness, mindfulness and free health screenings.

in 2018…

  • we had a total of 1,764 screenings at three state competitions, two Area spring games and one camp.

  • we were awarded a three-year “healthy communities” grant to help the program grow


usa & world games

In June, we announced that Colin Garrison (bocce) of Park Hill was SOMO’s selection to represent Missouri at the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

Every four years, our athletes have the opportunity to attend our national competition — the USA Games. in addition to usa games, Every two years there is a World Games competition that alternates between winter and summer sports.

in order to qualify for either, you must win a gold medal in your event at state the year prior and attend a selection camp. for more information on how you can qualify, email us.

click here for more information on the 2018 usa games!