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We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks?

We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual

2016

Annual Report

We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual
We’re building for a better future. Will you help us lay the final bricks? 2016 Annual

A LETTER FROM SOMO LEADERSHIP

Special Olympics Missouri celebrated its 45th year of planning and executing more than 300 yearly trainings, camps and competitions in 2016. As an organization dedicated to improv- ing the lives of more than 15,300 athletes around the state, we have the tendency to all too quickly shift our focus from the current events that just happened to the future events yet to come. Operating this way inherently has its pros and cons. It allows us to safely conduct event after entertaining event for our athletes, volun- teers, parents, sponsors and more while look- ing toward making the next one even better. However, sometimes it’s difficult for us to take a step back and really appreciate what’s happening around us – the athletes competing at their peak, coaches putting their athletes in the best position to succeed and volunteers donating their time to make it all possible. This was the second year of a three-year

strategic plan (below) centered on mapping out our future, especially for the Training for Life Campus. Despite our meticulous work to plan for when we move onto the new campus, it was important for us to step back and take in all that our organization accomplished in day-to- day operations last year. In this world today, we can’t lose sight of what’s right in front of us on a daily basis within our organization. The year 2016 at SOMO was about trying to lift up the little moments of joy. We offered the same high-quality experience to nearly 600 programs and teams around the state. We built toward a better future with the progress of the Training for Life Campus (page 3), Healthy Athletes (page 2), Athlete Leader- ship Programs (page 2) and more. On a daily basis we laid the building blocks for what the program should look like in the future. We knew without a solid foundation for expansion, our grand plans would amount to nothing.

We know that there are thousands of other non-profit organizations you could support so whether you donated time or money, you’re a part of our family and we appreciate you. We appreciate your support, and continue to put your dollars to good use through maintaining 85 percent of your donations being spent on program services. Thank you for making all of this possible. If you are interested in seeing a more in- depth annual report with stories, videos and more photos, including a copy of our donor listing on our website visit www.SOMO.org/ AnnualReport.

Dr. Phil Cook 2016 Chairman Board of Directors

Mark C. Musso President & CEO

MISSION Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety
MISSION
Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children
and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage,
experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

CELEBRATING THE PAST, BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

• In May, we received a $1 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation to go toward the Training for Life Campus.

• We offered coaches’ trainings (90 in total) around the state to better prepare them for their sports seasons.

• We celebrated 30 years of partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch

Run®, which held steady at No. 6 in the world in terms of money raised for

Special Olympics programs.

• For the first time, we offered two Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs)

Universities in the same year. New class offerings included Self-Advocacy

& Professionalism, Photography, Videography, Sport Psychology, Personal

Finances and more.

• We celebrated 25 years of partnership with Missouri Association of Student Councils and introduced the new School of Character award for outstanding schools that go above and beyond for our athletes and our mission.

• We hosted Special Olympics Chairman Dr. Tim Shriver and Sen. Roy Blunt for

a panel on Healthy Athletes, Unified Sports and youth leadership in Kansas City and a Young Athletes demonstration in St. Louis.

2017 GOALS

• All event planners shall incorporate a minimum of two athlete-leaders (as evaluators, Games Management Team members, fundraising committee members, etc.) and assign specific responsibilities.

• Complete a cost analysis of Training for Life Campus (TLC) operational expenses for the 2018 budget.

• Develop a comprehensive plan for programming at TLC to include, but not

limited to, Healthy Athletes, ALPs, Young Athletes, the fitness center and training camps.

• Develop and implement an evaluation program to determine if current volunteers are satisfied in their current roles.

• Develop and implement additional online coaches’ training opportunities.

• Develop and implement a sponsor engagement program.

• Expand medical community partnerships for Healthy Athletes.

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PROGRAMS WE OFFER

Athlete Leadership Programs

Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) provide an opportunity for athletes who wish to expand their role in Special Olympics Missouri beyond the field of competition. ALPs truly is a program for every single one of our athletes and SOMO is committed to making sure every athlete feels welcome in this setting. It’s important for potential athlete-leaders to recognize that this program will push them. It will be hard work and the expectation is that they will attend classes, be attentive and engaged and complete homework for every class. They will get out of this class what they’re willing to put in; so long as they’re willing to work hard, they will excel. On the field of competition, our athletes learn how to achieve success, joy and acceptance, while Athlete Leadership Programs teach them how to achieve those same goals and feel just as empowered while off the field

same goals and feel just as empowered while off the field of competition as respected leaders

of competition as respected leaders in their communities. Throughout Special Olympics, athlete-leaders take on roles and re- sponsibilities from many different ALPs initiatives. They can work as employees of Special Olympics programs, speak on behalf of SOMO as Global Messen- gers, serve as coaches and volunteers, officiate competitions and represent other athletes and leaders as part of the SOMO Input Council and so much more. For more info, visit www.SOMO.org/ALPs.

Healthy Athletes®

more info, visit www.SOMO.org/ALPs . Healthy Athletes ® The Healthy Athletes® program is an initiative developed

The Healthy Athletes® program is an initiative developed by Special Olympics Inc., with a mission of improving the overall health of our athletes through various health screenings. People with intellectual disabil- ities have a 40 percent greater risk for various health issues. This is a wonderful program that offers our athletes improved health in an environment focused on the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Disciplines include Fit Feet (po- diatric screening), Healthy Hearing (audiology screening), Health Promotion (nutrition, tobacco cessation and sun safety), Special Smiles (dental screening), MedFest (sports physical examination), Opening Eyes (eye screening) and FUNFitness (flexibility, strength and balance). In 2016, we had a total of 1,603 screenings at three statewide competitions and two Area Spring Games. In 2017, our goals are to establish additional partnerships within the medical field and to train additional clinicians for all health disciplines. For more information on how to get involved by volunteering or becoming a clinician or sponsor, visit www.SOMO.org/ HealthyAthletes or contact Carol Griffin at Griffin@somo.org.

or contact Carol Griffin at Griffin@somo.org . Young Athletes ™ Young Athletes™ is a unique
or contact Carol Griffin at Griffin@somo.org . Young Athletes ™ Young Athletes™ is a unique
or contact Carol Griffin at Griffin@somo.org . Young Athletes ™ Young Athletes™ is a unique
or contact Carol Griffin at Griffin@somo.org . Young Athletes ™ Young Athletes™ is a unique
or contact Carol Griffin at Griffin@somo.org . Young Athletes ™ Young Athletes™ is a unique

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. Children ages 3-7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. It not only teaches them the motor skills they’ll use later in life, but it also teaches them how to interact with other children their age who might learn at a different pace. For many families, this is their first introduction to Special Olympics and the resources and support we offer for children (and adults) with intellectual disabilities. SOMO served more than 1,000 Young Athletes in 2016. For more info on a YAP near you, visit www.SOMO.org/YAP.

For more info on a YAP near you, visit www.SOMO.org/YAP . Unified Sports ® Special Olympics
For more info on a YAP near you, visit www.SOMO.org/YAP . Unified Sports ® Special Olympics

Unified Sports®

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Athletes and partners compete alongside one another, each in a meaningful and integral role on the Unified Sports team. Unified Sports gives volunteers a chance to get to know, work with and mentor our athletes all while playing alongside them on the field of competition. Both athlete and partner meaningfully interact with one another, develop mutually- rewarding relationships, are recognized as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect. For more info, visit www.SOMO.org/UnifiedSports.

as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect. For more info, visit www.SOMO.org/UnifiedSports . 2016
as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect. For more info, visit www.SOMO.org/UnifiedSports . 2016
as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect. For more info, visit www.SOMO.org/UnifiedSports . 2016
as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect. For more info, visit www.SOMO.org/UnifiedSports . 2016
as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect. For more info, visit www.SOMO.org/UnifiedSports . 2016

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TRAINING FOR LIFE CAMPUS

TLC Plans Take Shape, Groundbreaking Set for 2017

Late in 2016, Jefferson City officials unani- mously approved for Special Olympics Missouri to build its Training for Life Campus on a 16.5-acre site at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 54 and Missouri Highway 179. Mark Musso, SOMO president/CEO, put the new construction and its surroundings in a global perspective. "I have personally toured other facilities, and this will be one of a kind and clearly the finest in the 175 countries with Special Olym- pics programs,” Musso said. “While some of them have sports venues for training, we will have the only campus that offers Healthy Athletes screening rooms equipped for health care professionals to conduct health screenings on each and every athlete.” Musso said the free screenings include vision, hearing, dental, podiatry, physical therapy, health promotion and sports physical exams. The 34,000-square-foot structure will be complemented with a variety of outdoor recreational fields in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., Outdoor Multi-Sport Training Area. SOMO has raised more than $16 million for the Training for Life Campus, and an additional $2.2 million is needed to complete the outdoor fields and purchase sports equipment. Donors can benefit from Missouri Develop- ment Finance Board (MDFB) tax credits, avail- able to any Missouri taxpayer who donates $1,000 or more to support the Training for Life Campus.

$1,000 or more to support the Training for Life Campus. This is the latest rendering of

This is the latest rendering of the front entrance to the Training for Life Campus. The left-hand side with the SOMO logo is the Centene Charitable Foundation Sports & Recreation Arena, while the right-hand side is where SOMO’s Headquarters and Central Area offices and the Missouri State Knights of Columbus Sports Education Multimedia Center will be housed.

A donation of $1,000 or more can earn a tax credit of 50 percent which, combined with fed- eral and state tax deductions, can reduce taxes even more. Details are available at www.SOMOCampus.org. Donors should ask SOMO’s development team for specifics of how to take advantage of this generous tax credit program. Contact Laurie Shadoan, chief advancement officer for SOMO, at 913-789-0353 or email Shadoan@somo.org to learn more about how your gift to support SOMO’s Training for Life Campus has rewards for both the athletes and you.

for Life Campus has rewards for both the athletes and you. A rendering of the inside

A rendering of the inside of the arena that will house basketball and volleyball courts with a roll-down divider.

2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Phil Cook, Chairman Carl Junction Carl Junction School District, Superintendent Carl Junction Carl Junction School District, Superintendent

Carl Junction Carl Junction School District, Superintendent Don Spears, Vice-Chair Belton Belton Police Department,

Don Spears,

Vice-Chair

Belton

Belton Police

Department,

Captain

Spears, Vice-Chair Belton Belton Police Department, Captain Gary Wilbers, Secretary Jefferson City Ascend Business

Gary Wilbers,

Secretary

Jefferson City

Ascend Business

Strategies,

Executive Coach

Jefferson City Ascend Business Strategies, Executive Coach Dr. LeeAnn Barrett, Treasurer Boonville Missouri Optometric

Dr. LeeAnn

Barrett, Treasurer

Boonville

Missouri Optometric

Association, Executive

Director

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Richard Banahan St. Louis St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Chief of Police St. Louis St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Chief of Police

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Chief of Police Linda Brokamp, Columbia IDEXX BioResearch, Global
St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Chief of Police Linda Brokamp, Columbia IDEXX BioResearch, Global

Linda Brokamp,

Columbia

IDEXX BioResearch,

Global Product

Manager

Jeanie Byland

Columbia

Mid America

Mortgage,

Vice President

Roger Gardner Jefferson City Learfield, Chief Culture & Communications Officer Jefferson City Learfield, Chief Culture & Communications Officer

Dr. Rolanda Gott St.Louis MissouriAutism CenterSSMCardinal GlennonChildren’s MedicalCenter, MedicalDirectorDr. Rolanda Gott

Brad Grill Kansas City The Grill Law Firm, LLC, Attorney Kansas City The Grill Law Firm, LLC, Attorney

Brad Grill Kansas City The Grill Law Firm, LLC, Attorney Glenda Knebel St. Louis Express Scripts,
Brad Grill Kansas City The Grill Law Firm, LLC, Attorney Glenda Knebel St. Louis Express Scripts,

Glenda Knebel

St. Louis

Express Scripts,

Vice President

Total Rewards

Roger Kurtz

Jefferson City

Missouri Assoc.

of School

Administrators,

Executive Director

Missouri Assoc. of School Administrators, Executive Director Jared Niemeyer Edina SOMO athlete; HyVee Dave Pudlowski,

Jared Niemeyer

Edina

SOMO athlete;

HyVee

Dave Pudlowski, Eureka Regional Justice Information Services, Director of Client Services Eureka Regional Justice Information Services, Director of Client Services

Justice Information Services, Director of Client Services Bea Webb Kansas City Jackson County Parks & Recreation,

Bea Webb

Kansas City

Jackson County

Parks &

Recreation, Retired

Marty Willadsen Springfield Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Executive Vice President Springfield Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Executive Vice President

Amy Wurst Kansas City Henry Wurst Inc., Vice President Kansas City Henry Wurst Inc., Vice President

Amy Wurst Kansas City Henry Wurst Inc., Vice President Mark Musso Linn Creek Special Olympics Missouri,

Mark Musso

Linn Creek

Special Olympics

Missouri,

President/CEO

Amy Wurst Kansas City Henry Wurst Inc., Vice President Mark Musso Linn Creek Special Olympics Missouri,

OUR STATEWIDE PARTNERS

SOMO needs both cash and in-kind sponsors to put on more than 300 trainings and competitions each year. Just like volunteers, businesses that sponsor our events often get out of it much more than they give. Just see below as to how our statewide partners feel about supporting SOMO year-round.

Law Enforcement Torch Run®

In 2016, LETR celebrated its 30th anniversary of supporting SOMO athletes through volunteering and fundraising around the state. The vision of the LETR was brought to life by Col. Ralph Biele, retired, Missouri State Highway Patrol. Biele and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association decided to rally all law enforce- ment to hold a fundraiser for Special Olympics and the rest is history. What - ment to hold a fundraiser for Special Olympics and the rest is history. What began in 1986 as a 30-mile run is now a year-long campaign and week-long relay covering more than 1,000 miles to culminate at State Summer Games. That first year, 87 officers from 35 agencies raised $15,000. In 2016, Missouri’s law enforcement fund- raising efforts earned the No. 6 ranking in the world! Today nearly 150 LETR agencies and 5,300 officers work year-round as some of our greatest volunteers. SOMO’s three signature events are LETR projects – Polar Plunge®, Over the Edge® and the Drive it Home Raffle. The officers host Plunges, sell Torch Run T-shirts, hold dozens of special events, sell raffle tickets and encourage fans to go Over the Edge – all because they believe in our athletes! LETR’s fundraising goal for 2017 is $2.3 million. Their officers have also pledged $1 million toward the new Training for Life Campus. For more information about LETR, visit www.SOMO.org/LETR.

For more information about LETR, visit www.SOMO.org/LETR . Letz Award winner Amanda Geno, Lee’s Summit P.D.
For more information about LETR, visit www.SOMO.org/LETR . Letz Award winner Amanda Geno, Lee’s Summit P.D.
For more information about LETR, visit www.SOMO.org/LETR . Letz Award winner Amanda Geno, Lee’s Summit P.D.
For more information about LETR, visit www.SOMO.org/LETR . Letz Award winner Amanda Geno, Lee’s Summit P.D.
For more information about LETR, visit www.SOMO.org/LETR . Letz Award winner Amanda Geno, Lee’s Summit P.D.

Letz Award winner

Amanda Geno, Lee’s Summit P.D.

Officer Amanda Geno of the Lee’s Summit P.D. was awarded the 2016 John Michael Letz Award, the highest award presented by the Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run® program at a surprise ceremony Dec. 8. Geno’s ded- ication to the Law Enforcement Torch

Run® over the past seven years has made all the difference, especially to Special Olympics Missouri athletes in the Kansas City Metro Area. The John Michael Letz Award recognizes an indi- vidual whose unselfish efforts and contributions are directly responsible for the success of the Law Enforce- ment Torch Run for Special Olympics. The recipient is an individual who constantly works to do more, not for recognition, but rather in support of SOMO athletes. Geno has been involved with every aspect of Special Olympics Missouri including fundraising with the Polar Plunge, competing as a Unified Partner in multiple sports and serving as a mentor for an athlete-leader during Athlete Leadership Programs University. She has also served as the LETR agency coordinator, raising more than $630,000 over the last seven years.

raising more than $630,000 over the last seven years. Amanda Geno, left, poses for a photo

Amanda Geno, left, poses for a photo after receiving the Letz award, with her friend and SOMO athlete Brittany Selken.

Shop ‘n Save

Shop ‘n Save is the presenting sponsor of Missouri’s Law Enforce- ment Torch Run. The company is

a tremendous partner for Special

Olympics Missouri by providing year-round support working alongside law enforcement. Shop ‘n Save hosted four major events in 2016, including a trivia night, round-up campaign, T-shirt sales in its stores and the Shop ‘n Save Dinner, Gala and Golf Benefit. This partnership is significant for Special Olym- pics and we are truly thankful for the more than $469,000 that it helped raise in 2016 to support Special Olympics athletes. Shop ‘n Save employees and its vendors invest both with in-kind goods and services and financial- ly to make these events a success. Shop ‘n Save generously provides food for our signature events and for most of our Torch Run activities in the St. Louis Metro Area. For more information on the partnership, visit www.SOMO.org/ShopNSave.

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on the partnership, visit www.SOMO.org/ShopNSave . ® Knights of Columbus For more than a decade, the
on the partnership, visit www.SOMO.org/ShopNSave . ® Knights of Columbus For more than a decade, the

Knights of Columbus

visit www.SOMO.org/ShopNSave . ® Knights of Columbus For more than a decade, the Knights of Columbus

For more than a decade, the Knights of Columbus have cultivated an official partnership with Special Olympics to grow the program in North America in

addition to pledging increased volun- teer support for state and local games. The Missouri State Council Knights of Columbus has supported SOMO for more than three decades as an official statewide partner. Annually, they provide funds, meals, volunteers, Honor Guards and host numerous events each year to promote Special Olympics. In 2016, the Missouri Knights of Columbus increased their commitment for the Training for Life Campus by $200,000. In just a little more than two years of their six-year commitment, they have raised more than 50 percent of their $1.2 million goal. This is all made possible by the 43,000 Knights of Columbus members statewide who believe in Special Olympics Missouri athletes. For more information on the Knights of Columbus partnership, visit www.SOMO.org/KnightsofColumbus.

Columbus partnership, visit www.SOMO.org/KnightsofColumbus. Missouri Association of Student Councils Special Olympics
Columbus partnership, visit www.SOMO.org/KnightsofColumbus. Missouri Association of Student Councils Special Olympics

Missouri Association of Student Councils

Special Olympics has been the charity of choice for the Missouri Association of Student Councils and its

members for more than 25 years. MASC has contributed to the mission of Special Olympics in several ways that have impacted the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. MASC schools provide thousands of hours of volun- teer service across the state and support the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign every year. In 2016, 78 MASC schools raised more than $148,000 through their participation in the Polar Plunge. MASC schools have raised more than $1 million for SOMO since 2009. SOMO athletes attend the MASC Leadership Work- shop (week-long camp) each year to learn valuable leadership skills and work along side their peers. MASC and its students promote social inclusion, acceptance and respect of all individuals across the state.

MASC and its students promote social inclusion, acceptance and respect of all individuals across the state.
MASC and its students promote social inclusion, acceptance and respect of all individuals across the state.
MASC and its students promote social inclusion, acceptance and respect of all individuals across the state.

2016 FINANCIALS

Funding Sources — $10,738,449

Special Events: $2,301,644 Contributed Services: $6,254,656 Transfer from Affiliate: $488,503 Direct Marketing: $381,511 Items Released: $244,114 Grants & Trusts: $460,381

Landloss/CIP write-off: (-$158,824) Sponsorships: $200,418 Other Income: $191,630 Contributions: $267,842 Investment Income: $106,574

Funding Uses — $7,725,542

Program Services: $6,566,717 Fundraising: $952,122 Management: $206,703

Other Income, 2% Contributions, 2% Contributed Services Special 58% Events 21%
Other Income, 2%
Contributions, 2%
Contributed
Services
Special
58%
Events
21%

Sponsorships, 2% Items Released, 2% Direct Marketing, 4%

Grants & Trusts, 4%

Transfer from Affiliate, 5%

Assets — $7,062,748

Management, 3% Fundraising, 12% Program Services 85%
Management, 3%
Fundraising, 12%
Program
Services
85%

Audited fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016 Financial statement audited by Mueller Prost PC

Complete financials available upon request

Cash/Cash Equivalents: $204,236 Investments: $955,417 Pledges Receivable Current:

$699,953

Prepaid Expenses: $43,858 Inventory: $11,978 Accounts Receivable: $4,720

Total Current Assets: $1,920,162

Fixed Assets: $3,674,439

Total Other Assets: $1,468,147 Long-Term Investments: $884,705 Land held for sale: $580,000 Due from SEF:

$3,442

Liabilities & Net Assets — $7,062,748

Accounts Payable: $202,666 Current Portion of Long-Term Debt:

$40,844

Accrued Vacation: $110,495

Total Current Liabilities: $354,005

Long-Term Debt: $157,097

Total Liabilities: $511,102

Unrestricted/Undesignated Assets:

$5,083,379

Temporarily Restricted Assets: $1,018,267 Board Designation: $450,000

Total Net Assets: $6,551,646

BY THE NUMBERS

12,295

Gifts made online

(www.SOMO.org/Donate)

85

Percent of each dollar raised that goes directly toward program services

1,275

Registered and

certified coaches

29,215

Awards presented at local, district, regional and state competitions

15,312

Athletes statewide (includes Unified Partners®, Young Athletes and Challenge Day participants)

306

Camps, trainings and competition events

$473

What it WOULD cost per athlete to participate annually

16,352

Active volunteers

statewide

4,113

Polar Plunge participants at 13 locations

106,758

Estimated number of Missourians with intellectual disabilities not yet participating in Special Olympics

26,906

(www.SOMO.org/Plunge) Total Drive it Home Raffle tickets sold (www.SOMO.org/Raffle)
(www.SOMO.org/Plunge)
Total Drive it Home
Raffle tickets sold
(www.SOMO.org/Raffle)

(There is no charge for athletes to practice nor to compete at local and regional levels)

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HALL OF FAME

In two separate, surprise ceremonies on Jan. 17 in their respective hometowns, SOMO inducted longtime athlete and board member Robb Eichelberger and dedicated volunteer Zim Schwartze into the SOMO Hall of Fame. To qualify for the Hall of Fame, you must have participated in Special Olympics for at least 15 years (at least 10 years with Missouri) and demonstrated behavior and conduct associated with integrity and good sportsmanship. For more information on the nomination process and to see past inductees, visit www.SOMO.org/HOF.

Robb Eichelberger

Robb got his start with Special Olympics Missouri in 1998 as one of the first athletes in Unified Sports. He became a national champion in tennis after placing first at the 2006 National Games in Iowa. He has competed in Unified golf with his Unified Partner Ryan Brimer for eight years. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007 and didn’t miss a single meeting during his tenure through 2016. He was one of the first athletes to sign up for the Athlete Leadership Programs University in 2015 because he wanted to face his fears and become a public speaker to share his SOMO experiences with the world. Robb is an active member of his community, especially with his local Knights of Columbus council. He was awarded the 2016 Knight of the Year from his council. Robb has set the bar for other athletes, board members and athlete-leaders in the state and is a true example of what Special Olympics Missouri can do for its athletes and what its athletes can do for the organization.

Zim Schwartze

Zim’s passion for Special Olympics Missouri began in 1995 through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. She serves as an inspiration to other officers around the state by the pure joy she exudes when she is around the athletes. She was recognized as the 2005 Letz award win- ner – the highest honor in Missouri’s LETR program. Zim has served on many Games Management Teams and fundraising committees throughout the years. She was Missouri’s representative as a Final Leg runner at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games and then selected again as a route runner for the Unified Relay Across America in 2015 from St. Louis to Colorado for the 2015 World Summer Games. Zim’s spirit is contagious and she passes that on to those around her. SOMO athletes are her No. 1 priority in everything she does for the organi- zation and they love her just as much as she loves them. She makes Missouri proud on a daily basis and SOMO is blessed to have her in its family.

a daily basis and SOMO is blessed to have her in its family. Shop ‘n Save
a daily basis and SOMO is blessed to have her in its family. Shop ‘n Save

Shop ‘n Save

Shop ‘n Save raises more than $500,000 annually through Law Enforce- ment Torch Run activities and special events. It hosts or participates in the fol- lowing: Shop ‘n Save Trivia Night, Round Up campaign in their stores, Torch Run T-shirt sales, Shop ‘n Save Gala and Golf benefit, raffle ticket sales, Polar Plunge and Over the Edge STL. The annual gala and golf benefit is its largest fundraiser, raising more than $2 million since 2003.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Its relationship with SOMO reaches beyond fundraising. It provides in-kind food donations for many events and competitions in St. Louis and the employees have a personal connection, volunteering on committees, at competi- tions, hosting, planning and participating in events and much more. Shop ‘n Save is one of the longest running sponsors in SOMO history (since 2000), is one of the top fundraising

partners annually and has incorporated the Special Olympics Missouri mission into its corporate culture. You can see its commitment to Special Olympics Missouri on signs throughout the stores and associates who often wear Torch Run T-shirts. This award is the most prestigious award given by the SOMO board of directors.

most prestigious award given by the SOMO board of directors. From left, Jim Moran (chairman of

From left, Jim Moran (chairman of SOMO Torch Run Committee), Scott Wilson (Shop ‘n Save) and Stacey Koeller (SOMO)

STATEWIDE WINNERS

The Blattels

Family

Stacey Koeller (SOMO) STATEWIDE WINNERS The Blattels Family The Blattel family is a perfect example of

The Blattel family is a perfect example of the impact one family can have on Special Olympics. They are involved on multiple levels, from athletic participation to coaching, volunteering, serving as Unified Partners and raising money. Wanda coaches multiple sports, and is very active in fundraising. Her son, Lucas, is a multi-sport athlete, who is well-known for training hard and earning gold medals. He has participated in more than 200 events in more than 100 competitions. In addition to playing, he helps coach the Cape Tornadoes with his mom.

Esther Pfeiff

Coach

Esther Pfeiff coaches for Tri- County Association for Handicapped Persons and is one of the founding members. Esther has been coaching for 30

years, but took over the role as head coach in 2012 and has kept the team going with the help of other families ever since. Esther is one of those coaches that every staff person loves! She always has her scores in on time, she comes to events with a smile on her face and most importantly, she always makes sure the athletes are having fun. She does a great job promoting the program and giving the athletes great coaching wisdom and advice.

and giving the athletes great coaching wisdom and advice. Genice Fisher Volunteer Volunteers are the backbone

Genice Fisher

Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and Genice Fisher is definitely proof of that. There are so many events within the Central Area that we truly

couldn’t do without her. Genice also serves as the volunteer sports commissioner for track and field. Even beyond that, she helps work several other fundraising events. She is the gal you can call at the last moment to come help if you’re short of volunteers! Recently she has stepped into a new role as a mentor for our Athlete Leadership Programs University. She also serves as an event manager for state events and volunteers at SOMO’s Headquarters and Central Area offices.

at SOMO’s Headquarters and Central Area offices. Robb Eichelberger Athlete More than 20 years ago, Robb

Robb Eichelberger

Athlete

More than 20 years ago, Robb Eichelberger started his journey as a Special Olympics athlete. Throughout those years he has truly grown to broaden his role in

our organization. Robb has gone above and beyond to advocate for SOMO and to rise up to become a voice for our athletes. He served on the Board of Directors and had perfect attendance, so they created an award in his name for other board members who never miss a meeting. He is an incredible fundraiser and has raised more than $5,000 for the TLC to earn a Charter Class ring and letter jacket. Robb is a true leader. He is always looking for what is best for the athletes and wants their voices to be heard.

is a true leader. He is always looking for what is best for the athletes and
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CENTRAL AREA

573-256-6367

903 Old 63 North, Suite A Columbia, MO 65201

KC METRO AREA

913-789-0330

9001 W. 67th St.

Merriam, KS 66202

OFFICES

AREAS

HEADQUARTERS

573-635-1660

1001 Diamond Ridge, Suite 800 Jefferson City, MO 65109

NORTH AREA

816-233-6232

2300 Frederick Ave., Suite 204

St. Joseph, MO 64506

SOUTHEAST AREA

573-339-6733

1625 N. Kingshighway

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

SOUTHWEST AREA

417-624-5505

2702 Richard Joseph Blvd., Suite 114

Joplin, MO 64804

ST. LOUIS METRO AREA

314-961-7755

2945 S. Brentwood Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63144

314-961-7755 2945 S. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63144 Let me win. But if I cannot
314-961-7755 2945 S. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63144 Let me win. But if I cannot

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be

BRAVE

in the attempt.

– Athlete’s Oath

win, let me be BRAVE in the attempt. – Athlete’s Oath Created by the Joseph P.
win, let me be BRAVE in the attempt. – Athlete’s Oath Created by the Joseph P.
win, let me be BRAVE in the attempt. – Athlete’s Oath Created by the Joseph P.
win, let me be BRAVE in the attempt. – Athlete’s Oath Created by the Joseph P.
win, let me be BRAVE in the attempt. – Athlete’s Oath Created by the Joseph P.
win, let me be BRAVE in the attempt. – Athlete’s Oath Created by the Joseph P.

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. Authorized and accredited by Special Olympics Inc., for the benefit of citizens with intellectual disabilities.