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

BRAVE in the attempt.

– Athlete’s Oath
In 2017, it was a whirlwind year for Special Olympics As we approach the finish line on the Training for Life
Missouri as we started construction on a $16 million Campus, we can’t thank you enough for your support.
world-class Training for Life Campus, carried out 282 Whether you donated, volunteered, coached, competed
competitions, trainings and camps, trained and selected a or cheered us on in 2017, you made a world of difference
group of 101 delegates for the 2018 USA Games, planned in the lives of so many individuals with intellectual
for the future of our organization’s programming at the disabilities in the Show-Me State and you mean
TLC and so much more, all while making sure 86 percent everything to our program.
of every dollar goes to program services. As we enter the starting blocks for the next phase
Our 34,110-sq.-ft. home that will sit at 305 Special of our journey offering a variety of new and enhanced
Olympics Dr., in Jefferson City will be a world-class programming, we will rely on you now more than ever,
facility where athletes from all over the state will have not just for financial support, but for your opinions and
the opportunity to not only come and train in a variety expertise as we try to change the conversation around
of sports, but also receive free health screenings people with intellectual disabilities from what they can't
(eyes, teeth, feet and ears and more) through Healthy do to what they can. With your help through Healthy
Athletes®. Athletes, Athlete Leadership and more, we can show
With Special Olympics Inc., leading the way as the everyone that Special Olympics is so much more than just
world’s largest health organization for people with sports for our athletes – we’re training them for life.
intellectual disabilities, this campus will allow Missouri to If you are interested in a more in-depth look at YOUR
be a leader in making healthcare easier and cheaper to accomplishments in 2017, please visit
obtain than ever before for a population often forgotten AnnualReport.
when it comes to receiving adequate healthcare.
Our staff has been hard at work planning what camps
to offer our athletes and exactly how to expand our Capt. Don Spears Mark Musso
programming to reach 106,000+ people in the state 2017 Chairman President
with an intellectual disability who don’t yet receive our Board of Directors & CEO

• Selected and trained 101 delegates at our Selection Camp in June to attend • Open the Training for Life Campus and ensure it is fully operational and
the 2018 USA Games in Seattle. ready to welcome athletes in the fall.

• Athlete Leadership Programs continued to grow, offering three new courses • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement
(Lifetime Health & Fitness, Exercise Science 101 and Engaged Storytelling for worldwide, while also planning for the next 50 years.
Active Performers). We also held our very first graduation ceremony at the
State Summer Games for two athlete-leaders who completed their Capstone • Plan and host our very first sports camp and Healthy Athletes® screenings
course. at the Training for Life Campus.

• Achieved our Training for Life Campus Capital Campaign goal, broke ground • Train and outfit 101 delegates of Team Missouri to compete at the 2018
on the campus in May and started construction in June. USA Games in Seattle.

• Engaged 136 active Unified Champion Schools that are fostering inclusive • Plan and implement a series of Athlete Leadership courses that will
school environments and advocating for people with intellectual disabilities. improve the lives of our athlete-leaders through lessons of job training and
life skills.
• Offered 1,808 Healthy Athletes® screenings and developed a plan to
increase our healthcare coverage for people with intellectual disabilities • Implement the first year of a three-year Healthy Communities grant to
when we move into the Training for Life Campus. ignite an inclusive health movement within our state.

• Implemented a sponsor engagement program for our three statewide • Transition our established relationships from the Capital Campaign to a
competitions. Major Gifts Campaign.

• Achieved No. 7 ranking of Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts

in the world.

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.

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Athlete Leadership Unified Sports®
On the field of competition, our Special Olympics Unified
athletes learn how to achieve success, Sports® is an inclusive program
joy and acceptance, while Athlete that combines individuals
Leadership Programs teach them how with intellectual disabilities
to achieve those same goals and feel (athletes) and individuals without
just as empowered while off the field of intellectual disabilities (Unified
competition as respected leaders and Partners) on sports teams for
spokespeople in their communities. training and competition.
Throughout Special Olympics, Athletes and partners compete
athlete-leaders take on roles and alongside one another, each in a
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) responsibilities from many different meaningful and integral role on
provides an opportunity for athletes ALPs initiatives. They can work as the Unified Sports team.
who wish to expand their role in Special employees of SOMO, speak on behalf of Unified Sports gives volunteers
Olympics Missouri beyond the field of SOMO, serve as coaches and volunteers, a chance to get to know, work
competition. officiate competitions, tell our athletes' with and mentor our athletes all
ALPs truly is a program for every stories through technology, represent while playing alongside them on
single one of our athletes and SOMO other athletes and leaders as part of the the field of competition.
is committed to making sure every SOMO Input Council and much more. Both athlete and partner
athlete feels welcome in this setting. In 2017, we had our first set of meaningfully interact with one
It’s important for potential athlete- athlete-leaders take their Capstone another, develop mutually-
leaders to recognize that this program course and graduate at State Summer rewarding relationships, are
will push you. It will be hard work and Games. In 2018, we look forward to recognized as contributors and
the expectation is that you will attend expanding our class offerings and are received with acceptance and
classes, be attentive and engaged, and adapting the program to a camp setting respect.
complete homework for every class. at the Training for Life Campus. For more info, visit
You will get out of this class what you’re For more info, visit
willing to put in.

Young Athletes™ Healthy Athletes®

Young Athletes™ is a unique People with intellectual disabilities
sport-and-play program for children have a 40 percent greater risk for
with and without intellectual various health issues.
disabilities. The focus is on fun The Healthy Athletes® program
activities that are important to is an initiative developed by Special
mental and physical growth. Olympics Inc., with a mission of
Children ages 3-7 enjoy games improving the overall health of our
and activities that develop motor athletes through various health
skills and hand-eye coordination. screenings.
Young Athletes is an early This is a wonderful program that
introduction to sports and to the offers our athletes improved health
world of Special Olympics. In 2018, we will open the doors to
in an environment focused on the
It not only teaches them the our new Healthy Athletes® wing in
needs of individuals with intellectual
motor skills they’ll use later in life, the Training for Life Campus, offering
but it also teaches them how to additional screenings and health
Disciplines include Fit Feet
interact with other children their programs to even more athletes.
(podiatric screening), Healthy
age who might learn at a different Through a three-year grant made
Hearing (audiology screening),
pace. possible by Golisano Foundation,
Health Promotion (nutrition, tobacco
For many families, this is their our goal is to be recognized in 2021
cessation and sun safety), Special
first introduction to Special as a Healthy Community, building a
Smiles (dental screening), MedFest
Olympics and the resources and foundation for inclusive health for our
(sports physical examination), Opening
support we offer for children (and Special Olympics athletes.
Eyes (eye screening) and FUNFitness
adults) with intellectual disabilities. For more information on how
(flexibility, strength and balance).
SOMO served more than 200 Young to get involved by volunteering or
In 2017, we had a total of 1,808
Athletes in 2017. For more info on a becoming a clinician or sponsor, visit
screenings at three statewide
YAP near you, visit
competitions and one Area Spring Games.

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One step closer to completion, TLC broke ground in 2017
After years of planning and fundrais- exercise trails and gathering areas, all
ing, Special Olympics Missouri broke featuring recognition of donors who
ground on its Training for Life Campus have supported the $16 million capital
on a 16.5-acre site in Jefferson City in campaign to build the campus.
May 2017. The campus is located at 305 The campus will be the first of its kind
Special Olym- to combine
pics Dr. sports train-
The center-
piece of the
Tax credits still available ing, personal
world-class Many donors have taken advantage of Missouri ment and
Development Finance Board tax credits from
campus is a healthcare
the State of Missouri, which remain available
34,110-sq. -ft. screenings
through Sept. 28, 2018. Details are available
facility that at, or by contacting (vision, dental
features a Laurie Shadoan, Chief Advancement Officer, at and health/
multipurpose or (913) 789-0353. fitness) spe-
sports arena, cifically for
training people with
and meeting rooms, fitness center, intellectual disabilities. SOMO currently SOMO athletes, staff members and city officials celebrated the
headquarters offices, Hall of Inspiration serves 15,494 athletes throughout the
groundbreaking for the Training for Life Campus on May 4, 2017.
visitor center and an innovative health state and this campus will allow SOMO
clinic for SOMO’s Healthy Athletes to expand its reach. million had been raised through the The first phase of SOMO’s campus
program. The Training for Life Campus cam- end of 2017, when Centene stepped up will open in the fall of 2018. Naming
The building opens to observation paign began six years ago with a lead again with a matching gift for donors opportunities to complete the “Back
areas overlooking multiple sports fields, gift of $1 million from the Centene who helped the campaign toward the 9” (second phase with additional sport
outdoor sports training areas, walking/ Charitable Foundation. More than $18.1 finish line. venues) are available.

This picture Forty-four

shows the SOMO
Training for athletes
Life Campus joined the
under Charter Class
construction by raising
as of at least
February $1,000 for
2018. The the campus
first phase of campaign and
the campus 29 of them
will be earned letter
complete in jackets for
the fall of raising $5,000
2018. or more.

Dr. Phil Cook, Dr. Kerwin
Don Spears, Immediate Past Roger Gardner Jenna Kerwood
Chairman Chairman Jefferson City Chesterfield
Belton Carl Junction Learfield, Brown Smith
Missouri State
Belton Police Carl Junction School Chief Culture & Wallace LLP,
H.S. Activity
Department, District, Communications Property Tax
Assoc., Executive
Deputy Chief Superintendent Officer Practice Leader
Dave Pudlowski,
Aaron Goff Glenda Knebel
Vice-Chair Richard Banahan Bea Webb
Kansas City Chesterfield
Eureka St. Louis Kansas City
Greater KC Public Cordant Health
Regional Justice St. Louis County Parks, Jackson County
Safety Credit Solutions, Chief
Information Services, Acting Deputy Parks &
Union, President/ Human Resources
Director of Client Commander Recreation, Retired
CEO Officer
Services, Retired
Dr. LeeAnn Barrett, Dr. Rolanda
Cathy Bumb Gott Marty Willadsen
Treasurer Mark Musso
St. Louis St. Louis Springfield
Boonville Linn Creek
Easman Chemical Co. Missouri Autism Missouri Sports
Missouri Optometric Special Olympics
Director of Remedia- Center SSM Cardinal Hall of Fame,
Association, Executive Glennon Children’s Missouri,
tion and Sr. Environ- Executive Vice
Director Medical Center, President/CEO
mental Counsel President
Medical Director
Linda Brokamp, Jeanie Byland Brad Grill
Secretary Columbia Kansas City Jared Niemeyer Amy Wurst
Columbia Mid America The Grill Law Edina Kansas City
IDEXX BioResearch, Mortgage, Firm, LLC, SOMO athlete; Henry Wurst Inc.,
Global Product Vice President Attorney HyVee Vice President

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SOMO needs both cash and in-kind sponsors to put on 282 trainings and competitions each year. Just like volunteers,businesses that sponsor our events often get out of it
much more than they give. Read below to see how our statewide partners give back and engage our athletes.

Shop ‘n Save Knights of Columbus Missouri Association

Shop 'n Save is the presenting For more than a decade, of Student Councils
sponsor of Missouri’s Law the Knights of Columbus have
Enforcement Torch Run. The cultivated an official partnership Special Olympics has been the
company has a long-running with Special Olympics to grow charity of choice for the Missouri
tradition of providing year-round the program in North America in Association of Student Councils and
support by working alongside addition to pledging increased its members for more than 25 years.
law enforcement. volunteer support for local and state games. MASC has contributed to the mission
In 2017, Shop 'n Save hosted its "RoundUp" The Missouri State Council Knights of of Special Olympics in several ways that
campaign and sold its annual T-shirts in stores Columbus has supported SOMO for more than have impacted the lives of individuals
to raise funds and awareness. They participate three decades as an official statewide partner. with intellectual disabilities.
in two SOMO events adding to our success with Annually, they provide funds, meals, volunteers MASC schools provide thousands of hours of
the Drive it Home Raffle and Gold Medal Gala. and Honor Guards, and host numerous events volunteer service across the state and support the
This partnership continues to be a significant each year to promote Special Olympics. Spread the Word to End the Word campaign every year.
piece of our fundraising efforts and we are In 2017, Missouri hosted the 135th Knights In 2017, MASC schools raised $128,283. Since 2009, they
truly thankful for the more than $100,000 that of Columbus Supreme Convention. SOMO have raised $1,215,727 just through their participation
Shop 'n Save helped raise in 2017 to support athletes served as greeters, hosted booths and in the Polar Plunge. That doesn’t even count the
Special Olympics Missouri athletes. shared their stories with Knights of Columbus numerous other fundraisers the councils do each year to
Shop 'n Save employees are valued from across the world. The Missouri Knights support their local SOMO programs.
volunteers for many of our events and they of Columbus have raised more than $700,000 SOMO athletes attend the MASC Leadership
consistently look for ways to help raise towards their $1.2 million commitment to the Workshop (week-long camp) each year to learn valuable
awareness and funds at every opportunity. Training for Life Campus. leadership skills and work alongside their peers. MASC
For more information on the partnership, For more information on the Knights of and its students promote social inclusion, acceptance
visit Columbus partnership, visit and respect of all individuals across the state.
KnightsofColumbus. For more information, visit

Law Enforcement Torch Run® Letz Award winner

In 2017, our LETR rounded out its 31st year of supporting SOMO athletes through
volunteering and fundraising around the state. The vision of the LETR was brought to life Mary Wheeler, Wentzville P.D.
by Col. Ralph Biele, retired, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Officer Mary
Biele and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association decided to rally all law enforcement to
Wheeler of the
MISSOURI 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 Wentzville P.D. was
to culminate at the State Summer Games. awarded the 2017
That first year, 87 officers from 35 agencies raised $15,000. In 2017, Missouri’s law enforcement fundraising John Michael Letz
efforts earned the No. 7 ranking in the world! Award, the highest
Today, nearly 135 LETR agencies and 5,000 officers work year-round as some of our greatest volunteers. award presented
SOMO’s three signature events are LETR projects – Polar Plunge®, Over the Edge® and Drive It Home Raffle. by the Missouri Law
The officers host Plunges, sell Torch Run T–shirts, hold dozens of special events, sell raffle tickets, wait on tables Enforcement Torch
at restaurants, encourage fans to go Over the Edge and so much more – all because they believe in our athletes! Run® program, at a Mary Wheeler, left, poses
LETR’s fundraising goal for 2018 is more than $2.2 million. For more information about LETR, visit surprise ceremony for a photo after receiving on Dec. 7. Wheeler’s the Letz Award, with
dedication to the athlete Lynna Hodgson.
Law Enforcement
Torch Run over the past 11 years has made all
the difference, especially to the Special Olympics
Missouri athletes in the St. Louis Metro Area.
The John Michael Letz Award recognizes an
individual whose unselfish efforts and contributions
are directly responsible for the success of the
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
Missouri. The recipient is an individual who
constantly works to do more, not for the recognition,
but rather in support of SOMO athletes.
Wheeler’s involvement with Special Olympics
Missouri includes fundraising with the Polar Plunge
and Tip-A-Cops, awarding medals at events and
organizing the local leg of the annual Torch Run.
She also served as the LETR agency coordinator for
Wentzville PD from 2006-2017, helping her agency
raise more than $216,000 during that time.

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Funding Sources — $9,909,503 Funding Uses — $7,019,889
Transfer from Affiliate*: $3,135,200 Contributions: $281,789 Program Services: $6,011,100
Contributed Services: $2,540,746 Other Income: $153,441 Fundraising: $821,716
Special Events: $2,092,642 Sponsorships: $151,204 Management: $187,073
Items Released: $706,266 Investment Income: $84,941
Grants & Trusts: $495,952 Unrealized loss on land: (-$105,000)
Direct Marketing: $372,322 Audited fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2017
Financial statement audited by Mueller Prost PC
* Transfer from SEF to cover TLC expenses, including construction.
Complete financials available upon request

Sponsorships, 2%
Contributions, 3% Management, 2%
Direct Marketing, 4%
Fundraising, 12%
Grants & Trusts, 5%

Items Released, 7% Transfer from


Special Program
Events Services
21% 86%

Assets — $10,201,856 Liabilities & Net Assets — $10,201,856

Cash/Cash Equivalents: $430,391 Fixed Assets: $6,581,232 Accounts Payable: $43,922 Unrestricted/Undesignated Assets:
Investments: $1,200,042 Current Portion of Long-Term Debt: $7,922,993
Pledges Receivable Current: $743,812 Long-Term Investments: $325,154 $42,964 Temporarily Restricted Assets:
Prepaid Expenses: $34,974 Land held for sale: $475,000 Accrued Vacation: $114,268 $1,078,096
Inventory: $15,662 Due from SEF: $350,071 Construction Payable: $385,538 Board Designation: $500,000
Accounts Receivable: $45,518 Total Other Assets: $1,150,225 Total Net Assets: $9,501,089
Total Current Assets: $2,470,399 Total Current Liabilities: $586,692
Long-Term Liabilities: $114,075
Total Liabilities: $700,767

Camps, trainings and
competition events

What it WOULD cost

per athlete to participate annually

(SOMO doesn’t charge athletes to practice nor

compete at local, district and regional levels)
975 Total number of free

Percent of each dollar
raised that goes directly Gifts made online Registered and health screenings of
toward program services
( certified coaches our athletes through
Healthy Athletes®

Estimated number of
3,406 Athletes statewide (includes
Unified Partners®,
25,094 24,930
Polar Plunge Young Athletes and
Missourians with Challenge Day participants) Total Drive it Home
intellectual disabilities participants at 13 Active volunteers
Raffle tickets sold
not yet participating in locations ( statewide
Special Olympics

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In a surprise ceremony Jan. 13 in Lake of the Ozarks, SOMO inducted longtime coach, Unified Partner and staff member, Gary Brimer, 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 demonstrate behavior and
conduct associated with integrity and good sportsmanship. For more information on the nomination process and to see past inductees, visit

Gary Brimer
Gary Brimer develop a coaches’ training program to introduce Unified Sports. Today,
began his that set SOMO coaches among the the SOMO Unified Sports program
journey with very best in the world. He was a continues to thrive and grow.
Special Olympics coach, Unified Partner and a head These are just a few of the many
Missouri in 1976 of delegation or member of the reasons why Gary’s legacy to the
and dedicated management team for every World SOMO program over the decades has
41 years of his Summer Games or National/USA positioned SOMO to be a premier
life to providing Games from 1987-2014 when he sports program in the country and one
year-round sports went to his last games as the head of of the most revered Special Olympics
training and delegation for Team Missouri in New programs in all of the movement.
competition to the thousands of Jersey. In the words of SOMO athlete and
athletes in Missouri. Gary developed the Team Missouri 2016 Hall of Fame inductee, Robb Gary, far right, poses for a photo at the 2007
What began as a hobby in 1976 as selection process so that every Eichelberger, who nominated Gary for World Games in China with, from left, SOMO
a volunteer coach, eventually grew athlete or volunteer who wanted the this honor, “Gary Brimer is a perfect President & CEO Mark Musso, Harry Besleme
and Bob Stephens.
into a career in 1994 when he joined opportunity to attend higher-level candidate for the SOMO Hall of Fame
the staff as the director of sports and competition had an equal chance. because he treated each athlete as to earn the respect of each athlete,
training until his retirement in 2016. During his reign as the director of his own family member. Gary knows coach, staff member, board member
During his career, Gary was sports and training, SOMO was one all the athletes and he is loved by and volunteer of Special Olympics
instrumental in leading the charge to of the first programs in the country them all. He has worked very hard Missouri.”

Missouri Military Academy
In 1997, Missouri Military Academy to experience camp activities. such as area and district basketball
hosted the very first Special Olympics Without the support of MMA, many and its cadets have taken the Plunge
Missouri Athlete Sports Camp for 37 of these athletes would have never at the Mexico Polar Plunge!
athletes. The venue fit the needs of had the opportunity to attend camp. Their commitment has resulted
camp perfectly. It provided dorms, a Ask anyone who has ever attended in more than $250,000 in donated
cafeteria and numerous sports venues. SOMO Sports Camp, whether it be facilities, while giving our athletes
Since 1997, the lives of thousands of an athlete, Unified Partner, coach, opportunities to develop physical
athletes have been changed because volunteer or staff member and they fitness, demonstrate courage,
for many of these athletes, it was the will tell you it is by far the most experience joy and participate in a
first time they were away from their memorable SOMO experience. sharing of gifts, skills and friendship SOMO staff members and key volunteers pose
family for an extended period of time. While MMA has been the home of with others from across the state for a photo with Greg Seibert, second from
They learned to become more the Sports Camp for more than 20 of Missouri – the value of that is left, who accepted the Award of Excellence on
behalf of Missouri Military Academy.
independent and had an opportunity years, it has also hosted other events priceless!

The Claytons Marilyn Doerhoff Derek Sandbothe Kathy Witmeyer
Family Volunteer Athlete Coach
Marilyn has Derek Sandbothe Kathy started her
stepped up to the is making quite the career with SOMO in
plate time and time name for himself. 2002 as a parent and
again, taking on He’s active in fan of her daughter,
various roles around SOMO through the Becca and her
the headquarters Jefferson City Parks teammates.
office, including and Rec program Soon after, Kathy
The Clayton family is a perfect processing the stack and after joining could no longer
example of the impact one family can of Class A volunteer and participating just sit and watch
make for Special Olympics. They are forms that seemingly never ends. with the Athlete Leadership Programs but wanted to be a part of Becca’s
involved on multiple levels as athletes, Special Olympics Missouri also saves University, Derek decided it was time excitement.
Unified Partners, coaches, volunteers thousands of dollars thanks to her for him to take on a much larger Since then, Kathy has become a
and fundraisers. efforts with the Jefferson City Public role within SOMO. He has become certified coach in bowling, basketball,
Jeremy Clayton coaches multiple Schools Food Service providing top- quite active in assisting HQ staff with softball, track and field, bocce and
sports, this year leading his softball notch meals for the athletes. fundraising efforts. While competing tennis. She puts her heart and soul into
team to a silver medal at State Her continued service on the Games in a bocce fundraiser, he recruited an her work with the athletes, making
Outdoor Games. Ty Clayton is a multi- Management Team for State Outdoor employee from a local hotel to compete them the most confident, talented and
sport athlete, who is well-known for Games and as event manager for with him in Special Olympics as a enthusiastic athletes in their sport.
training hard and earning gold medals.
area and state events makes her the Unified Partner. Kathy is also the biggest recruiter
Ty’s brother, Jim, is a Unified Partner
for basketball. consummate volunteer. She travels Derek has attended many speaking for NextStep’s Special Olympics teams,
Dayna went on many of the trips across the state to assist, even when it opportunities around the state and growing the bocce team from four
and provided medical support for the means many miles and hours. even started teaching public speaking players to more than 60.
entire area. courses to his fellow athletes.

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Special Olympics Inc., for the benefit of
citizens with intellectual disabilities.