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That future begins


with a new focus on the
WHOLE ATHLETE.
A LETTER FROM SOMO LEADERSHIP
Looking back on 2018, it’s amazing to think of all the us to focus on the whole athlete – beyond just sports.
things you helped us accomplish. The Training for Life Campus, through Young
We celebrated with other programs around the Athletes programs, day programs for adults, training
world as the Special Olympics movement turned 50 camps, health and wellness initiatives, life skills
years old, we trained and sent a team of 101 delegates trainings, and more, will allow us to expand our
to compete at the USA Games in Seattle, we opened programming and train not only our current athletes,
our new 16.5-acre Training for Life Campus and held but also reach thousands more who weren’t involved in
our first camp there, and we mapped out the future our program before.
of our organization. We are incredibly well-prepared So while we take a second to catch our breath
to embark down a new path for our organization and from a beautifully hectic year and celebrate our
hope that you will join us on this journey. accomplishments in 2018, we are already hard at work
Mark Musso, our president and CEO for the past executing the high-quality programming you’ve come
27 years, announced his retirement in September and to expect. We didn’t get to where we are today by
officially passed the baton to Susan Stegeman (former ourselves. We had a lot of help, and we’re going to
vice president of development) in April 2019. Words need even more help as we turn the page and start
cannot fully express our gratitude to Mark for leading crafting our future.
this organization since 1992. Because of his dedication It’s hard to fit everything we did in 2018 in an eight-
to our mission, we restructured our programs and page annual report, so we invite you to join us at
created full-time area directors, built financial stability www.SOMO2018.org for a more in-depth look at
earning 3-star Charity Navigator and Guidestar Gold everything we accomplished last year due to your
Level ratings, and became one of the movement’s support. The online annual report includes our favorite
premier programs in the world. stories, photos and videos from last year.
Former President & CEO Mark Musso poses As we celebrate everything we did in 2018, we look Thank you for being a part of the SOMO family,
for a photo with new President & CEO Susan to the future as well. It’s a change in leadership, but Capt. Don Spears Susan Stegeman
Stegeman while ceremoniously “passing the the mission for the organization will remain the same. 2018 Chairman President
baton” after Musso retired in early 2019. We have a new three-year strategic plan that will allow Board of Directors & CEO

CELEBRATING THE PAST, FORGING NEW PATHS


2018 HIGHLIGHTS 2019 GOALS*
• Trained 101 delegates to compete at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle • Grow mentor, volunteer, coach and athlete participation, satisfaction and
(www.SOMO.org/USAGames). retention.

• In the second Athlete Leadership graduating class, six athlete-leaders • Develop Training for Life Campus programming plan to include additional
completed their coursework and received their degrees (www.SOMO.org/ALPs). programs, resources and stakeholders.

• Finished construction on, and officially moved into, a world-class facility • Develop a camp sponsorship and rental plan for the Training for Life Campus.
and our new home in Jefferson City – the Training for Life Campus
(www.SOMO.org/Campus). • Develop programs to increase family involvement, education and networking
opportunities.
• Nine schools achieved the level of a SOMO School of Character. This program
recognizes schools that foster inclusive school environments and advocate for • Enhance efficiencies and expand employee training and development
people with intellectual disabilities (www.SOMO.org/Youth). opportunities.

• Sent three athlete-leaders to Washington, D.C., for Special Olympics Inc.’s • Define a baseline of volunteer satisfaction and identify needs to improve
Health Messenger training. volunteer engagement opportunities.

• Took four athletes and three Unified Partners to Chicago, along with • Fulfill criteria for the Healthy Communities Grant by developing programs
participants from Special Olympics Kansas, to compete in the first-ever Unified that offer health and wellness opportunities; increase access to care for
Cup as part of the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration festivities. people with intellectual disabilities.

• No. 1 in semi-trucks and dollars raised for the Truck Convoy * To view our full strategic plan, visit www.SOMO.org/StrategicPlan
(www.SOMO.org/Convoy).

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.

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PROGRAMS WE OFFER
Athlete Leadership (ALPs)
goals and feel just as empowered athlete-leaders to recognize that this
while off the field of competition as program will push you. It will be hard
respected leaders and spokespeople work and the expectation is that you
in their communities. will attend classes, be attentive and
Throughout Special Olympics, engaged, and complete homework
athlete-leaders take on roles and for every class. You will get out of
responsibilities from many different this class what you’re willing to put
ALPs initiatives. They can work as in; it will be difficult, but worth it in
employees of SOMO, speak on behalf the end.
of SOMO, serve as coaches and In 2018, the second graduating
Athlete Leadership provides volunteers, officiate competitions, class (six athlete-leaders in total)
an opportunity for athletes who tell our athletes’ stories through completed their capstone course
wish to expand their role in Special technology, represent other athletes and graduated at State Summer
Olympics Missouri beyond the field and leaders as part of the SOMO Games. In 2019, we look forward
of competition. Input Council and much more. to expanding our class offerings
During training and competition, ALPs truly is a program for every and adapting the program to a
our athletes learn how to achieve single one of our athletes. SOMO camp setting at the Training for Life
success, joy and acceptance, while is committed to making sure every Campus.
Athlete Leadership Programs teach athlete feels welcome in this setting. For more info, visit
them how to achieve those same It’s important for potential www.SOMO.org/ALPs.

Young Athletes™
intellectual disabilities. The them learn how to interact with
focus is on fun activities that are others, especially those who might
important to mental and physical learn differently.
growth. For many families, this is their
Children ages 2-7 enjoy games first introduction to Special
and activities that develop motor Olympics and the resources and
skills and hand-eye coordination. support we offer for children
Young Athletes is an early (and adults) with intellectual
introduction to sports and to the disabilities. SOMO served more
world of Special Olympics. than 1,450 Young Athletes in 2018.
Young Athletes™ is a unique The program teaches children For more info on a YAP near you,
sport-and-play program for fine motor skills that they use visit www.SOMO.org/YAP.
children with and without throughout their life. It also helps

Healthy Athletes®
Disciplines include Fit Feet as they attend camps. Through a
(podiatric screening), Healthy three-year grant made possible by
Hearing (audiology screening), Golisano Foundation, our goal is to
Health Promotion (nutrition, tobacco be recognized in 2021 as an official
cessation and sun safety), Special “Healthy Community,” building
Smiles (dental screening), MedFest a foundation for inclusive health
(sports physical examination), for our Special Olympics athletes.
Opening Eyes (eye screening) and Through this grant, a Health &
FUNFitness (flexibility, strength and Wellness Manager joined the health
The Healthy Athletes® program balance). team to provide a comprehensive
is an initiative developed by Special In 2018, we had a total of 1,764 all-inclusive health and wellness
Olympics Inc., with a mission of screenings at three statewide program.
improving the overall health of our competitions, two Area Spring In 2019, athletes will have more
athletes through various health Games and one camp. opportunities through health and
screenings. We also opened the doors to our fitness. We look forward to providing
People with intellectual disabilities new Healthy Athletes wing in the our athletes, coaches and community
have a 40 percent greater risk for Training for Life Campus, featuring partners with new resources through
various health issues. four exam rooms for Special Smiles, health and wellness to enhance their
This is a wonderful program that Opening Eyes, Health & Wellness/ performance in their sports and life.
offers our athletes improved health Fit Feet & Healthy Hearing (includes For more information on how
in an environment focused on the a hearing booth). Additional health to get involved by volunteering or
needs of individuals with intellectual screenings and health programs becoming a clinician or sponsor, visit
disabilities. will be offered to more athletes www.SOMO.org/Health.

Unified Sports®
Special Olympics Unified a chance to get to know, work
Sports® is an inclusive program with and mentor our athletes all
that combines individuals while playing alongside them on
with intellectual disabilities the field of competition.
(athletes) and individuals without Both athlete and partner
intellectual disabilities (Unified meaningfully interact with
Partners) on sports teams for one another, develop mutually
training and competition. rewarding relationships, are
Athletes and partners compete recognized as contributors and
alongside one another, each in a
meaningful and integral role on
are received with acceptance and
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Unified Sports gives volunteers www.SOMO.org/UnifiedSports.
TRAINING FOR LIFE CAMPUS
Athletes embrace their new home
The “Back 9”
While a majority of the work is done, our
athletes are still waiting for the remaining nine
acres of their campus to take shape.
On what SOMO staff refers to as the “Back 9,”
there will be a softball field, two tennis courts,
bocce courts, horseshoe pits and an open area
for golf skills and other activities.
The acreage will also include an athlete
pavilion, Law Enforcement Torch Run tribute
The Training for Life Campus, which opened in we can go anytime and work out, walk the track, and area and a tribute trail extending around the
September 2018, is the new home of Special Olympics learn new things.” campus.
Missouri and the largest facility of its kind in the United Lynna’s mother, Darla agreed, “At the Healthy We’re in the process of raising money to help
States exclusively designed for athletes with intellectual Athletes screenings, so many athletes get ... prescription build these final additions to the campus, but we
disabilities. sports glasses, foot care (and more). They often don’t need your help.
The campus is also the first facility of its kind to get the medical care they need, until now. It’s really For some taxpayers, the new tax federal and
feature a comprehensive in-house Healthy Athletes® vital.” state laws create an opportunity in the form of
wing, where athletes have access to free health increased disposable income because rates have
screenings. Developing new partnerships lowered in most income tax brackets, and the
In addition to year-round, multi-sport practices One of SOMO’s goals in 2019 is to establish new standard deduction has nearly doubled for most
and trainings, SOMO will also be expanding its sports partnerships with outside groups and hold as many taxpayers. If you still plan to itemize, charitable
training camps to accommodate many additional dates trainings and camps at the facility as possible. deductions remain after meeting thresholds.
throughout the year. SOMO also conducts life skills Late in 2018, staff secured partnerships with The new law also increases the adjusted gross
trainings at the campus. All SOMO athletes can use the groups such as Special Learning Center in Jefferson income limitation for donations by cash, check or
facility free of charge. The TLC facility will become a hub City and several area adult day programs to provide credit card from 50 percent to 60 percent.
of community activity, hosting events and workshops for programming at the campus in 2019. For more information on how you can help us
community groups from around the state. Special Learning Center students will take part in the fund the “Back 9,” email Shadoan@SOMO.org.
Young Athletes program, an innovative sports program
Healthy Athletes screenings that introduces children ages 2 to 7 years old – with and
Until the Training for Life Campus was built, SOMO’s without intellectual disabilities – to the world of sports
health screenings were only offered at competitions through basic motor skills activities.
around the state. Now, because the campus features Adult day programs will take place on a nearly daily
Healthy Athletes exam rooms, volunteer health basis at the campus and include programming such as
professionals can also conduct screenings there. dancing, adaptive sports, yoga/group exercises and
SOMO athlete-leader Lynna Hodgson has participated more.
in SOMO sports for many years, and her recent health For more information on the campus or how you
improvements have inspired her fellow athletes. She is can get involved either as a participant or a volunteer,
always excited to see them, particularly at the Training visit www.SOMO.org/Campus. If you’re interested
for Life Campus. in the programming we offer, visit www.SOMO.org/
“I love it there; it’s our home!” Lynna said. “It’s a place TLCPrograms.

2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Don Spears, Brad Grill Marty Willadsen
Richard Banahan
Chairman Kansas City Jared Niemeyer Springfield
St. Louis
Belton Grill Law Edina Missouri Sports
St. Louis County Parks;
Belton Police Firm, LLC; SOMO athlete; Hall of Fame;
Acting Deputy
Department; Attorney & HyVee Executive Vice
Commander
Asst. Chief of Police Owner President

Gary Wilbers, Cathy Bumb Jenna Kerwood Dave Pudlowski,


Vice-Chair St. Louis Chesterfield Eureka Amy Wurst
Jefferson City Eastman Chemical Co.; Brown Smith Regional Justice Kansas City
Ascend Business Director of Remedia- Wallace LLP; Information Services; Henry Wurst Inc.;
Strategies; tion and Sr. Environ- Partner, Property Director of Client Vice President
Executive Coach mental Counsel Tax Service Services, Retired

Dr. LeeAnn Barrett, Dr. Kerwin


Jeanie Byland Glenda Knebel
Treasurer Urhahn
Columbia Chesterfield
Boonville Columbia
Mid America Cordant Health
Missouri Optometric Missouri State
Mortgage; Solutions; Chief
Association; H.S. Activity
Vice President Human Resources
Executive Director Assoc.; Executive
Officer
Director
Linda Brokamp, Roger Gardner Mark Musso Brad Wachler
Secretary Jefferson City Linn Creek St. Charles
Columbia Learfield; Special Olympics Lindenwood
IDEXX Radil; Chief Culture & Missouri; University; Vice
Marketing/ Communications President/CEO, President for
Comm. Specialist Officer Retired Intercollegiate
Activities

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STATEWIDE PARTNERS
SOMO needs both cash and in-kind sponsors to put on 311 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 with our athletes.

Law Enforcement Torch Run® Missouri Association


In 2018, The LETR has formed some of Student Councils
Missou- great community partnerships over
ri’s Law the years. The longest standing
Enforce- partnership was with Shop ‘n Save,
MISSOURI
ment Torch which unfortunately closed its
Run rounded out its 32nd year of doors in 2018.
supporting SOMO athletes through However, the dedication of Shop
volunteering and fundraising ‘n Save employees to SOMO and
around the state. The vision of the the LETR was there until the very
LETR was brought to life by Col. end – allowing officers to be in its
Ralph Biele, retired, of the Missouri stores selling T-shirts and raffle
State Highway Patrol. In 1986, tickets and supporting the St. Louis
Biele and the Missouri Police Chiefs Metro area. Thanks to the LETR, and volun-
Association decided to rally all law Last year was the second year teers and sponsors, we put on two
enforcement to hold a fundraiser for partnerships with Dunkin’ new events: STL Day on the Runway
for Special Olympics, and the rest Donuts and Casey’s General Stores. and the Gold Medal Gala.
is history. Dunkin’ has hosted the Cop on a Special Olympics has been the
SOMO’s three signature events charity of choice for the Missouri
What began as a 30-mile run, Rooftop event the last couple of are LETR projects – Polar Plunge®, Association of Student Councils and
is now a year-long campaign and years and allowed officers to spend Over the Edge® and Drive It Home its members for more than 25 years.
week-long relay covering more than the morning talking about Special Raffle. The officers host Plunges, MASC has contributed to the mission
1,000 miles that culminates at State Olympics and collecting donations sell Torch Run T–shirts, hold dozens of Special Olympics in several ways
Summer Games. That first year, 87 from its customers; the event raised of special events, sell raffle tickets, that have impacted the lives of individuals with
officers from 35 agencies raised nearly $20,000 in 2018. wait on tables at restaurants, en- intellectual disabilities.
$15,000. In 2018, Missouri’s law Casey’s General Stores con- courage fans to go Over the Edge MASC schools provide thousands of hours of
enforcement fundraising efforts tinued its partnership in 2018 by and so much more – all because volunteer service across the state and support the
earned the No. 9 ranking in the teaming up with Coca-Cola to offer they believe in our athletes! Spread the Word to End the Word campaign every
world! Today, 141 LETR agencies in-store promotions. Through the LETR’s fundraising goal for 2019 year. In 2018, MASC schools raised $128,283. Since
and more than 5,000 officers work sale of pin-ups and donations from is more than $2 million. For more 2009, they have raised $1,215,727 just through their
year-round as some of our greatest Coca-Cola, Casey’s raised more than information about LETR, visit participation in the Polar Plunge. That doesn’t even
volunteers. $186,830! www.SOMO.org/LETR. count the numerous other fundraisers the councils
do each year to support their local SOMO programs.
SOMO athletes attend the MASC Leadership
Letz Award winner Workshop (week-long camp) each year to learn
valuable leadership skills and work alongside
Lynn McClamroch, MO Dept. of Conservation, retired their peers. MASC and its students promote social
During a Dec. 6 ceremony, Lynn McClamroch of the MO Department of inclusion, acceptance and respect of all individuals
Conservation, retired, was awarded the 2018 John Michael Letz Award, the across the state. For more information, visit
highest award presented by the Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run® www.SOMO.org/MASC.
program. McClamroch’s dedication to the Law Enforcement Torch Run®
over the years has made all the difference, especially to Special Olympics School of Character Award
Missouri athletes in the North 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 Lynn McClamroch, left, poses
rather in support of SOMO athletes. for a photo with athlete
McClamroch’s involvement with Special Olympics Missouri includes Dakota Steffens after
fundraising with the Polar Plunge, organizing the local leg of the annual receiving the Letz Award. Established in 2014, the SOMO School of
Torch Run, and obtaining free lunches for Area Spring Games. He also served Character program is a way to recognize
as the LETR agency coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation as well as Region 4 coordinator. Missouri schools that go above and beyond
Even though he is retired, McClamroch still stays involved in whatever way he can because of his love for the for our athletes and create an environment of
SOMO athletes. inclusion and acceptance.

GOLD LEVEL SCHOOLS


• Center High School, Kansas City
Knights of Columbus • Festus High School, Festus
For more promote Special Olympics. • Jennings High School, Jennings
than a decade, Today, we are proud to have • Lindbergh High School, St. Louis
the Knights of three Knights of Columbus • Seckman High School, Imperial
Columbus have serving on our SOMO Board • St. Clair High School, St. Clair
cultivated an of Directors. In 2018, athlete- • Windsor High School, Imperial
official partnership leader and board member
with Special Olympics to grow Jared Niemeyer was featured in SILVER LEVEL SCHOOLS
the program in North America, “Columbia” – a magazine that is • Holt High School, Wentzville
in addition to pledging increased for Knights of Columbus around
volunteer support for state and the globe. AWARD OF MERIT SCHOOLS
local games. The Missouri Knights of • Heritage Middle School, Liberty
The Missouri State Council Columbus have remained
Knights of Columbus have steadfast in their commitment to For more information on the program
supported SOMO for more than raise $1.2 million for the Training and how your school can get involved,
three decades as an official for Life Campus by June 2020. visit www.SOMO.org/Youth.
statewide partner. Annually, they For more information on
provide funds, meals, volunteers, the Knights of Columbus
coaches, Unified Partners,
and Honor Guards, and host
partnership, visit
www.SOMO.org/
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FINANCIALS
Funding Sources — $14,285,335 Funding Uses — $7,724,904
Transfer from Affiliate*: $3,613,147 Grants & Trusts: $403,534 Program Services: $6,562,879
Items Released: $3,448,867 Direct Marketing: $337,360 Fundraising: $906,138
Contributed Services: $2,906,081 Sponsorships: $242,726 Management: $255,887
Special Events: $2,367,841 Investment/Other Income: $206,068
Contributions: $759,711 Audited fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2018
Financial statement audited by Mueller Prost PC
* Transfer from SEF to cover TLC expenses, including construction.
Complete financials available upon request

Sponsorships, 2% Investment/Other, 1%
Management, 3%
Direct Marketing, 3%
Grants & Trusts, 3%
Fundraising, 12%
Contributions, 5%

Transfer from
Affiliate
25%
Special
Events
17%
Program
Items Services
Released 85%
Contributed
Services 24%
20%

Assets — $16,187,392 Liabilities & Net Assets — $16,187,392


Cash/Cash Equivalents: $0 Fixed Assets: $14,815,739 Accounts Payable: $201,669 Without Donor Restriction Assets:
Investments: $272,376 Current Portion of Long-Term Debt: $14,983,424
Pledges Receivable Current: $529,458 Long-Term Investments: $50,882 $45,193 With Donor Restriction Assets:
Prepaid Expenses: $29,886 Land held for sale: $475,000 Accrued Vacation: $112,787 $775,502
Inventory: $14,051 Total Other Assets: $525,882 Total Current Liabilities: $359,649 Total Net Assets: $16,187,392
Total Current Assets: $845,771
Long-Term Liabilities: $68,817
Total Liabilities: $428,466

BY THE NUMBERS
311
Camps, trainings and
competition events

$458
What it WOULD cost
per athlete to participate annually

85 11,860
(SOMO doesn’t charge athletes to practice nor
compete at local, district and regional levels)

1,138 1,764
Total number of free

16,417
Percentage of each dollar
raised that goes directly Gifts made online Registered and health screenings of
toward program services
(www.SOMO.org/Donate) certified coaches our athletes through
Healthy Athletes®

106,112
Estimated number of
3,315 Athletes statewide
(includes Unified Partners®, 20,636 30,122
Missourians with Polar Plunge Young Athletes and Total Drive it Home Active volunteers
intellectual disabilities participants at Challenge Day participants) Raffle tickets sold statewide
not yet participating in 13 locations (www.SOMO.org/Raffle)
(www.SOMO.org/Plunge)
Special Olympics

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HALL OF FAME
In a ceremony Jan. 27 at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Branson, SOMO inducted two athletes and one volunteer coach into the SOMO and Missouri Sports 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.

Sarah Byland, athlete Brock Guseman, athlete Terri Dallas, volunteer


Sarah Byland has been involved Brock Guseman has been Terri Dallas has been involved
for 30 years participating in bocce, competing for 28 years in Unified with Special Olympics Missouri as
bowling, golf, softball, swimming, softball, basketball and bocce. In a coach and advocate for 35 years.
tennis and track. Sarah has 2011, Brock represented Missouri at In 2012, she received the Special
represented Missouri at two USA the World Games in Athens, Greece. Olympics Missouri Outstanding
Games. Brock quickly became the face of Coach award.
Sarah loves to raise money for the Training for Life Campus Capital Most recently, she had the
Special Olympics Missouri because Campaign and made it his personal honor of being a bocce coach and
she enjoys being around people and mission to ensure his fellow athletes representing Team Missouri at the
people enjoy being around her. had a place to call home; he personally raised $12,480. 2018 USA Games.
Sarah is an avid Polar Plunger, having taken the Brock is a trained Global Messenger who gives For the past 15 years, she has spearheaded a local
plunge 11 times. Despite being afraid of heights, she presentations and goes on sponsor calls with staff. bowling tournament and track meet all orchestrated
even went Over the Edge, rappelling from a tall building Brock serves on the Jefferson County DDRB (Senate by youth leaders and local student councils.
to raise money for her teammates. Bill 40) Advisory Committee known as “Together.” There Through Terri’s leadership, she has supported
Sarah was one of the first ones to step up to the plate he represents individuals and families in Jefferson her athletes’ aspirations to move on to the USA and
and become a Charter Class member to raise money for County who are in need of developmental disability World Games level.
the Training for Life Campus. support and services. She has one of the strongest family support
One of Sarah’s greatest accomplishments is being Brock’s enthusiastic outlook on life is contagious. He networks in the state because she finds a way for
one of the first athletes to graduate from the Athlete loves to give back and does so with gusto. He is a true every family member to feel included and engaged in
Leadership University with a degree in Communications. champion and advocate for all. the program.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The SOMO Award of Excellence is our highest award presented by the board of directors, recognizing organizations for significant dedication, financial contributions or a
partnership with SOMO. It is awarded on a yearly basis.

4 State Trucks
After the 2010 World’s in $3,516 that year, there make sure that Missouri of the employees at 4 the number of trucks
Largest Truck Convoy, truly was nothing to has the best Truck Convoy State Trucks. Each year, has increased to 522 –
Bryan Martin of 4 State lose. That next year was ever. Bryan comes up with totaling 2,524 trucks since
Trucks asked if SOMO the start of a wonderful It has gone from the something to make the 2011.
would consider moving relationship with a smallest convoy in the event bigger and better. Without Bryan, his
the date of the event so business and a family of world to the one with the The Truck Convoy has family and the 4 State
that it could be part of employees who would do most trucks and most become the largest event Trucks employees, this
the Guilty By Association anything for SOMO. money raised in 2018. in Joplin each year. event would not have
Truck Show. Bryan works all year This is all because In eight short years, the grown to one of the
Since the event only long not only to grow his the dedication of Bryan event has raised nearly top Convoys in North
had 17 trucks and brought Truck Show but also to Martin, his family and all $700,000. In addition, America.

STATEWIDE WINNERS
Stephanie Littrell Candi Quaite The Kornises John Wheeler
Athlete — St. Louis Metro Area Coach – Southeast Area Family – KC Metro Area Volunteer – Headquarters
Stephanie has Candi Quaite Sheriff Wheeler
grown up within has been involved has always been
SOMO and every in Special Olympics involved with Special
year she makes for more than five Olympics Missouri,
more of a mark on years. She has served but usually it’s in the
this organization. as a volunteer background. This
Stephanie has chaperone, mentor, past year, SOMO
participated in bus driver and The Kornis family has been involved needed help with
multiple sports, most importantly, a in Special Olympics in Lee’s Summit for road closures and
including golf, basketball, bocce dedicated coach. 15 years, since their daughter Abbey was cleaning up parking issues for the 2018
and softball since she joined Special Candi works for the Clearwater School eight years old. State Outdoor Games. He stepped up
Olympics. system as a special education teacher. Abbey participates in eight sports and to the plate and made it all happen,
And now, Stephanie has taken She coaches her school team in track has been awarded Ms. SOMO Basketball. ensuring safety for SOMO athletes,
her participation beyond just sports and field and bowling. They all look up Her parents, Greg and Ellen are a coaches and families.
by enrolling in Athlete Leadership. to her and work on the field and court permanent fixture on the sideline and on He was instrumental in bringing the
Stephanie has been taking courses to to be the best they can be under her the field. Missouri Sheriffs Association into LETR
become a public speaker on behalf of leadership. Greg and Ellen are both coaches, and secured a $15,000 donation.
SOMO, and to be a true leader in her Candi also teaches the athletes life chaperones, Unified Partners and Sheriff Wheeler was the first one
community. skills through their participation in volunteers. to sign up for the Power Hour Plunge
Her final project is to start a “social Special Olympics. They learn many skills, They have always been the first to in Jefferson City. Together, he and the
club” for those with disabilities in her including socialization, self-care and how volunteer at fundraising events such as mayor recruited 10 other Jefferson City
community. She will graduate in 2019. to develop positive relationships with the Polar Plunge, Broadway Bridge Run VIPs and raised more than $10,000 for
their teammates. and Miles for Medals. SOMO in a few short weeks.

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HEADQUARTERS
573-635-1660
305 Special Olympics Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

CENTRAL AREA
573-635-1660
305 Special Olympics Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

KC METRO AREA
816-535-9610
9150 E. 41st Ter., Ste. 213
Kansas City, MO 64133

NORTH AREA
816-233-6232
702 S. Woodbine Rd.
St. Joseph, MO 64507

SOUTHEAST AREA
573-339-6733
1625 N. Kingshighway
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2702 Richard Joseph Blvd.,
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Joplin, MO 64804

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314-961-7755
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