Special Olympics Missouri

Jefferson City, MO   |


The mission of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) 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. Our vision is the acceptance and inclusion of all people.

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Dr. Larry Linthacum

Main address

305 Special Olympics Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65101 USA

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Formerly known as

Missouri Special Olympics



NTEE code info

Olympics Committees and Related International Competitions (N71)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Training for Life Campus

Training for Life Campus: SOMO’s Training for Life Campus, a world class, 44,000 square foot facility, will be built in mid-Missouri located for more than 103,000 people in the state who would qualify for SOMO programs. The Training for Life Campus will offer state of art facilities to all of our athletes, families and volunteers. The campus will be dedicated to sports skill development, with the outdoor fields and courts begin professionally styled in universal design. The facility will offer health screenings to athletes annually for each of the seven Healthy Athletes screening disciplines we focus on (vision, audiology, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physical exams, and general health), increased from the current number of 250. The final component of the Training for Life Campus, is to provide a facility that incorporates the values of Special Olympics Missouri and brings about a facility that embodies a strong commitment to community outreach.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Healthy Athletes: Many people believe that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better level of health care as others; in reality, they receive little care or none at all. Healthy Athletes, an initiative of Special Olympics International, has provided more than 1.4 million health screenings in 120 countries. This initiative makes Special Olympics the largest provider of health screenings in the world. The Healthy Athletes initiative has been at the core of SOMO’s services since 2003. The program includes dental, vision, and hearing screenings and follow-up care; fitness screenings and education designed to assess and improve flexibility, strength and balance; health screenings and education that motivate athletes to improve nutrition, remain physically active, and adopt and maintain a lifestyle that lowers disease risks; and provides sports physicals for Special Olympics athletes.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Every three years a committee is selected to create a strategic plan for the next three years. With the mission in mind, the strategic plan sets the tone for everything from the budget, to staff and board expectations, to how events are run. Below is the overarching strategic plan for 2019-2021.2019-2021 STRATEGIC PLAN: TRAINING FOR LIFEBoard Approved January 19, 2019VISION:Remain a premier Special Olympics program worldwide and become a charity of choice in Missouri.BUILD TOTAL ATHLETE PROGRAMMING•Develop an athlete lifelong participation map and comprehensive communication strategy for educating stakeholders.•Grow athlete participation, satisfaction and retention.•Grow mentor, volunteer and coach participation, satisfaction and retention.•Develop & implement a sports partnership plan with NAIA and MSHSAAMAXIMIZE & INTEGRATE THE TRAINING FOR LIFE CAMPUS (TLC)•Maximize TLC programming through additional programs and resources.•Ensure new stakeholders are invited to the TLC while programming is occurring.•Engage, educate and generate revenue from outside sources or groups.CULTIVATE SUPPORTERS & SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES•Identify, engage and leverage key stakeholders.•Maximize campaign donor relationships annually to become engaged donors.•Implement a growth strategy to support revenue goals.•Maximize SOMO’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.•Celebrate SOMO’s 35th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2020.GROW TEAM SOMO•Identify resources to increase volunteer satisfaction and engagement.•Develop a program to encourage and educate families on the benefits of being part of the SOMO team.•Identify key resources to maximize efficiencies across the organization.•Develop and execute a talent strategy that propels SOMO to develop, recognize, retain and attract top talent.

While the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan sets the direction of SOMO there are twenty seven annual objectives in the 2019 plan.1. Develop a Total Athlete Programming Map.2. Develop a communication strategy for educating stakeholders about Total Athlete Programming.3. Define baseline of current satisfaction and athlete numbers.4. Achieve annual criteria of SOI Healthy Communities Grant.5. Define baseline of current satisfaction of mentors, volunteers and coaches.6. Develop partnership for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics that aligns with their Champions of Character® program.7. Develop a partnership plan focusing on Unified Sports® opportunities.8. Develop TLC programming plan to include additional programs and resources.9. Develop and implement a plan for stakeholder engagement In TLC programming.10. Develop a camp sponsorship plan.11. Develop a plan to ensure rental income growth.12. Identify and prioritize key stakeholder groups.13. Develop engagement plan for key stakeholders.14. Establish and grow stakeholders for health and wellness.15. Identify and obtain replacement funding for Golisano Foundation grant.16. Connect donors to a programming opportunity to enrich their experience.17. Grow revenue through continued engagement.18. Identify growth and outreach opportunities.19. Identify & recruit organizing committee for SOMO's 50th Anniversary in 2021.20. Develop celebration plan for SOMO’s 35th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2020.21. Define baseline of volunteer satisfaction.22. Identify needs to improve volunteer engagement opportunities.23. Develop programs and opportunities to increase SOMO family connections and education.24. Identify and utilize best practices to increase efficiences in each SOMO department.25. Develop customer service plan as appropriate per department.26. Identify an external resource for employee development opportunities.

Today SOMO's programs and services are offered year-round in 113 local programs (113 of the 115 counties) throughout the state. Volunteer management teams provide coordination and guidance for all activities at the local level, area level and state level. This includes 30,122 active volunteers statewide. Our accredited programs establish Special Olympics sites through their communities, elementary and secondary schools, parks and recreation departments, all working together to enroll new athletes, coaches, and volunteers for continuing growth to assureSpecial Olympics is offered to all eligible individuals. SOMO has 465 local programs and teams. In addition, SOMO's state office provides day-to-day-management of the teams through the support of program directors and other staff who provide support services such as volunteer training, annual audits, insurance coverage, accreditation fees, and legal services, monthly financial reports and web access for ease of record keeping for volunteers, and other services, to support our overall mission.

Missouri's Law Enforcement Torch Run is ranked 9th in the world.Percentage of each dollar raised that goes to program is $.86 of each dollar.Key partnerships statewide is 247.Number of trainings and competitions in 2018 was 311.$458 would be the cost per athlete to participate--SOMO doesn't charge athletes to practice nor to compete at local, district, or regional levels.Local programs and teams equal 465.Registered coaches 1,138 who lovingly volunteer their services day in and out.Active volunteers statewide is 30,122 souls.Awards presented at state and area games is 27,570 gold, silver and bronze medals.Lives touched and enriched--millions!


Special Olympics Missouri

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Special Olympics Missouri

Board of directors
as of 11/04/2022
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Board chair

Mrs. Cathleen Bumb


Term: 2020 - 2022

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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