Skip to main content

You are here

The Campus

The SOMO Training for Life Campus

The Training for Life Campus, located at 305 Special Olympics Drive, is a facility on a piece of land spanning more than 16 acres in Jefferson City, MO. This campus will serve current and future Missouri athletes with intellectual disabilities. It is the first facility of its kind in the world, with the purpose of enriching the lives of our athletes. Our athletes will learn the lessons of sport and life that inspire all of us.

The campus serves as a lifelong community hub and center, and will inspire a new drive in our athletes so that they may continue to develop the physical and social skills they need to be as productive and independent as possible. It will be both symbolic and practical for our athletes, coaches and volunteers, and will represent a real sense of home for future generations of athletes who touch the lives of so many Missourians.

Watch construction of the Training for Life Campus from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting

This photo shows the SOMO Training for Life Campus in September 2018,
just after staff took occupancy.

Special Olympics has raised more than $10.5 million for the Campus construction, enough to build the 34,000 sq. ft. facility which will anchor the Campus. An estimated additional $750,000 is still needed to complete the outdoor fields and purchase sports equipment. Naming opportunities are still available.  All gifts are appreciated -- donate or pledge today!

The campus is set on more than 16 acres in Jefferson City, at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 54 and Missouri Highway 179, and will offer year-round training opportunities for athletes, coaches and volunteers from throughout Missouri. 

The Impact of Special Olympics in Missouri

Special Olympics Missouri, for more than 45 years, has been a key player in changing the lives of thousands of Missouri families and young people who have been challenged with disabilities. SOMO and its dedicated board, staff, and volunteers have guided our organization to significant outcomes, with 16,000 athletes participating in sporting events all over the state. Even in its beginnings, SOMO provided amazing opportunities for its athletes to excel and succeed -- and today, our Missouri athletes train and compete in their hometowns, state competitions, and in national and international events. 

SOMO now has the chance to fulfill even more dreams of our athletes by providing them with their first-ever dedicated space to practice, learn, play, and compete. 

SOMO coach and volunteer Mark Bussen reiterates the strength of SOMO and its goals: "Few other organizations address the needs of these individuals as successfully and comprehensively as Special Olympics Missouri," he says.

Support the SOMO Training for Life Campus with a donation. >>

Learn about naming opportunities still available. >>


Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes