Centrally located in Jefferson City, Missouri, the planned Training for Life Campus will benefit all of SOMO's supporters and participants, and incorporate special recognition for athletes and donors who support the Special Olympics movement.
Take a sneak peek at the planned Training for Life Campus plans.
Special Olympics has raised $16 million for the Campus project, enough to build the 44,000 sq. ft. facility which will anchor the Campus. An additional $2.6 million is still needed to complete the outdoor fields and purchase sports equipment. Generous 2016 tax credits are available for donations of $1,000 or more. All gifts are appreciated -- donate or pledge today!
The campus will serve current and future generations of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and will be the largest such facility in scope in the United States. The 44,000-square-foot campus will be set on 15 acres in Jefferson City, and will offer year-round training opportunities for athletes, coaches and volunteers from throughout Missouri. Read more about the location here.
Athletes, families, supporters and visitors will enjoy the Training for Life Campus Tribute Trail – a beautiful pathway nestled among the sports fields and facilities of our new SOMO Training for Life Campus. You can commemorate an athlete, team, coach or family with a contribution to support the Campus. Pay tribute with a beautiful marker or bench along the trail. Learn more.
From an economic impact standpoint, the SOMO Training for Life Campus promises to bring between $227,000 and $378,000 and 30 permanent jobs to the Jefferson City economy. Families and friends of more than 1,200 athletes that will visit the campus to train each year will utilize hotel room nights, meals in local restaurants, and shopping opportuities.
The campus doesn't stop there -- it will serve as a lifelong community hub and center, and will inspire a new drive in our athletes so that they may be continue to develop physical and social skills they need to be as productive and independent as possible. This campus 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.
The campus is designed to accommodate training, practice and competitive events for some of SOMO's most popular sports programs, including a track, tennis courts, softball field, wellness trail, soccer field, and multi-sport training areas, just to name a few. As a whole, the facility exceeds ADA requirements for safety and accessibility. Naming opportunities are available for several high-profile areas of the campus.
The campus will provide enrichment opportunities for existing SOMO programs, as well as bringing many new programs to athletes and special needs children, such as the Healthy Athletes program, life skills training, exercise programs, and even intervention services for children as young as three with our Young Athletes program. These additional programs are specifically designed to improve health, fitness, and socialization among our athletes.
The Impact of Special Olympics in Missouri
Special Olympics Missouri, for more than 40 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 15,000 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. Plans for this facility, the SOMO Training for Life Campus, were announced in September 2011 when a $1 million gift from the Centene Charitable Foundation kicked off the campus fundraising effort. Help us keep the momentum with your donation.>>
In addition, SOMO's Training for Life Campus has qualified for Missouri NAP tax credits, which provide eligible donors with a 50%credit on their state taxes (which reduces both state and federal tax liability, and returns more than 70% of the donation back to the donor) when they make a donation to support the campus. Learn more about these generous tax credits.
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.