Training for Life Campus
fundraising nears its goal

 

Finish line in sight

The SOMO Training for Life Campus promises to be a transformative place for Special Olympics Missouri athletes. 

As the development team concluded a successful year of fundraising in 2015, it is preparing for the final leg of fundraising in 2016. SOMO needs to raise $3.6 million throughout 2016 to finish the capital campaign.

Creating the home for SOMO athletes

The staff, leadership and board of Special Olympics Missouri, in collaboration with the Training for Life Campus Committee, have planned a dynamic campus to serve the 15,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Missouri. 

It is estimated that 108,824 Missourians with intellectual disabilities could be eligible for Special Olympics programs. The campus will be a resource for them and future generations of SOMO athletes.

In fact, the SOMO Training for Life Campus will be the largest facility of its kind in the United States specifically designed for the special needs of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

A campus focused on our athletes

The planned SOMO Training for Life Campus (shown in an early-stage rendering above) will offer athletic fields and facilities for year-round training opportunities; education for athletes, coaches and volunteers; and enriched programming for SOMO’s Healthy Athletes screenings and Young Athletes programs.

The planned SOMO Training for Life Campus (shown in an early-stage rendering above) will offer athletic fields and facilities for year-round training opportunities; education for athletes, coaches and volunteers; and enriched programming for SOMO’s Healthy Athletes screenings and Young Athletes programs.

Centrally located in Jefferson City, the 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. 

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 sit on 16.5 acres in Jefferson City and will offer year-round training opportunities for athletes, coaches and volunteers throughout Missouri. Read more about the location here.  

From an economic impact standpoint, the SOMO Training for Life Campus is estimated to bring 1,950 room nights and 7,500 meals annually and 30 permanent jobs to the Jefferson City economy.. Families and friends of the athletes who will visit the campus to train each year will utilize additional hotel room nights, eat meals in local restaurants and take part in a variety of shopping opportunities.

The campus doesn’t stop there -- it will serve as a lifelong community hub and will inspire a new drive in our athletes so that they may 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.

 

Athletes earn class rings and letter jackets

For the first time ever, SOMO athletes earned Class of 2015 letter jackets, class rings, warm-up shirts or caps by participating in the athlete fundraising program for the SOMO Training for Life Campus. 

As members of the Class of 2015, SOMO athletes will be recognized in their own special area of the Training for Life Campus. 

At every visit, every camp, every practice, every competition and ceremony at the campus, each member of the Class of 2015 will forever be reminded of his or her hard work and commitment to make this exceptional campus a reality for themselves and the thousands of other amazing SOMO athletes who will follow them.

Visit the SOMO athletes' fundraising website here

SOMO athlete Beth Brokamp of Columbia celebrates after receiving her letter jacket for raising $5,000 to go toward the Training for Life Campus.

SOMO athlete Beth Brokamp of Columbia celebrates after receiving her letter jacket for raising $5,000 to go toward the Training for Life Campus.


Tax credits drive large campus donations

SOMO offers tax credits in the state of Missouri for contributions of $2,500 and more to the Training for Life Campus.

As the SOMO Training for Life Campus fundraising campaign nears its deadline in December 2016, donors are given the opportunity to make a much bigger impact with their donation and get an unusually generous tax break.

SOMO makes this possible through Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits, which offers tax savings of 50 percent on state income tax, as well as additional savings on federal income tax. Donors can still take advantage of this program in 2016.

Donors can still take advantage of this program in 2016.