Special Olympics Plans Columbia Training Center

6 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 02 2011 Sep 2, 2011 Friday, September 02, 2011 9:24:15 AM CDT September 02, 2011 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A fund-raising campaign to build a training facility for Special Olympics Missouri is off to a strong start.

Centene Corp., a health plan company based in St. Louis, donated the first $1 million for the proposed building in south Columbia.

The plans were announced Thursday at the start of fund-raising for the proposed $7.5 million facility. The organization also plans to move its headquarters from Jefferson City to the new building.

Organizers are planning a 44,000-square-foot building on 11.2 acres. Plans are for the center to have facilities to support 21 sports, a fitness center and some health screenings. Other organizations will be allowed to use the center.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports http://bit.ly/n5cppZ ) that the $1 million gift is the largest donation ever given to Special Olympics Missouri.

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