Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games Carry On

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COLUMBIA - The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games (SOMO) continue Thursday with various activities all day long. This will be the first year of a four-year team in Columbia. 

The games started in Columbia on May 29th and run through June 1st. More than 3,500 athletes and coaches, along with family and friends from across Missouri are expected to participate in the four-day event. 

Featured sports include track and field, aquatics, basketball, bowling, power lifting and volleyball. Thursday's action kicks off bright and early with basketball at 8 a.m. from 5 p.m. at the MU Rec Complex. Athletes will also compete in volleyball at Columbia College starting at 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The mission of SOMO is to provide sports training and athletic competition year-round with various Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

In 2011, Missouri sent seven athletes, two coaches, and four management team members to Athens, Greece for the World Summer Games. 44 years later, the Special Olympics which was founded in 1968, continues to promote physical fitness and healthy competition.

Volunteers are still welcome to join. Although the online registration is closed, those interested can call 573-301-0395. Click here for more detailed information about the event and how to get involved.