Special Olympics Missouri
1001 Diamond Ridge
Ste 200
Jefferson City MO 65109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (573) 635-1660
Mission Statement
The mission of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Our vision is the acceptance and inclusion of all people.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Musso
Board Chair Mr. Phil Cook
Board Chair Company Affiliation Superintendent Carl Junction School District
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Former Names
Missouri Special Olympics
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The mission of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Our vision is the acceptance and inclusion of all people.
Background Statement
Since 1971, Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) has served individuals with intellectual disabilities by combining the health, fitness, social, and emotional benefits that result from participation in sports. SOMO programs also provide opportunities for individuals to receive health and medical screenings that are often unavailable to this population. Many of our athletes live in low-income households and lack access to regular health care and screenings. SOMO currently offers health screenings in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNFitness (physical therapy), Health promotion, Healthy Hearing (audiology), Opening Eyes (vision), Special Smiles (dentistry) and MedFest sports physical). Participation in SOMO gives athletes access to health care that they would otherwise not have. Participation also results in significant improvements in social skills, self-confidence and self-esteem and lead to community involvement. Today, the organization serves more than 16,500 people annually.
Impact Statement
*Our first ever SOMO Athlete Leadership Program University was held in November. We had 17 athlete-leaders and mentors in attendance.

*World Games was held in Los Angeles. SOMO had 13 delegates from  who represented Special Olympics USA at the 2015 World Games. One athlete participated in tennis and the other 12 made a softball team.

*Unified Sports had a wonderful year. Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs hosted a flag football camp. Charles was involved in the Special Olympics Texas as a child and gave credit to his involvement in that program that made him the person he is today. 


*Ensure the TLC is fully funded and operational.

 Complete successful capital campaign by December 31, 2016.

*Grow Athlete Leadership Program (ALPs) University
   Host two weekends of University structure classes with athletes and their mentors. 

* Increase youth engagement.

Secure a partnership with MSHSAA to expand youth programming.

Needs Statement
  • TRAINING FOR LIFE CAMPUS: This will be a key asset to growing Special Olympics Missouri and Healthy Athletes Program. The campus will provide training for competition and life.
  • SPECIAL OLYMPICS COMPETITIONS: More than 250 local, area, district, regional and state events are held each year. There are no costs to the athletes except at State level.
  • HEALTHY ATHLETES: Special Olympics is the largest provider of health screenings in the world for people with intellectual disabilities.
Service Categories
Areas of Service
Over 17,000 athletes within the State of Missouri served in 111 counties of the 115 statewide.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The future of Special Olympics Missouri is here and now. The future of our athletes and their experience in our program is our focus both figuratively, what our athletes represent for people fighting stigmas of those with intellectual disabilities on a daily basis, and literally, our future Training for Life Campus. Strategic plan after strategic plan has put us in our current position, which allows us to focus on the future of SOMO as we ramp up our capital campaign to build the best training campus designated specifically for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and the thousands of dedicated volunteers who selflessly serve them. This very calculated and strategic plan is driven by the determination of our board who know this campus will give our athletes every opportunity they so fully deserve. This campus will be a readily available resource that athletes and their families typically have to search for on their own. To express just how important this future 44,000-square-foot facility will be for the betterment of our athletes, just look at how our total athlete count has risen in the past few years. In 2014, we served more than 16,500 athletes statewide. It’s amazing to think just how far our program has come since its inception in 1971. In order to light the way for future generations of SOMO athletes and their families, it’s important for us to also recruit new coaches and give our current coaches the right tools to accommodate a rapidly increasing athlete count. Our volunteer coaches are the lifeblood of the movement. In addition to being awarded an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, SOMO was one of only two Special Olympics programs in the United States to receive a Gold Star Rating from Guidestar. We will always work to provide quality programs for our athletes and be conscientious stewards of every dollar donated to our program from our generous sponsors and donors.
Training for Life Campus: SOMO’s Training for Life Campus, a world class, 44,000 square foot facility, will be built in mid-Missouri located for more than 103,000 people in the state who would qualify for SOMO programs. The Training for Life Campus will offer state of art facilities to all of our athletes, families and volunteers. The campus will be dedicated to sports skill development, with the outdoor fields and courts begin professionally styled in universal design. The facility will offer health screenings to athletes annually for each of the seven Healthy Athletes screening disciplines we focus on (vision, audiology, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physical exams, and general health), increased from the current number of 250. The final component of the Training for Life Campus, is to provide a facility that incorporates the values of Special Olympics Missouri and brings about a facility that embodies a strong commitment to community outreach.
Program Budget $3,900,000.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Special Olympics Progams
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success
A recent study found that more than half of Special Olympics athletes surveyed participate in physical activity at least three or more hours a week. This lifestyle choice by these athletes is likely to result in better overall health, reducing health concerns common in this population. The study also found Special Olympics athletes experience significant improvements in social skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem. The study found that 52% of adult Special Olympics athletes were employed compared to employment rates as low as 10% among the non-participating population. Employment statistics for SOMO athletes mirror the study’s findings.
Long-Term Success The long-term success of the Training for Life Campus will be to impact more individuals with intellectual disabilities, currently over 103,000 individuals are on the sidelines. The campus will assist in building self-esteem and self-confidence with each athlete to be sure they are well adjusted and involved in their community. The campus will increase operational efficiencies and allow us to serve more athletes every year, both on the campus and at events throughout the state.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by annual plan objectives that are part of our overall Strategic Plan. The success of the program is distinguished by athletes, coaches, and volunteers being involved with our program. Engaged and active participants allow for our organization to grow and prosper. The Training for Life Campus is projected to break ground early in 2017.
Examples of Program Success Beth Brokamp is a SOMO athlete that has overcome odds from day one. As a child, she wasn’t supposed to walk or talk, yet Special Olympics provided hope and so much more. Beth’s mother, Linda, shares Beth’s support for the Campus.“Mom I want to give some money for SOMO that’ll be good for me and my friends. And it’ll be good for the little ones, too.” “Beth has a real understanding of the importance of SOMO in her life,” explains Linda. Beth approached a group of donors at a recent event to acknowledge their help. “She is quick to tell them ‘thank you for all you do for us,’” Linda relates.“When I look at what SOMO has done for Beth and our family, I wish that more athletes could enjoy the benefits of this program,” Linda says.“The health benefits of training are some¬thing all athletes need. Beth had a serious heart issue, and the doctors said the training saved her.”According to Linda, for many athletes, SOMO is their support system. “The Campus will continue the ways they grow.”
Healthy Athletes: Many people believe that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better level of health care as others; in reality, they receive little care or none at all. Healthy Athletes, an initiative of Special Olympics International, has provided more than 1.4 million health screenings in 120 countries. This initiative makes Special Olympics the largest provider of health screenings in the world. The Healthy Athletes initiative has been at the core of SOMO’s services since 2003. The program includes dental, vision, and hearing screenings and follow-up care; fitness screenings and education designed to assess and improve flexibility, strength and balance; health screenings and education that motivate athletes to improve nutrition, remain physically active, and adopt and maintain a lifestyle that lowers disease risks; and provides sports physicals for Special Olympics athletes.
Category Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success
Each athlete completes a health profile with baseline information prior to any screenings. For many SOMO’s program participants, the Healthy Athletes program is their only opportunity for health care screening and services. Currently, these screening must be alternated each year at state competitions due to lack of available space. This means that screenings in each discipline are held roughly once every other year to a limited number of athletes.
Long-Term Success The connection between the Training for Life Campus and the Healthy Athletes® program is critical. The expanded capacity of the campus and its proximity to a large number of health care professionals will enable SOMO to offer screenings and follow up care on a regular basis to more athletes. The campus will allow SOMO to provide seven health screenings to more than 1,200 athletes each year, an increase of more than eight times the current number of screenings provided.
Program Success Monitored By The clinicians who conduct each health discipline screening note issues related to that specific health discipline along with information about referrals for follow-up care. This information is entered into SOMO’s Healthy Athlete tracking system. Reports with aggregate information about the number of screenings, follow-up care and the frequency of specific health condition diagnoses are provided to SOMO senior staff and board members at least twice each year, and are available as needed at any time.
Examples of Program Success
Allen Tobin has had three hearing tests over the past three years. During his last visit, the test showed that he needed further testing and analysis. Coach Bea has been with Allen throughout all of his testing and results. Initially, Allen and Coach Bea went to the program that was suggested to our Athletes, he was denied because he didn’t have insurance to cover the expenses. With the help of Special Olympics’ Healthy Hearing, under the umbrella of Healthy Athletes, Allen was sent to a new physician. This physician was great with Allen and very thorough with testing him three different times before she prescribe a hearing aide. Shortly, Coach Bea and Allen will find out the results of all his testing. If it wasn’t for Healthy Hearing Allen and other Athletes may not be able to have test let alone a hearing aide if prescribed.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Mark Musso
Term Start Sept 1991
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Development
Title Senior Director of Sports Initiatives
Title Regional Development Director
Title Senior Director of Operations
Title Chief Advancement Officer
Title Senior Director of Programs
Title Regional Development Director
Title Database Director
Title Marketing and Communications Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 28
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 21000
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
External Assessment and Accreditations
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2012
Charity Navigator2013
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Phil Cook
Company Affiliation Superintendent Carl Junction School District
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mr. Richard Banahan St. Louis Community College
Dr. LeeAnn Barrett Opening Eyes Clinician
Randy Boehm University of Missouri Health Care
Ms. Linda Brokamp Idexx-Radil
Dr. Phil Cook Superintendent Carl Junction School District
Mr. Rob Eichelberger Athlete Representative
Mr. Roger Gardner Learfield Communications, Inc.
Mr. Brad Grill Grill Law Firm
Mr. Eric Hymas Shop 'n Save
Mr. Dave Keune Olin Corporation
Mr. Roger Kurtz Missouri Association of School Administrators
Ms. Colleen Lamond University of Missouri - Columbia
Dr. Rolanda Maxim Cardinal Glennon Children Medical Center
Mr. Jared Niemeyer Athlete Representative
Mr. David Pudlowski REJIS
Randy Reddick Retired
Mr. Don Spears Belton Police Department
Ms. Melissa Vighi Lashly & Baer, P.C.
Ms. Bea Webb JCP&R Special Population Services
Mr. Gary Wilbers Entrepreneur
Marty Willadsen Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
Ms. Amy Wurst Henry Wurst, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $7,255,782
Projected Expenses $7,255,782
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990's. 
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$336,191$384,046$447,120
Individual Contributions--$0--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$36,134$28,197$50,344
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$1,075,306$672,730$0
Revenue In-Kind$96,117$64,119$316,975
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$3,730,310$3,854,447$3,694,691
Administration Expense$201,939$143,144$145,899
Fundraising Expense$543,152$332,659$484,799
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.880.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%89%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%9%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,234,559$3,182,998$3,486,816
Current Assets$673,061$433,359$570,737
Long-Term Liabilities$276,253$308,884$342,288
Current Liabilities$134,279$175,054$161,989
Total Net Assets$2,824,027$2,699,060$2,982,539
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.012.483.52
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%10%10%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $15,800,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Special Olympics Missouri
Address 1001 Diamond Ridge
Ste 200
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Primary Phone (573) 635-1660
Contact Email somo@somo.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Musso
Board Chair Mr. Phil Cook
Board Chair Company Affiliation Superintendent Carl Junction School District
Year of Incorporation 1971
Former Names
Missouri Special Olympics