Special Olympics Missouri
305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City MO 65101
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (573) 635-1660
Fax 573- 635-8233
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 Mrs Susan Stegeman
Board Chair Mr. Gary Wilbers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ascend Business Strategies
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Former Names
Missouri Special Olympics
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donate via mail, using credit card, contribute in-kind services, volunteer your time.
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
2018 Accomplishments
*Trained 101 delegates to compete at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle (www.SOMO.org/USAGames)
*Finished construction on, and officially moved into, a world-class facility and our new home in Jefferson City - the Training for Life Campus (www.SOMO.org/Campus
*In the second Athlete Leadership graduating class, six athlete-leaders completed their coursework and received their degrees (www.SOMO.org/ALPs)
*Took four athletes and three Unified Partners to Chicago, along with participants from Special Olympics Kansas, to compete in the first-ever Unified Cup as part of the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration festivities. 
2019/2020 Goals
*Maximize and integrate the Training for Life Campus through additional programs and resources. Ensure new stakeholders are invited to the TLC while programming is occurring. Engage, educate and generate revenue from outside sources or groups.
*Cultivate supporters and sustainable resources through identifying, engaging and leveraging key stakeholders. Celebrate SOMO's 35th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2020.
*Grow Team SOMO through identifying resources to increase volunteer satisfaction and engagement; develop a pgrogram to encourage and educate families on the benefits of being part of the SOMO team.
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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Looking back on 2018, it's amazing to think of all the things you helped us accomplish. We celebrated with other programs around the world as the Special Olympics movement turned 50 years old, we trained and sent a team of 101 delegates to compete at the USA Games in Seattle, we opened our new 16.5-acre Training for Life Campus and held our first camp there, and we mapped out the future of our organization. We are incredibly well-prepared to embark down a new path for our organization and hope that you will join us on this journey.

Mark Musso, our president and CEO for the past 27 years, announced his retirement in September and officially passed the baton to Susan Stegeman (former vice president of development) in April 2019. Words cannot fully express our gratitude to Mark for leading this organization since 1992. Because of his dedication to our mission, we restructured our programs and created full-time area directors, built financial stability earning 3-star Charity Navigator and Guidestar Gold Level ratings, and became one of the movement's premier programs in the world.
As we celebrate everything we did in 201, we look to the future as well. It's a changing in leadership but the mission for the organization will remain the same. We have a new three-year strategic plan that will allow us to focus on the whole athlete - beyond just sports. The Training for Life Campus, through Young Athletes programs, day programs for adults, training camps, health and wellness initiatives, life skills trainings, and more, will allow us to expand our programming and train not only our current athletes, but also reach thousands more who weren't involved in our program before.
So while we take a second to catch our breath from a beautifully hectic year and celebrate our accomplishments in 2018, we are already hard at work executing the high-quality programming you've come to expect. We didn't get to where we are today by ourselves. We had a lot of help and we're going to need even more help as we turn the page and start crafting our future.
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 Mrs Susan Stegeman
Term Start Apr 2019
Former CEOs
Mr. Mark MussoSept 1992 - 2019
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
Volunteers 21000
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. Gary Wilbers
Company Affiliation Ascend Business Strategies
Board Members
Solomon AlexanderSt. Louis Sports Commission
Richard M BanahanSt. Louis County Parks Ranger
Linda BrokampIdexx Radil
Cathleen S BumbEastman Chemical Company
Jeanie BylandMid America Mortgage Services
Phil P CookCarl Junction School District
Roger L. GardnerLearfield
Brad GrillGrill Law Firm
Brianna HainesKPMG LLP
Jenna KerwoodBrown Smith Wallace LLP
Glenda KnebelCordant Health Solutions
Mark MussoSpecial Olympics Missouri
Jared NiemeyerAthlete Representative
Don SpearsBelton Police Dept.
Ken TheroffJefferson Bank
Audrey L VerretMoneta Group
Brad Alan WachlerLindenwood University
Mrs. Gary WilbersAscend Business Strategies
Marty Lynn WilladsenMissouri Sports Hall of Fame
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$97,000
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$24,028($36,328)$28,691
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$809,924$842,769$1,005,066
Revenue In-Kind$448,566$3,945,757$94,440
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$3,462,610$3,685,563$3,541,089
Administration Expense$187,002$206,661$185,754
Fundraising Expense$693,284$586,446$699,681
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.691.841.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%82%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$10,306,856$7,062,748$3,164,936
Current Assets$1,834,695$1,532,767$585,781
Long-Term Liabilities$157,039$197,941$236,789
Current Liabilities$543,728$313,161$121,561
Total Net Assets$9,606,089$6,551,646$2,806,586
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.374.894.82
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%3%7%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Special Olympics Missouri
Address 305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Primary Phone (573) 635-1660
Contact Email somo@somo.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Susan Stegeman
Board Chair Mr. Gary Wilbers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ascend Business Strategies
Year of Incorporation 1971
Former Names
Missouri Special Olympics