2018 Special Olympics State Indoor Games Are Coming to St. Joseph

The Special Olympics Missouri State Indoor Games will bring nearly 3,000 athletes, coaches and Unified Partners from across the state to St. Joseph to compete in basketball and bowling, as well as take part in other special events. This state-level event takes place March 16-17, at various facilities in St. Joseph.

The State Indoor Games kick off on Friday, March 16, with Opening Ceremony at Bishop LeBlond High School at 7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony will feature the Parade of Athletes, the lighting of the Flame of Hope, the traditional declaration, “Let the games begin!” and special performances by local performers. The public is encouraged to attend this free and fun event.

Competition events will take place at several venues, with bowling competitions on Friday and Saturday and basketball competition on Saturday only. Bowling locations include Belt Bowl and Southside Family Fun Center. Basketball venues include Benton High School, Bishop LeBlond High School, Central High School, Lafayette High School and the St. Joseph Parks and Rec Center.

Please visit www.somo.org/indoor to make a donation, register to volunteer, and for more information. The public is encouraged to attend all events. Volunteers are still needed on Saturday events, particularly at our basketball venues and our Healthy Athletes screenings provided for athletes.

Venues and times are as follows:


Bowling at Belt Bowl and Southside Family Fun Center

Friday, March 16, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Belt Bowl will end at 3:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 17, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Basketball at Benton, LeBlond, Central, Lafayette and REC Center

Saturday, March 17, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Special Olympics is dedicated to improving the overall health and fitness of our athletes, not only through organized sports training and competition but by also providing free health screenings through the Healthy Athletes program. All of these screenings are provided for SOMO athletes free of charge.  The Healthy Athlete Park will be Saturday, March 17 from 4:30–7:30 p.m. at Civic Arena and will include: Medfest, Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, FUNFitness and Health Promotion.

The State Indoor Games would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors. Thank you to our year-round partners Knights of Columbus, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Shop ‘n Save. Our Platinum level sponsors are Eagle Communications, the City of St. Joseph and St. Joseph School District. Our Gold level sponsors are Spire, Sunshine Electronic Display, Cosentino’s Catering, Hillyard, Belt Bowl, Buchanan County and Southside Family Fun Center.

For more information about the 2018 State Indoor Games, please visit www.somo.org/indoor or contact Harrison McLean at mclean@somo.org or 573-635-1660.

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