Special Needs

Fort Leonard Wood to Host 2015 Special Olympics Missouri

4 Nov, 2014

Indoor Events to be Housed in FLW

Fort Leonard Wood is partnering with Special Olympics Missouri to host the 2015 SOMO State Indoor Games.

According to an article in MyGuidon.com, more than 1,800 athletes and coaches from across the Show Me state will converge on the installation March 27-29 for the first-ever State Indoor Games featuring solely basketball and bowling.

“Fort Leonard Wood will provide accommodations, meals, transportation, basketball, bowling and other venues and facilities to support SOMO athletes,” said Col. Andrew Herbst, Fort Leonard Wood Garrison commander. “This will require installation synchronization, which has already begun. An installation planning team has discussed support requirements and coordination of all levels of support in order to make this a first-class event.”

The post has hosted small, area SOMO competitions but nothing on a state-wide scale since the 2006 Fall Sports Classic. A portion of the basketball games will be held at the Waynesville R-VI School District’s basketball facilities.

“It’s hard for us to find facilities that not only have enough basketball courts, but also enough bowling lanes for us to finish all of our brackets over the course of one weekend,” said Brandon Schatsiek, Special Olympics Missouri public relations manager. “The facilities for both bowling and basketball that Fort Leonard Wood has to offer are top-notch.”

Athletes have been asking when the games were coming back to Fort Leonard Wood, according to Schatsiek.

“Athletes either remember what it was like or have heard the stories from other athletes on how special it was to compete at the Fort and the kind of reception that they received, either while playing in their games, during the opening ceremony or just while on the post in general,” Schatsiek said.

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