masc + Special olympics missouri pARTNERSHIP
Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) has been the state charity of choice for the Missouri Association of Student Councils and its members for 31 years. MASC’s relationship with SOMO presents member schools with an opportunity for service and a connection to an organization that holds events across the state. The partnership with SOMO has made MASC a leader in promoting social inclusion, acceptance and respect of all individuals.
MASC schools across the state provide an average of 12,000 volunteer hours each year and host many Special Olympics events and services. MASC made a concentrated effort in 2009 to promote Polar Plunge as an activity to participate in and raise money. Since then, MASC member schools have raised over $1,300,000 for Special Olympics Missouri with nearly 6,500 students and advisors taking the plunge.
Special Olympics athletes in Missouri are also able to attend Summer Leadership Workshop as Level 2 delegates through the SOMO Youth Activation Council (YAC) program. SOMO YAC is a member of MASC, is recognized as a student council and sends athletes as delegates with adult chaperones, most of whom have been MASC alumni. All students have benefited by this partnership and the SOMO YAC presence has become an integral part of the Level 2 program.
In 2013, MASC received the Special Olympics Missouri Award of Excellence. This is the highest organizational honor their board bestows on an individual or organization for their years of service and impact on the SOMO program. MASC is proud to call Special Olympics Missouri a friend and the partnership gives MASC the opportunity to educate the leaders of our future to be agents of change, fostering respect and dignity through service to others.
We recently celebrated our 25th anniversary with SOMO at the 2016 State Convention. Read more about that celebration here.
In 2017, MASC celebrated the million dollar milestone in partnership with Special Olympics Missouri. Since 2009, MASC has raised more than $1,300,000 to benefit Special Olympics Missouri. See the video below to watch the announcement.
Additional information about the MASC – SOMO partnership on the SOMO website here.
See more about MASC receiving the SOMO Award excellence here.
Read a profile of the MASC – SOMO partnership on the SOMO blog here.