Jean Bursmeyer, Jan Wood, George Richardson (l-r back) and Tabitha Morris (front) took on my challenge to play some volleyball on our front lawn.

Special Olympics Missouri will be sending over 80 athletes to New Jersey next June to compete in the USA games. On Friday I had the opportunity to meet with a few of the athletes who will be representing the Show Me State in volleyball. Jan Wood, George Richardson, and Jean Buersmeyer are three of the athletes who make up Missouri’s squad. Tabitha Morris, who is not making the trip, but is preparing for softball at the Fall Games in Cape Girardeau, was a teammate of these three on a volleyball team that won the state tournament.

The athletes selected to represent Missouri at the USA Games were nominated. Each athlete is responsible for helping raise funds for their trip. Watch my video and get a chance to meet some pretty cool people.  Click on their link to learn more about them and how you can support their efforts.

Jean Buersmeyer

Jan Wood

George Richardson

Every four years, Special Olympics conducts a national summer games in the United States that includes athletes from all 52 US Programs. New Jersey is proud to have been selected as host of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, the Games of Welcome and Acceptance.

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase athletes competing in 14 official and 3 demonstration sports. Competitions will be offered in both traditional and Unified play, bringing together the community to support and play side-by-side with our athletes, in what expects to be the most inclusive Games in Special Olympics History.

3,500 athletes from all 50 states
10,000 volunteers
coaches and official delegates
family members and friends of athletes

Team Missouri will consist of the following sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Flag Football, Golf, Powerlifting, Tennis, and Volleyball.