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There is a new leader at the helm of Special Olympics Missouri.

The Board of Directors recently named Dr. Larry Linthacum as President and CEO.

Linthacum has 30 years of education experience and is currently Superintendent of Schools for the City of Jefferson, but plans to retire on June 30.and.

Currently, more than 16,000 athletes in Missouri’s 115 counties participate in at least one aspect of the Special Olympics.

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The Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Larry Linthacum as the new President and CEO of the statewide nonprofit organization. . Linthacum’s appointment allows SOMO to continue its long history of serving Missourians, of all ages, with developmental disabilities. At the forefront of the organization’s mission are the athletes. SOMO serves these individuals with awareness and development programs, competitions, education, employment opportunities as well as Healthy Athletes, which is a health and wellness initiative promoting proper diet, activity, partnerships and free health screenings. Currently, more than 16,000 athletes across Missouri’s 115 counties participate in at least one aspect of SOMO.

“Our Board is thrilled to have a leader of Dr. Linthacum’s caliber join us,” said SOMO Board Chair Cathy Bumb. “Larry has the qualifications and expertise to ensure SOMO continues to positively change the lives of our brave athletes and their families. We look forward to building on SOMO’s successes under his leadership. »

Linthacum announced that he will be retiring on June 30, 2022 from the Jefferson City School District after serving as its Superintendent of Schools for seven years. He has nearly 30 years of experience in education, having served as superintendent, teacher, counselor and coach. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri, where he played football as a tight end while working on an undergraduate degree in business administration. Linthacum and his family live in Jefferson City and he is active in several community organizations.

“I’m super excited about the opportunity with SOMO. I’m excited to lead and work collectively to transform lives across Missouri, especially our children and adults with developmental disabilities,” Linthacum said.

In the role of Linthacum, he will lead a team of 30 professionals in Missouri who fight against the inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation of people with intellectual disabilities. Linthacum begins his new assignment in July 2022 and will be headquartered at the Training for Life campus in Jefferson City.

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