SOMO’s Deadline for Statewide Video Contest to Promote Ending Use of R-Word Right Around Corner, Feb. 14

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

(Jefferson City) As part of Special Olympics’ world-wide campaign to end the use of the R-word (retard) in people’s everyday vocabulary, Special Olympics Missouri has created the Spread the Word to End the Word Video Contest.

This contest was created because Missouri’s junior high schools and high schools are the main audience for the Spread the Word movement. SOMO staff members know that there are plenty of talented videographers in the local schools, so what better way to allow students to spread the message of ending the R-word and show their creativity than a video contest?

Students can show how they’re supporting the Spread the Word movement and 10 students from their school could win a 2014 SOMO State Summer Games Experience in Columbia. SOMO would cover the travel expenses and housing and food costs as you will get the VIP treatment and first pick on all of the great State Summer Games volunteer positions. The winners will see firsthand what SOMO does for the more than 17,000 athletes in the program. Other prizes are included as well.

The video can be about any aspect of the STW movement
–> How the school supports people with intellectual disabilities
–> Interviews with fellow students, SOMO athletes, teachers, etc.
–> How the school celebrates STW week
–> Or even a skit with some student actors
–> So long as it spreads the mission of STW, that’s perfect. Be creative and have fun with it!

Here is the video produced to announce the video contest:

Important dates:
Feb. 14, 2014: Video submissions due
March 1, 2014: Top-3 videos are announced
March 11, 2014: Facebook voting to determine the winner begins at 1 p.m.

March 14, 2014: Order of the Top-3 announced at 1 p.m. at the MASC State Convention (schools don’t need to be present to win). We will post the winner on Facebook shortly thereafter.

For a complete list of rules and more information on the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, visit

A huge thanks goes out to the sponsor of this contest: Midwest Advertising!

About Special Olympics Missouri
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 17,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

Special Olympics Missouri is proud of our financial health returning 87 percent of every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with these honors: Better Business Bureau A+ Charity Accreditation, Charity Navigator 4-star rating and an inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2013.

Thank you for trusting us with your donations, volunteer time and your goodwill.

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