(JEFFERSON CITY) On Jan. 16 in a surprise presentation in Branson, long-time volunteer for Special Olympics Missouri Randy Boehm was inducted into the Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) Hall of Fame. He believed he was simply attending a Special Olympics Missouri Annual Awards Luncheon to find out how else he could further the athletes’ cause when his name was announced at the Hall of Fame luncheon.
SOMO can induct up to two athletes and two non-athletes into the Hall of Fame each year.
Boehm will be recognized alongside the newest inductees to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, including former Missouri Tigers football coach Gary Pinkel, longtime NFL coach Gregg Williams, Kansas City Chiefs center Tim Grunhard and more, in Springfield on Jan. 31.
Randy Boehm, Volunteer
Randy Boehm of Columbia has been involved in Special Olympics Missouri for nearly 30 years in many different capacities, including the regional Law Enforcement Torch Run (www.SOMO.org/LETR) coordinator for Missouri, the regional coordinator for the international LETR executive council for five years, the Missouri LETR committee chair for 10 years and the board of directors chair for two years.
As the LETR committee chair, he led the SOMO movement to achieve its first $1 million year and eventually reached the first $2 million year by 2012. In the 10 years he served as the committee chair, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $11.8 million. He continues to serve on the committee to this day and is a role model for many in the organization.
Most recently, he championed the support from LETR to commit to raising $1 million over five years for the Training for Life Campus (www.SOMOCampus.org) capital campaign. This commitment showed that law enforcement wasn’t just funding the daily programming needs, but they were thinking of the future of SOMO’s athletes as well.
Boehm is known in the LETR movement across the United States as an amazing leader who always puts the mission and the athletes first.
For more information or to learn how you can support Special Olympics Missouri, contact Brandon Schatsiek at Schatsiek@somo.org. Information about the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement can be found at www.mosportshalloffame.com.