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      Local Special Olympics athlete is raising money for new building

      One special Heartland man is doing something to help an organization that has done so much for him.

      21-year-old Jared Niemeyer of Edina has been involved in the Missouri Special Olympics since he was 8. He has competed for the state on the local, state and national levels.

      Lately he's been putting money in his magic jar to help raise money for a proposed 11-acre Training For Life Campus in Columbia for the Missouri Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers.

      He said he just loves the organization and wants to help.

      "Special Olympics is my life. Makes my parents very happy. My favorite part of Special Olympics is friendship and meeting people," Niemeyer said.

      The project is set to cost about $12 million to build and all Special Olympics athletes across the state are fundraising as well to make it happen.

      If you want to help donate, click here to the Missouri Special Olympics website.

      Jared also is raising money to represent Missouri Special Olympics at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. He needs to raise about $1,500. Click here if you want to help donate.