Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Starting this July, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us -- and launch an Inclusion Revolution!
Note: All events detailed below will occur in Chicago, but you can be a part of the celebration from anywhere! Give $50 or more in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics, and get your choice of a limited-edition commemorative 50th Anniversary Gold Pin or Gold Coin!
Unified Cup (July 17 - 20)
The inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup competition will team people with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world. A total of 24 football/soccer teams—from every region of the world—will take part. These include 16 men's teams and eight women's teams. The four-day event will be held at Toyota Park in Chicago.
Commemorative Torch Run & Eternal Flame of Hope (July 20)
The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run will include Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from Illinois and elsewhere. In addition, Chicago will mark a citywide salute to 50 years of Special Olympics. The entire city will light up with a new eternal "Flame of Hope"—symbolizing a world of welcome and inclusion, where everyone can learn, work, compete and play with the same rights and opportunities.
Registration for the LETR Commemorative Run is open to law enforcement, Special Olympics athletes and the public. Registration is $75 and all participants will receive a Commemorative Run Shirt. Participants can choose to run the entire 4 mile route or the last 2 miles (approximate). The commemorative Torch Run is a structured run similar to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg. Participants will run in formation, the pace will be a 15 minute mile (4 miles per hour) and will be led by a law enforcement officer and Special Olympics athlete carrying the Flame of Hope. Click here for more information or to register your participation today!
Global Day of Inclusion (July 21)
Soldier Field, the birthplace of Special Olympics, will host a massive celebration, a festival of inclusion that will serve as the spark for people around the world to commit to making their cities more inclusive. This family-friendly festival will offer sports activities, interactive games, exhibits, delicious food offerings, and live entertainment.
LIVE Music Concert (July 21)
A star-studded evening of inspiring entertainment at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island—and a live audience around the world!
Light the Flame
Honor an athlete, coach, volunteer or friend on the Eternal Flame of Hope monument. Featuring a custom design by renowned sculptor Richard Hunt, the monument will be stationed at the site of the very first Special Olympics at Soldier Field. Find out more here.
For updated information, visit: https://www.specialolympics.org/50th.aspx.