Illinois

Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
Special Olympics Chicago
The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance.  Help us reach one more person who wants to participate.  
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It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

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605 East Willow Street
Normal, IL, USA, 61761

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+1 (309) 888-2551

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    INspire Greatness Gala
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    Пт апр 20, 2018
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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    Chicago
    IL
    USA

    INspire Greatness Gala

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    Пт апр 20, 2018
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM

    Background: Special Olympics Illinois (SO IL) intends to continue the momentum created at the inaugural Inspire Greatness Gala, which celebrated the historic occasion of the birth of the Special Olympics movement on July 20, 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago with 1,000 athletes participating. Fifty years later, the movement is international in scope, touching the lives of over 4.5 million athletes, millions more families and volunteers in 170 countries. SO IL provides year round athletic training and competition in 17 sports for more than 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and nearly 20,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7), encouraging the development of physical fitness and enabling a network of opportunities to develop sustaining friendships. As in previous years, the event is expected to draw scores of Chicago dignitaries and notables. The 2018 Inspire Greatness Gala again pays tribute to the City of Chicago and the role that it has played in this historic movement and showing the world how Special Olympics transforms lives. This year’s Gala video will feature Special Olympics Illinois athlete Bree Bogucki. Bree was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and an extreme processing disorder she did not walk or talk until after her 2nd birthday. After finding Special Olympics at 9 years old, she began to feel accepted and experience success. Her confidence improved and she no longer felt so different. Music soothed her sensory issues, and after listening to music for years, she developed perfect pitch and is now an accomplished singer. Bree still struggles with issues related to autism, but works hard to accomplish her goals. Bree attends Harper College and competes on the cross country team. In 2015, she was invited by Coca-Cola and Special Olympics to take part in recording a song for Special Olympics World Games with Mark Roberge of OAR, Cody Simpson, and Madison Tevlin. As Bree says, “People with disabilities can do great things!” Event Chair: Pat Canning, Office Managing Partner, KPMG LLP Venue: Hilton Chicago Hotel Entertainment: City Lights Orchestra Additional Attractions: Signature high-end Live/Silent Auction, featuring exclusive sports events, experiential items and celebrity appearances Sponsor Levels Available: Gold Medal: $50,000 Silver Medal: $25,000 Bronze Medal: $10,000 Champion: $5,000 Auction: $2,500 Cocktail Hour: $1,500 Individual Tickets: $400 each Honor Ads Full Page: $1,000 Half Page: $750 Logo: $500 Name Listed: $250 Additional presenting sponsor and underwriting opportunities exist. Contact Shelley Chenoweth at 630-942-5619 or schenoweth@soill.org


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    Hilton Chicago Downtown
    720 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL
    USA
    60605
  • июл 17 - июл 22
    Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
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    Вт июл 17 - Вс июл 22, 2018
     
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    3 venues
    USA

    Special Olympics 50th Anniversary

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    Вт июл 17 - Вс июл 22, 2018
     

    The spark that became today's Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Ill., USA. Five decades later, we are returning to Chicago to launch the year-long Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebrations. Here's what we have planned so far: From 17 to 21 July, the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Football Cup competition will team people with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world. A total of 24 teams -- from every region of the world -- will take part. These include 16 men's teams and eight women's teams. On 20 July, The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run will include Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from Illinois and elsewhere. On 22 July, in Chicago and around the world, a day for everyone to celebrate the history of Special Olympics and its bright future. Athletes from the first 1968 Games will be joined by today's athletes to tell their stories of empowerment. Members of the public, Special Olympics families and others come together on the playing field for Unified Sports experiences. Change the Game Day will be a global festival of togetherness and sharing for all. Join us as we play together, learn from each other, and chart an inspiring course for the future!


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    Unified Football Cup
    Toyota Park
    7000 Harlem Ave
    Bridgeview, Illinois
    USA
    From 17 to 21 July, the Special Olympics Unified Football Cup competition will team people with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world.
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    50th Anniversary Torch Run
    Throughout the City
    Route to be announced
    Chicago, Illinois
    USA
    On 20 July, Commemorative Run will include Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from Illinois and elsewhere.
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  • мар 14 - мар 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Чт мар 14 - Чт мар 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Чт мар 14 - Чт мар 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


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    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.
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