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50th Anniversary Event Schedule - July 17-21, 2018

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics with us at one or all of the events scheduled in Chicago. Starting July 17 and ending July 21, the first day of our next 50 years, there are activities planned that are fun for the whole family.

Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota

Preliminary Matches: July 17 – 19
Location: CIBC Fire Pitch, 3626 North Talman Ave, Chicago, IL
Start Time: 8AM CT
Cost: Free | Capacity: 1,500

Final Matches: July 20
Location: Toyota Park - Bridgeview, IL
Start Time: 5PM CT
Broadcast: LIVE on ESPN2
Cost: Free | Capacity: 18,000
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The Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota will feature 24 female and male Unified teams comprised of players with and without intellectual disabilities. Representing every region of the world, they will play in this inaugural global football (soccer) invitational tournament to show the world that when we play unified, we live unified.


Performance Stations

Date: July 17-20

Locations: Westin Hotel Competition Readiness and Athlete Lounge, Clark Park, Fire Pitch, Toyota Park
Time: Varies by location
Cost: Free | Tickets/Registration not required

Performance Stations ensure athletes perform at their best throughout the tournament. Prior to competition, athletes can get support in competition readiness (equipment and attire), nutrition, hydration, and physical activity. Throughout competition, athletic trainers will monitor the field of play, and athletes will be supported with proper nutrition and hydration to optimize their performance.


Healthy Athletes

Date: July 18-19

Location: The Westin Michigan Ave.
   Opening Eyes
   Special Smiles (July 18 only)
Time: 9AM-3PM CT
Cost: Free | Tickets/Registration not required

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® provides free health screening in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a medical professional.


Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run

Date: July 20
Location: 39th Street, along lake shore path, to Soldier Field (Eternal Flame)
Start Time: Approximately 11AM CT
Registration Fee: $75
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A ceremonial Law Enforcement Torch Run will feature hundreds of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes from throughout Chicago, Illinois, and the world. This 4-mile run will take place on the lakefront bike path and will conclude with the lighting of the Eternal Flame of Hope.


Eternal Flame of Hope

Date: July 20
Location: McFetridge Park - Chicago, IL
Start Time: 12PM CT
Cost: Free

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A new permanent, 30-foot monument for Special Olympics at Soldier Field, the site of the first games 50 years ago, will be lit at a dedication ceremony. The monument will feature a landscaped plaza and donor recognition wall, as well as spectacular sculpture and eternal flame, symbolizing the eternal hope that Special Olympics provides to athletes and their families, and in turn, the eternal hope that Special Olympics athletes provide to the world. World-renowned artist, Richard Hunt, is the designer of the sculpture.


Global Day of Inclusion

Date: July 21
Location: Soldier Field - Chicago, IL
Time: 1PM-7PM CT
Cost: Free | Capacity: 30,000
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To mark the amazing milestone of the 50th Anniversary and to kick off the next 50 years, Special Olympics will harness the reach and power of our five million athletes in 170 countries, along with their families, friends & supporters, to send a clear and compelling message to the world: “Join us for a Global Day of Inclusion.” The birthplace of Special Olympics, Chicago’s Soldier Field, will host a massive celebration, this Inclusion Revolution 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, killer food offerings, and live entertainment.



Date: July 21
Location: Northerly Island
Start Time: 5:40PM CT
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Join Chance the Rapper, Usher, Francis & The Lights, Daya, Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz, and O.A.R. on July 21 at the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert! Dedicated to empowerment and inclusion, the concert will inspire an #InclusionRevolution.

**To ensure the most inclusive and diverse event possible, Special Olympics 50 is dedicated to facilitating an accessible, supportive experience at all the events for all attendees, including people with disabilities. All venues are accessible and include a drop off area, accessible bathrooms and will include sign language interpreters.**