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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
Tickets: Coming Soon

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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.


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: 90,000

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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: 7PM CT
Tickets: Coming Soon

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This unified gathering will bring together the world’s top musicians, athletes, artists, celebrities, global leaders, donors, and partners to celebrate and advance the Special Olympics’ inclusion movement and “Choose to Include”