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    50 Years of Empowerment

    Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing the world!

    Starting this July, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Join us -- and launch an Inclusion Revolution!!

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    Breaking Ground in Chicago

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary year, Special Olympics and the Chicago Park District break ground on the Eternal Flame of Hope, a permanent monument to convey the hope for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

    Read the press release HERE

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Celebrating Abilities, Worldwide

For our year-long anniversary, we are celebrating 50 years of joy, courage and empowerment. Starting in July, the global Special Olympics celebrations will inspire new generations to see the beauty, dignity and talent in each of us.

Chicago is hosting the Special Olympics movement’s 50th Anniversary global celebration events this 17-21 July.

Celebrating 50 Years of Unity and Empowerment

The spark that became today's Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Il., USA. 

Five decades later, we are returning to Chicago to launch the year-long global Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebrations this July. 

Join us as we play together, learn from each other, and chart an inspiring course for the future!

Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Illinois and Special Children’s Charities in Chicago are uniting to host nearly a week of exciting events to celebrate the first 50 years of Special Olympics and to launch the movement into the future.

Events planned for July 2018 in Chicago include the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cup

Also planned is a star-studded Global Day of Inclusion, where the public can "Play Unified" and join in fun athletic competition with Special Olympics athletes. There will also be a Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run and the ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Eternal Flame of Hope, which will symbolize our burning passion for inclusion and justice for people with intellectual disabilities.

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