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    50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

    Chance The Rapper, Usher, Francis & The Lights, and Daya, added to perform at Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert!
    Buy your tickets today!

    Check out the full line-up HERE!

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    Countdown to the Unified Cup

    Get your FREE tickets today!
    Check out the official schedule of the Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota.

    Watch the video and learn more HERE!

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    Come Celebrate the Global Day of Inclusion

    Join us 21 July at Soldier Field for a FREE day of sports, interactive games, exhibits, food, and live entertainment!

    Don’t miss your chance to play sports with celebrities on Soldier Field FOR FREE!

    Learn more HERE!

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    50th Anniversary and Inclusion Revolution Merchandise

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary with official brand merchandise.

    Click HERE for full selection of OFFICIAL merchandise.

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    Smithsonian Highlights Our Athletes, Our History

    “Special Olympics at 50” celebrates diversity and inclusion in sports
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    Light The Eternal Flame of Hope Today!

    Be a permanent part of history by having your name in the Eternal Flame of Hope Plaza!

    Commemorating 50 years of the Inclusion Revolution, the monument is the newest addition to Chicago’s world-class public art collection.

    Donate and Light the Flame HERE

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    Special Olympics x prinkshop Collaboration

    Special Olympics is proud to partner with prinkshop to celebrate our 50th anniversary with a bold collection of wearables made in a factory that provides meaningful employment for adults with autism. Check it out and join the inclusion revolution today!

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    Light Up Red for Inclusion

    From Sydney Opera House to Niagara Falls, discover the 100+ landmarks across the globe that are lighting up red on 20 July to celebrate Special Olympics 50th anniversary!
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Come Celebrate in Chicago!!!

Come out for the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago 17-21 July! Join us as we launch into the next 50 years of the Inclusion Revolution with a week of high-level sports competition at the Unified Cup, family-friendly fun at the Torch Run and Global Day of Inclusion festival, and a star-studded concert at Northerly Island. Learn more below!
**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.**
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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“The themes of inclusion, diversity, and wellbeing are woven into the very fabric of Special Olympics. These values are also part of Coca-Cola’s brands and written on the hearts of the Coca-Cola people who bring them to life all around the world.

That’s one reason our 50-year partnership is so strong today...”

Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board
The Coca-Cola Company