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    50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

    Chance the Rapper’s production company, Social Function Productions, and Special Olympics have partnered to produce the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert!
    Buy your tickets today!

    Check out the line-up HERE and stay tuned for more artist announcements!

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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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    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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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!
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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