UNITY IN ACTION
The 4-day competition happens 17-20 July at Toyota Park in Chicago, Illinois. Unified teams – including players with and without intellectual disabilities—will compete alongside their local football/soccer club sponsors.
This Unified Cup will put a global spotlight on the skills and talents of Special Olympics athletes. The competition also showcases the unifying power of sport! And it’s all part of the five-day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics.
A total of 24 teams—16 male and 8 female—will come from around the world: Bharat (India), Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Japan (Nippon), Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Slovakia, United Arab Emirates, United States and Uruguay.
“The Special Olympics movement is excited to showcase the talent of Special Olympics athletes and the unifying power of sport on the global stage,” said CEO Mary Davis. “We unite on the playing field to show the world that playing and competing together breaks down barriers, regardless of ability, race, religion or background. Special Olympics is grateful to Toyota for their supporting our mission to promote inclusion through sport.”
ESPN will broadcast some of the final matches LIVE on Friday 20 July on ESPN2—in the first-ever primetime broadcast of a Special Olympics competition.