Global Day of Inclusion

On Saturday more than 10,000 families and friends filled Solider Field for the Global Day of Inclusion (GDI) activities. Surrounding Soldier Field were outdoor fitness classes, sports clinics and amusement rides. The Historic and Cultural Walk provided an overview of the last 50 years of Special Olympics and the non-stop music and demonstrations on the…

Law Enforcement Torch Run

On the date of the first games in 1968, July 20, more than 400 law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes participated in the traditional Law Enforcement Torch Run. Running through intermittent rain, they carried the torch along Lake Shore Drive, across the football field at Soldier Field to light the Eternal Flame of Hope.…

Our Anniversary Kicked Off with the Special Olympics Unified Cup

The anniversary activities kicked off with the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota. Preliminary games were held on July 17-19 at CIBC Fire Pitch and 24 countries sent top men and women athletes–with and without intellectual disabilities—to compete in this groundbreaking sports event. The semi-finals and finals moved to Toyota Park and were…

2018 National Games

This year’s National Games, which includes more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 50 states and District of Columbia, will be held July 1-6 in Seattle, Washington. Special Olympics Chicago is excited to send eight athletes to Seattle this year. Allison Berggren (Kosciuszko Park, Aiden Fallon (Norwood Park), Shawl Logan (Eckhart Park), Justin Mayer…