Lauren D.’s Story

I got involved with Special Olympics because it means so much to me knowing I am helping transform the lives of others. I started volunteer coaching for Special Olympics in college and loved it. I even made a short documentary about Special Olympics and the athletes for a film class. I wanted to show that…

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The Concert for Empowerment and Inclusion

A sellout crowd of friends and supporters packed Northerly Island Saturday for the world-class concert that featured Chance the Rapper, Usher, Francis & The Lights, Daya, Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz, O.A.R. and Carl Thomas with videotaped greetings from Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. Special guests included Bulls star Jabari Parker and Olympians Michael Phelps, Michelle Kwan and…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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We Welcomed the World to Chicago

Chicago welcomed Special Olympics athletes, families, friends and supporters to the birthplace of the global movement. More than 24 countries were represented for five days of soccer competitions, family activities, a star-packed concert and the Law Enforcement Torch Run that culminated in the lighting of the Eternal Flame of Hope at Soldier Field. Two years…

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Special Olympics Chicago Honored at Aon’s Executive Leadership Conference

On June 13, 2018, Aon hosted their annual Executive Leadership Conference in Chicago at the Radisson Blu Hotel. We are honored to have been invited by Greg Case, CEO of Aon, to recognize Justice Ann Burke and Special Olympics as their community partner this year and for our organization’s 50th Anniversary. Justin Ann Burke sharing…

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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…

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2018 Chicago Polar Plunge Registration Open Now!

Make the #PolarPromise and prepare to #MakeASplash for Special Olympics Chicago! Think you’re fun? Take the test and jump in the lake for Special Olympics Chicago! Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full plunge, all are welcome to join us! No registration fee! Free round trip bus for groups of 20…

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