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 broadcast live by ESPN. This was the first time that a Special Olympics competition was broadcast by a major network. The men’s Slovakian team captured the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup.

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Opening Ceremonies at CIBC Fire Pitch

Kansas, MO vs China

Illinois vs Bangledish

Slovakia Wins the Male Unified Cup at Toyota Park

Illinois vs Brazil