SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Special Olympics Chicago serves nearly 7,500+ athletes annually, offering 22 sports and competition opportunities. From event planning to congratulating athletes at the finish line, we have an opportunity for you.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS & SPONSORSHIPS

Corporate partnerships with SCC/Special Olympics Chicago are customized to meet the philanthropic, marketing, sponsorship and/or employee interests of a company. Because Special Olympics Chicago has activities throughout the year, we are able to offer an almost limitless number of contribution options for companies, their employees and their customers.
Sponsoring a Special Olympics Chicago event provides a unique opportunity to connect with the local community, to build brand awareness and transform lives, including your own. It’s about a spirit of giving and teamwork. It’s about making your company and community a more welcoming and accepting place for people of all abilities. It’s also about creating lifelong friendships and finding a new way of thinking about others.

Help bring out the champion in every athlete by sponsoring a truly special event, right here in the city where the international Special Olympics movement was born, back in 1968. Each event provides an entertaining and engaging way for you to “wow” employees, clients, customers and the media.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS & SPONSORSHIPS

Corporate partnerships with SCC/Special Olympics Chicago are customized to meet the philanthropic, marketing, sponsorship and/or employee interests of a company. Because Special Olympics Chicago has activities throughout the year, we are able to offer an almost limitless number of contribution options for companies, their employees and their customers.
Sponsoring a Special Olympics Chicago event provides a unique opportunity to connect with the local community, to build brand awareness and transform lives, including your own. It’s about a spirit of giving and teamwork. It’s about making your company and community a more welcoming and accepting place for people of all abilities. It’s also about creating lifelong friendships and finding a new way of thinking about others.

Help bring out the champion
in every athlete by sponsoring a truly
special event,right here in the city where the
international Special Olympics movement
was born, back in 1968. Each event provides
an entertaining and engaging way for you to
“wow” employees, clients, customers
and the media.

WE’LL FIND THE RIGHT FIT

CHICAGO POLAR PLUNGE

Thousands of participants join us every March at Lake Michigan to participate in the Chicago Polar Plunge. Individuals and teams fundraise and jump into the icy waters of Lake Michigan in support of the Special Olympics athletes. The Chicago Polar Plunge is our largest fundraising event and we are excited that this will be our 20th anniversary. Join us March 1, 2020 and help us  make it our most successful year yet!

TEAM SPECIAL OLYMPICS CHICAGO MARATHON TEAM

The Special Olympics Chicago Marathon Team is a group of runners of all ages and abilities training for the Bank of American Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13 in support of the Special Olympics Chicago mission through fundraising, training, and day-of support! We believe connecting people through sports and physical activity are the beginning steps in spreading our mission of inclusion, acceptance, and joy. Together, we can cross the finish line towards more inclusive communities… one runner at a time.

MIDWAY 5K

On September 8, Special Olympics Chicago will hold our annual Midway Fly Away 5k at Midway Airport in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines. Participants will have a unique and fun opportunity to run directly on the airfield, while the planes continuously take off and land!

SPRING GAMES

Close to 4,000 athletes participate in the track and field events of the Spring Games. Any athletes that win a gold medal will advance to the State Competition in June. This is one our biggest competitions of the year. Don’t miss our next Spring Games in May of 2020!

EVENING RECEPTION

Our Evening Reception is a chance to honor those who have gone above and beyond to make a difference by supporting Special Olympics Chicago. Our 2019 honorees were Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Shannon Rovers Irish Bagpipe Band. The event is a great way for friends of Special Olympics to gather for a fun evening in support of our mission. Join us in fall of 2020 for our next event!

HOCKEY CLASSIC

The 2019 Hockey Classic will be held on Sunday, August 4. This exhibition game will feature an all-star roster including current NHL players, former NHL players, Olympians, and other Chicago youth hockey celebrities, compete to entertain fans and support Special Olympics Chicago. Recent players include Patrick Kane, Vincent LoVerde, Ian Cole, Kendall Coyne, and Vinnie Hinostroza.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The success of Special Olympics Chicago depends on the generosity of our donors and sponsors. Your support makes our programs for athletes throughout the city possible. Our special events are the perfect opportunity to be involved in Special Olympics Chicago and contribute to our mission.

To learn more about all corporate engagement opportunities or to request a Sponsorship Package, email Julia Jamieson, Associate Director of Development, at julia.jamieson@sochicago.org.