Upcoming Event: Celebrating 50 Years of Special Olympics

The creation of Special Olympics 50 years ago started a movement for people around the world with intellectual disabilities – one that celebrates the joy, courage, teamwork and achievements experienced through participation and competition in sport. With 5.3 million athletes in over 170 countries, Special Olympics has come a long way since the first Games at Soldier Field, Chicago in 1968. In July of 2018, Special Olympics will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a weeklong schedule of events featuring sport competition, music and heritage.

Join us December 12 for a discussion on how one of the world’s largest sporting movements began in Chicago, and how the 50th Anniversary Celebration held at Soldier Field will create a lasting legacy for the city and the Special Olympics movement worldwide.

Hon. Anne M. Burke, Justice, Illinois Supreme Court, First Judicial District
Jenny Fortner, Board Chair, Special Olympics Illinois
Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent & CEO, Chicago Park District
Jorge Ramirez, President, Chicago Federation of Labor

Kevin Magnuson, Board President, Special Olympics Chicago

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Registration begins and buffet opens at 8:00am

For more information about the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration, or to donate, visit:

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Panelists are subject to change.

Chicago Sports Commission Business of Sport Speaker Series

About the Business of Sport Speaker Series:

The Chicago Sports Commission Speaker Series showcases the business side of the sporting world by bringing together leaders of Chicago’s sports and professional communities. The series provides compelling content and invites knowledgeable panelist to discuss a variety of current business trends in the industry. Past topics include: Technology & Sports, Sports Medicine, Business of Soccer, Sports Media & Production, and many more. 

Previous Speakers Include:

Jay Blunk, Executive Vice President, Chicago Blackhawks
Stan Bowman, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Chicago Blackhawks
Kristin Fasbender, Director of Championships and Alliances, NCAA
Eric Finkelstein, Director of Event Operations, National Football League
Marilynn Gardner, President & Chief Executive Officer, Navy Pier
Daniel Glantz, Global Head of Sponsorship, AIG
Julian Green, Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs, Chicago Cubs
Michael Kelly, General Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Park District
Atul Khosla, Chief Operating Officer, Chicago Fire Club
Alyse LaHue, General Manger, Chicago Red Stars
George McCaskey, Chairman, Chicago Bears
Dan Payne, Chief Executive Officer, USA Rugby
Brian Remedi, Chief Administrative Officer, U.S. Soccer Federation
David Robbins, Project Administrator, Chicago Department of Aviation
Terry Savarise, Senior Vice President of Operations, Chicago White Sox and United Center
Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago
Tanesha Wade, Director of Events & Entertainment, Chicago Bears

To receive event invitations, including to the CSC Business of Sport Speaker Series, please sign up here.



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