JULY 17-21, 2018

Chicago is proud to be the birthplace of the Special Olympics, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The very first International Special Olympics Games were held on July 20, 1968 at Soldier Field. What began as an idea for a simple track-and-field event has branched into the largest sporting competition in the world for intellectually disabled children, serving 5 million athletes in 172 countries.

Events planned for the 50th anniversary include the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Football (Soccer) Cup, a star-studded concert, establishment of a Special Olympics Eternal Flame of Hope monument to symbolize the ongoing drive towards creating inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, and a Change the Game Day event.

This is just one of the many high-profile sporting events to which Chicago plays host in 2018. Check out what the Chicago Sports Commission has in store.

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