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Chicago Sky Partnership

by Jamie Davidson.

Work for the Chicago Sky

The Chicago Sky, in conjunction with Special Children’s Charities and Special Olympics Illinois, will be hosting their inaugural Special Olympics Runs the Game event at Wintrust Arena on Sunday, July 1st at 5pm. SO Athletes are invited to hold a job or position both behind the scenes or around the court area during the game that evening.

To view a list of available jobs, please visit

We encourage you to invite family and friends out to enjoy the game as well! There are opportunities for entire groups to participate on the court at the game! In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 International Summer Games, 50% of all proceeds will be donated back to the Special Olympics.

To purchase tickets and register your athletes for the
Chicago Sky Special Olympics Runs the Game event, you have 2 options:

  1. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets and USE PROMO CODE: OLYMPICS
  2. Give Bryan Van Den Bosch a call at 312-994-5986 and he can take care of both the tickets and job registration

Learn from the Pros

On Sunday July 8, the Chicago Sky in partnership with University of Chicago Medicine will host their first annual #ChicagoFit Health and Fitness Festival.

As part of the event this year, the Chicago Sky will be attempting to break a World Record for the largest multi-venue basketball clinic of 4,000 participants, including Special Olympics basketball players. The current record holder is Kevin Durant of the Golden Warriors and the NBA. The Sky hope to inspire people living in the Chicagoland area from ages 8 – 80 to be more conscious about their health this summer and show the world what the women of the WNBA can accomplish!

They are providing bus transportation to the first 30 groups that sign up! The buses can hold about 40-50 people. Lyft will also be providing discounted transportation.

  • Clinic Check-in: 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Clinic: 2:00pm-2:30pm
  • Complimentary family fitness and health fair: 2:30pm-6:00pm

After the world record breaking event, the Sky will host our annual Health and Fitness festival, featuring 40 of the leading health and wellness brands in the Chicagoland area with prizes and giveaways. Please use this link to sign up for the event:


Chicagoland Speedway

by Jamie Davidson.

Purchase your tickets to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 with this Special Olympics Chicago Offer! $10 of each ticket purchased will go directly back to Special Olympics!

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West Chicago PD – Haggerty Ford Sign & Drive Event

by mdougan.

West Chicago PD & Haggerty Ford are hosting a Sign and Drive event at Haggerty Ford. Every person 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid driver’s license and takes a test drive in one of the many Ford vehicles Haggerty Ford will have available, Ford Motor Corporation will make a $20 donation to Special Olympics Illinois on behalf of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.


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On Its 50th Anniversary, Special Olympics Returns to Chicago Roots

by Jamie Davidson.

The 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics returns to where it all started—Chicago.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, which highlights the exceptional talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities, Chicago will host a series of events and honors from July 17 to July 21 including the lighting of the Eternal Flame of Hope Monument, first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota, and the Global Day of Inclusion & Concert.

Athletes with and without intellectual disabilities from around the globe will compete at Toyota Park in Chicago during the Special Olympics Unified Cup. A total of 24 teams, male and female, with athletes from countries like Kenya, China, Korea, Mexico and Uruguay and more, will compete in the football (soccer) tournament.

This year, ESPN will broadcast final matches live on ESPN2. The tournament is a step toward more unified competitions, said Dave Breen, President and CEO of Special Olympics Illinois, adding that this year’s competitions and festivities give Illinois and Chicago a chance to show off their cultural and social highlights.

“We’re trying to create a world of inclusion and acceptance,” Breen said. “We’re really excited about showing the abilities of these athletes coming together with athletes without disabilities to play. It truly is like our World Cup.”

Runners with and without intellectual disabilities will carry the Flame of Hope torch during the four-mile LETR Commemorative Run in downtown Chicago on July 20. The commemorative torch run, led by law enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes, will conclude with the ceremonial lighting of the Eternal Flame of Hope Monument, a 30-foot monument honoring the Special Olympics designed by Chicago-born artist Richard Hunt.

“There are 110,000 [Special Olympics] competitions that go on around the world on an annual basis, so it never stops. It never sleeps. The eternal flame symbolizes that,” Breen said. “The courage, the dedication, and the sportsmanship of the athletes—that’s always burning inside of them.”

The first Special Olympics took place at Soldier Field in 1968, a pivotal year in American history.  This year at Soldier Field, Special Olympics athletes, along with their friends and families, will celebrate the Global Day of Inclusion & Concert, which calls upon cities to become more inclusive.

“We’re hoping that people will come out during the week and the weekend and get involved with some remarkable individuals that will really impact their lives [in] the future,” Breen said.

Want to help the Special Olympics make its 50th-anniversary celebration a success?

Here’s how you can volunteer