What is Champions Ball?
The annual Champions Ball celebrates Special Olympics Illinois athletes, families and corporate partners and raises more than $1 million for Special Olympics Illinois programming. At the black-tie gala, attendees sport formal wear with their favorite sneakers to honor the competitive spirit of Special Olympics Illinois’ athletes. Guests bid on auction items, enjoy world class entertainment, and celebrate accomplishments of the year.
Join us for a special night in celebrating the thousands of athletes who train and compete year-round with Special Olympics Illinois.
The night is filled with special guest appearances, live and silent auctions, an after party dance and live music. Get your sneakers ready for Chicago’s most inspirational event.
For the most up-to-date event details and to purchase event tickets or sponsorships, visit our event page!
Volunteer information coming soon.
Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.