Region D Spring Games Opening Ceremony

What Is the Opening Ceremony?

Join with the Region D athletes, coaches and volunteers as we kick off a week of track and field events. Opening Ceremony at Soldier Field is a long-standing tradition with the Special Olympics Illinois program in Chicago. Dignitaries from the city show their admiration and respect for the athletes; local entertainment wows the crowd, athletes parade across the field and the program ends with the lighting of the cauldron.

Facility Information

The stands will be available for seating, bathrooms will be open, parking off of Waldron drive will be available.

Event Details

  • Volunteer check in – 8:30 AM
  • Agency/team check in- 9:30-10:00 AM
  • Ceremony begins- 10:00 AM
  • Event ends- Around 2:00 PM

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Lunch will be provided to athletes and coaches (on a 3:1) ratio.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

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 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 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.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. Each of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



May 08 2023


9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Dr. Chicago, IL 60605


Caitlin Tipre

Other Organizers

Katie McFadden
Brenden Cannon
Brenden Cannon
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