50th Commemorative Run Stories

Commemorative Run Media Page


 

Social Media Toolkit

Social media will play a vital role in helping promote our LETR Commemorative Torch Run event on Friday, July 20th.  We want to make sure our Law Enforcement Torch Run family and supporters understand how to best utilize these platforms.  We have created the following items to help you join in the conversation!


LETR Commemorative Run Volunteers


 

Be Part of the Celebration

Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Illinois and Special Children’s Charities/Special Olympics Chicago are uniting to host nearly a week of exciting events to celebrate the first 50 years of Special Olympics and to launch the movement into the future.

Events planned for July 2018 in Chicago include:

  • First-Ever Special Olympics Unified Cup
  • Global Day of Inclusion
  • Commemorative Torch Run
  • Concert

LETR Volunteers Needed

Law Enforcement officers are needed to assist with the LETR Commemorative Torch Run the morning of Friday, July 20th.  Please note that individuals registered to volunteer will not be able to participate in the Commemorative Torch Run but will still serve a vital role in the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Volunteer spots for the Commemorative Torch Run are reserved for Law Enforcement Torch Run members only. To register to help, click here.

If you plan on running and would like to register to help during another 50th Anniversary activity or if you are not part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, click here.

Color Guard Volunteers

We have received multiple questions regarding Color Guard involvement during the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Unfortunately, we are not in need of additional assistance in this area.


Other LETR 50th Activities


 

Other LETR 50th Activities

Be Part of the Celebration

Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Illinois and Special Children’s Charities/Special Olympics Chicago are uniting to host nearly a week of exciting events to celebrate the first 50 years of Special Olympics and to launch the movement into the future.

Events planned for July 2018 in Chicago include:

  • First-Ever Special Olympics Unified Cup – Be sure to join us for the Unified Cup Championship matches at Toyota Park on Friday, July 20. Click here to get your FREE tickets!
  • Global Day of Inclusion – On July 21, Special Olympics invites you to return to Solider Field – the birthplace of the movement – to celebrate the Global Day of Inclusion! This FREE festival will offer sports, interactive games, exhibits, delicious food offerings and live entertainment!
  • Commemorative Torch Run – Join Law Enforcement personnel, Special Olympics athletes and general supporters as we carry the Flame of Hope through Chicago to the Eternal Flame Ceremony at Soldier Field.
  • Global day of Inclusion Concert – Social Function Productions, Chance the Rapper’s production company and Special Olympics have partnered to produce the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert featuring headline performances by Chance the Rapper and musical performances by Usher, Francis & the Lights, Smokey Robinson, Daya, Jason Mraz and O.A.R. Click here to purchase your tickets and be part of this historic celebration.
  • For more information on these other opportunities please visit specialolympics50.org

Transportation & Parking


 

Transportation & Parking

Hotel Shuttles

Special Olympics will be offering shuttles from the Hyatt Regency Chicago to Solider Field the morning of the Commemorative Torch Run.  Shuttles will begin at the Hyatt Regency at 7 a.m. on July 20 and will continue until 11 a.m.

Return shuttles will be available from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Day of Parking Information

Commemorative Run participants are welcome to park at the Waldron Parking Deck the morning of the Commemorative Run. Parking is free and will be available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Commemorative Run participants ONLY.

All vehicles must be removed from the Waldron Parking Deck by 2 p.m. If you will need to leave your car beyond that time, please use the Solider Field North Garage.