In late July, Special Olympics celebrated its 50th anniversary with events and concerts throughout the city of Chicago. 50 years after its birth, more than five million athletes from 172 countries are a part of the Special Olympics family. In honor of the Games’ 50th anniversary, a special unified program was held, where athletes with and without intellectual disabilities were able to participate in events together.
The Special Olympics Unified Cup took place from July 17-20. Other events included a Global Day of Inclusion, benefit concert and a torch run that raised over $4.5 million for Special Olympics. Runners came from all over Chicago, the state and the world. Participants ran to a new monument, the Eternal Flame of Hope, which symbolizes inclusion. The entire event welcomed thousands of athletes and supporters to Chicago, all for one amazing cause and an incredible theme: inclusion.