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  • Kicking off Our 50-Year Anniversary!

Kicking off Our 50-Year Anniversary!

Special Olympics kicked off our 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago! We launched into the next 50 years of the Inclusion Revolution with a week of high-level sports competition at the Unified Cup, family-friendly fun at the Torch Run and Global Day of Inclusion festival, and a star-studded concert at Northerly Island.

Celebrating 50 Years




See some of the milestone moments from the last 50 years from around the world … in just 70 seconds! We are kicking off our 50 th anniversary year – 2018-2019. Join our Inclusion Revolution!! 

Celebrating 50 Years of Unity and Empowerment

The spark that became today's Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Il., USA. 

Five decades later, we returned to Chicago to launch the year-long global Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration. 

Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Illinois and Special Children’s Charities in Chicago united to host nearly a week of exciting events that celebrated the first 50 years of Special Olympics and launched the movement into the future.

Events included the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cupa star-studded Global Day of Inclusion; a Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run; a ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Eternal Flame of Hope, which symbolized our burning passion for inclusion and justice for people with intellectual disabilities.


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“The themes of inclusion, diversity, and wellbeing are woven into the very fabric of Special Olympics. These values are also part of Coca-Cola’s brands and written on the hearts of the Coca-Cola people who bring them to life all around the world.

That’s one reason our 50-year partnership is so strong today...”

Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board
The Coca-Cola Company