50th Anniversary Special Olympics

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Special Olympics 50th Anniversary –  The spark that became today’s Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Il., USA.  With more than 5 million athletes in over 170 countries, Special Olympics has come a long way since the first Games at Soldier Field, Chicago in 1968. Special Olympics’ first ever  Special Olympics Unified Cup, presented by Toyota, will be the ‘World Cup’! This inaugural contest in July will feature 24 men’s and women’s Unified teams from around the world. As the home of the first ever Special Olympics Games, there is no city more fitting than Chicago to serve as the global stage for celebrating the 50th Anniversary year.  Come out for the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago 17-21 July!    Get your FREE tickets today!

Special Olympics Illinois Spring Games

Did you know that the Knights of Columbus have been an Official Partner of the Special Olympics Illinois since 2005, and have been one of the biggest supporters ever since? They are dedicated to the athletes, families, and mission of Special Olympics locally and nationally. They give their time, their money and their dedication to the movement.

The Knights of Columbus have been a Gold Medal Sponsor at the local, state and national level. Since 1968, the Knights of Columbus nationally has raised and donated more than $600 million to programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities – Special Olympics ranks among the larger gifts the Order makes annually of time and money.

On Sunday, April 22nd, Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 (Northwest Suburban Chicago) held its’ Annual Spring Games-Track and Field Competition. The Area 18 Spring Games consists of over 700 athletes, 1200 volunteers, and nearly 3000 spectators.  It was held at Prospect High School Campus.  Winners from this event will join other Knights of Columbus Special Olympic area winners at Soldier Field during the summer.  They will then compete for the State Championship.

Fourth Degree Knights from Bishop Bernard J. Sheil Assembly #2330, which included Mary’s Millennium, was proud to be part of the Opening Ceremony with the presentation of the Colors.  SK Richard Zych represented our council in the honor guard. Here are some pictures from that day.