The Special Olympics Celebrates its 50th Anniversary in Chicago - Where it Began

Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
In this photo provided by Special Olympics Unified Cup, Soccer players celebrate during the first day of an inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup soccer game in Chicago, Ill., Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Special Olympics hits 50-year mark of providing people with intellectual disabilities a platform to shine. The organization is celebrating its anniversary in Chicago, where Eunice Kennedy Shriver helped organize the first games. Kamil Krzaczynski, Special Olympics Unified Cup / AP
Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
In this photo provided by Special Olympics Unified Cup, Soccer players celebrate during the first day of an inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup soccer game in Chicago, Ill., Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Special Olympics hits 50-year mark of providing people with intellectual disabilities a platform to shine. The organization is celebrating its anniversary in Chicago, where Eunice Kennedy Shriver helped organize the first games. Kamil Krzaczynski, Special Olympics Unified Cup / AP

The Special Olympics Celebrates its 50th Anniversary in Chicago - Where it Began

Fifty years ago today, Eunice Kennedy Shriver officially commenced the first Special Olympics in Chicago. Its 50th anniversary is also being commemorated, this weekend, in Chicago. We’ll hear Mrs. Shriver’s 1968 opening speech at Soldier Field. We’ll also hear her son, current Special Olympics head, Timothy Shriver, talk about a memorable moment from the 1968 games. We’ll also hear an excerpt from the original documentary on the 1968 games, “A Dream to Grow On”.