Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver at Soldier Field

Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration - Friday, April 6

The Special Olympics celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.  It all started, July 20, 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago.  What you might not know is the Special Olympics has its roots at Touch of Nature and Southern Illinois University with the pioneering work in therapeutic recreation by Dr. William Freeberg.  Freeberg was a consultant for the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation hosted by President John F. Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  With Freeberg’s help, Mrs. Shriver helped kick off the first Special Olympics and develop it into the worldwide phenomenon it is today.   

Touch of Nature is proud to host the kickoff of the Special Olympics Anniversary Celebration On Saturday, April 6.

  • 10:00 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies: Honoring the legacy of Dr. William Freeberrg.
  • 11:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm: Change the Game Day: An inclusive community event highlighting Touch of Nature and Special Olympics activities.
  • 6:00 p.m..: A Gala in the Woods: a fundraising event to support Touch of Nature and Special Olympics in Southern Illinois.

We'll have more details soon.