Special Olympics Invite


Over the years, I have refereed over 2000 games of various types, from U5 to NCAA, to adult travel leagues. None have given me the satisfaction as much as refereeing for the special Olympics, the pure joy of the players just playing. This year is the 50th year of the Special Olympics, and USSF has reached out to me, to get people to attend on July 20th at 4 PM at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois to be part of the audience for the World Championship Finals, which will be televised. USSF was kind enough to reach out to the AYSO referees, and VIP teams and invite them to attend with free tickets. HOWEVER, only sign up for the tickets if you ARE going to attend, again, there is no cost. Before the championship games, World Class Soccer Players will be there for autographs and to play with the teams. Please, PLEASE, pass on to your VIP teams and coaches. Here is an email I got from the Special Olympics:

Dear Tim:

As you may know, Special Olympics which began at Soldier Field on July 20, 1968 is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. With more than 5 million athletes in over 170 countries, Special Olympics has come a long way since the first Games at Soldier Field. This year, Chicago will serve as the global stage for a series of high profile events which highlights inclusion and Chicago’s leading role in this worldwide movement. These events will take place July 17-21.

I’m writing to organizations in the soccer community to ask for your help with promoting and committing to bring attendees to two very important free admission events:
• The inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota at Toyota Park which will be televised live on ESPN2 – July 20. Special guests include Didier Drogba and Hidetoshi Nakata who will play unified with other celebrities and Special Olympics athletes.
• The Global Day of Inclusion at Soldier Field – July 21
I hope that you are able to engage your members so that we can generate sizable audiences for both of these celebrations.

Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota
July 20, 2018
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Celebrity Match (4-5pm): Watch world class soccer celebrities, including Didier Drogba and Hidetoshi Nakata, play unified with Special Olympics athletes.
Championship Games (5-7pm): Watch competitive athletes – with and without intellectual disabilities – play together in the first-ever men’s and women’s Unified Cup. These games will be aired live on ESPN 2! Our goal is to fill Toyota Park which seats 20,000 so that the support Special Olympics enjoys is televised to the network’s audience.

Global Day of Inclusion
July 21, 2018 (1pm-7pm)
Soldier Field
Soldier Field, the birthplace of Special Olympics will host a massive celebration, a festival of inclusion that will serve as the spark for people around the world to commit to making their cities more inclusive. This family friendly festival will offer sports activities, interactive games, exhibits, delicious food offerings, and live entertainment. Our goal is to fill Soldier Field with more than 30,000 attendees.

Both of these events are free admission. Will you please assist us in promoting these events so that we can have large audiences and a great show of support for this amazing organization? We are able to coordinate group ticket requests if you can organize a group of supporters!

Please contact Mary Slowik, Outreach Manager at 312-527-3743(o), 312-307-8819(c) or mary.slowik@sochicago.org. If you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support. I hope to speak with you soon.


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25 year AYSO Volunteer Section 6 Referee Administrator AYSO National Referee, National Assessor, National Instructor
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