Local Resident Jim Naughton to Participate in Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration
Special Olympics was born in Chicago 50 years ago – with its very first competition held at Soldier Field. A longtime athlete and 45th Ward resident Jim Naughton has been participating for 40 years, since he was just 15 years old. For Jim, his participation in the Special Olympics has taken him to Canada and Denver, earning more than 300 medals through the years.
Chicago is not only home to the Special Olympics’ very first games, but also home to many other inspirational athletes like Jim, who participate in countless competitions each year.
Additionally, the Chicago Park District is helping to organize and host the international 50th-anniversary celebrations for Special Olympics in Chicago this summer. There will be a full week of FREE activities July 17-21, including an international soccer competition at Toyota Park, a festival at Soldier Field, and a night of concerts and entertainment at Northerly Island. More information on the 50th-anniversary celebration and how to participate is available at the Special Olympics website.