The Civic Towers and Civic Centre buildings were lit up in red on Friday, 20 July 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics. Alongside 225 iconic landmarks across the world, these buildings glowed red to raise awareness for the need for inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities to participate in sports and to honour special Olympians across the globe.
Other structures illumined on Friday were the Empire State Building (New York), African Renaissance Monument (Dakar), Yas Hotel (Abu Dhabi), Prudential Building (Chicago), Sydney Opera House (Sydney), Citadel (Amman), Angel of Independence (New Mexico), Lotte World Tower (Seoul), Nelson Mandela Square (Johannesburg), The London Eye (London), Niagara Falls amongst others.
Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics is a global movement of people/community where every single person is accepted and welcomed regardless of ability or disability. Its 50th anniversary was marked this July in Chicago, USA and several events were lined up for the week-long festivity. One of these was the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Cup featuring 24 teams (8 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams) comprising of people with and without intellectual disabilities from around the globe – hence the theme, Unified.
The event was a global demonstration of tolerance, respect, and celebration of differences.
Some of the iconic structures around the world lit up in red for the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary