Committee Positions & Descriptions

Administration | Competition | Human Resources | Special Events | Support Services

Administration

Awareness (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for promoting causes related to the Special Olympics mission.  Also manages all signage for the event.

Computers & Registration (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for all aspects of computer operations, including the website and Games Management System (GMS), and coordinating athlete registration.

Evaluations (Chairperson & Assistant)
Coordinates all logistics for the Evaluations team.  Must ensure that a thorough, professional evaluation takes place in order to enhance future Festivals.

Finance (Chairperson & Assistant)
Responsible for keeping records of all revenues and expenses, as well as purchase orders, in-kind donations, and sales of SOPA merchandise.

Housing (Chairperson & 3 Assistants)
Responsible for meeting the accommodation needs of those involved with the Festival.  Maintains contact and working relationship with local hotel representatives.

Special Projects (Chairperson & Assistant)
Responsible for coordinating the Young Athletes Program, as well as working as a liason for all athlete interactions with Committee.

Competition

Bocce (Chairperson & Assistant)
Responsible for all venue operations including scheduling competition, referees, divisioning, etc.  Recommended to have a good working knowledge of the sport and rules through prior participation, coaching, and/or management.

Long Distance Running (Chairperson & Assistant)
Responsible for all venue operations including scheduling competition, referees, divisioning, etc.  Recommended to have a good working knowledge of the sport and rules through prior participation, coaching, and/or management.

Power Lifting (Chairperson & Assistant)
Responsible for all venue operations including scheduling competition, referees, divisioning, etc.  Recommended to have a good working knowledge of the sport and rules through prior participation, coaching, and/or management.

Roller Skating (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)

Responsible for all venue operations including scheduling competition, referees, divisioning, etc. Recommended to be interested in the sport and enthusiastic to learn about this competition. (Roller Skating is held at an off-campus venue)

Soccer (Chairperson & 4 Assistants)
Responsible for all venue operations including scheduling competition, referees, divisioning, etc.  Recommended to have a good working knowledge of the sport and rules through prior participation, coaching, and/or management.

Volleyball (Chairperson & 3 Assistants)
Responsible for all venue operations including scheduling competition, referees, divisioning, etc.  Recommended to have a good working knowledge of the sport and rules through prior participation, coaching, and/or management.

Human Resources

Local Program Hosts (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for selecting and overseeing approximately 70 Villanova freshmen that will act as liasons between the counties and Villanova University during the weekend.

Off Campus Volunteers (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for the coordination, recruitment, training, and allotment of all off-campus volunteers needed for the competition.

On Campus Volunteers (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for the coordination, recruitment, training, and allotment of all on-campus volunteers needed for the competition.

VIP/Hospitality (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for meeting the hospitality needs of the athletes, coaches, and families; also coordinates all events for athlete families and VIPs. Involved in obtaining sponsorships and in-kind donations.

Media/Publicity (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)

Responsible for the on-campus distribution of information related to the event, as well as on-campus promotional and advertising efforts for the event.  Also responsible for maintaining contact with the SOPA Communications liaison and assisting in SOPA's public relations efforts as needed.

Volunteer Coordinator (1 Chair & 2 Assistants)

Responsible for selecting and training a group of Villanova students that lead and oversee volunteers at all competition and awards venues. The Volunteer Coordinators work closely with members of Competition and Awards.

Special Events

Awards (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for distributing all awards to athletes during the event and coordinating all awards presentations.

Ceremonies (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Responsible for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies held during the event.

Entertainment (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Organizes all entertainment functions including Olympic Town, the Victory Dance, and dining hall performances.

Fundraising (Chairperson & 3 Assistants)
Responsible for coordination of fundraising for Fall Festival. Also sets up STRIDES 5K charity race and develops additional fundraising events.

Healthy Athletes (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
In charge of the Healthy Athletes Clinics and respective clinicians that provide free screening and testing for the athletes.

Support Services

Facilities (Chairperson & 3 Assistants)
Responsible for the organization and delivery of all equipment and the set-up and break-down of all venues.

Food (Chairperson & 3 Assistants)
Responsible for obtaining sponsorships for snacks and coordinating efforts with Villanova Dining Services for on-campus meals.

Medical (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Coordinates all medical and first-aid related efforts for the event.

Security (Chairperson & 2 Assistants)
Coordinates all communications equipment and security personnel needed for the event.

Transportation (Chairperson & 1 Assistant)
Responsible for all transportation needs associated with the event, most notably golf carts and vans.

Contact Us

Special Olympics Office
215 Dougherty Hall
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-7244
Email: For non-Villanova volunteer related questions, please email offcampusvols@villanovaspo.com

For all other inquiries contact info@villanovaspo.com

Support the Fall Festival!

Would you like to support Special Olympics Fall Festival at Villanova to make 2014 the best competition yet? Check out our volunteer page, or Donate Here.

"Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
— Athlete Oath

Did You Know...?

Did You Know...?

Fact:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games in 1968. Held at Chicago's Soldier Field, the event consisted of 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada competing in track and field, swimming, and floor hockey.