Local Program Hosts

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One Weekend, a World of Transformations

Since its inception in 2002, the Local Program Host (LPH) program has become one of the best ways freshman can become heavily involved in the Villanova community and have an immediate impact.

Through the program, the approximately 80 freshmen selected to participate will undergo a rewarding and fulfilling experience that will acclimate participants with the basic ideals and philosophy of the Special Olympics movement and create bonds with those who share similar passions for volunteerism. Inspired by the Villanova program, Special Olympics North America (SONA) has begun implementing its own adaptations of the LPH program throughout its various programs across North America.

Check back in February for updates on our new LPH Chair and Assistants!

About the LPH Committee

The LPH Committee is advised by the Director of Human Resources, Luke Allen. This year's LPH Committee is yet to be named. Check back in February to learn more about our LPH Committee.

General questions regarding the LPH program can be addressed to lph@villanovaspo.com .

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


How to Get Involved

How to Get Involved

Click here to learn about Volunteer opportunities!

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is unlike any other event at Villanova.  With great reason, athletes, volunteers, and students alike regularly remark that Fall Festival is their favorite weekend of the year.  Nothing else unites our campus with as much enthusiasm, and nothing makes Villanova as wonderful as experiencing the athletes’ excitement, sportsmanship, and joy.”

–Paul Insley, ’14
2013 Director of Competition

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.