Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be a Local Program Host?

The LPH program is open to all full-time freshmen students entering their first semester in the fall of 2015.

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What will I do as an LPH?

Local Program Hosts are responsible for being a liaison between the Special Olympics Committee and the county participants to which the LPH is assigned.  You will spend your weekend getting to know your athletes, cheering them on during competition, creating posters & cheers to support them, and setting an overall positive and exuberant tone for the weekend!

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What will I NOT do as an LPH?

You will not be asked to provide medical attention or other professional services for the athletes or coaches, nor will you be expected to manage any of the responsibilities of the Committee.  Your main goal is to create a personal and positive experience for every athlete at the Festival! 

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Do I need prior experience working with people with special needs?

Absolutely not! Through our LPH training program, all questions, concerns, and "fears" are addressed, and absolutely no experience is required. The various workshops. seminars, and interactions planned by the LPH committee will generate a dynamic dialogue that will provide all the "experience" an LPH needs.

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What does the LPH committee expect of this year's Local Program Hosts?

LPHs are expected to be present throughout the entire Fall Festival, with the focus of the LPH experience centered around cheering and supporting their county's athletes and developing personal interactions and relationships with these athletes and coaches.  You should be available for all LPH committee meetings, held at 7:30 PM every Tuesday in the East Lounge from the end of September until the Fall Festival, and be present for the entire Fall Festival from 2 p.m. on Friday, November 6th until 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 8th.  You should also demonstrate a willingness to interact with your fellow LPHs, learn more about the Special Olympics movement, and conduct yourself with an open mind and a great attitude!!!

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About the LPH Committee

The LPH Committee is advised by the Director of Human Resources, Elise Keale. This year's LPH Committee is Thomas Rodriguez, Carl Sonnenschein and Katy Funabashi. They look forward to meeting lots of applicants from the Class of 2019! 


Applications are now available.  They must be turned in to Dougherty 214 no later than Friday, September 4th at 2:00pm. 

General questions regarding the LPH program can be addressed to .

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

For all other inquiries contact

Support the Fall Festival!

Would you like to support Special Olympics Fall Festival at Villanova to make 2015 the best competition yet? Check out our volunteer page, or Donate Here.

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