Fundraising

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is the annual state-wide competition for Special Olympics Pennsylvania that is hosted by Villanova University. Villanova welcomes over 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities to campus.  Areas of competition include bocce, long distance running/walking, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer, and volleyball.  Come to the Pavilion Friday evening for the inspiring Opening Ceremonies, and be sure to visit the Quad on Saturday and Sunday, as it is transformed into Olympic Town - a street festival of entertainment for the athletes and families.

The weekend costs several hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce.  Your donation to Strides helps to enable us to continue offering all competition and other opportunities free of charge to the athletes and their families, which allows everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field.  Thanks for your kindness and generosity!

Fundraising is an integral part of the Fall Festival. The Villanova Special Olympics Committee takes pride in being able to not only offer a great venue for athlete competition, but also a memorable weekend of fun and camaraderie. Our Opening Ceremonies, Olympic Town, Victory Dance, and other entertainment has made Villanova's Fall Festival a favorite for athletes, volunteers, and coaches alike. However, none of these activities or competitions would be possible without the support of fans like you.

It's easy to pitch in and do your part: donate today,  or register for Strides in the Fall - our annual 5k race, or check out our other fundraising events.

For more information, contact our Fundraising committee at fundraising@villanovaspo.com.

Thank you for your continued support of 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


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.