Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival! Please make sure to read through the various opportunities that are available to you as a volunteer. We will do our best to accommodate every volunteering request on a first come, first serve basis.

General Volunteer Opportunities

For Villanova students please contact our On-Campus Volunteers committee at oncampusvols@villanovaspo.com with any questions.

For all Villanova faculty/staff/other volunteers, please contact our Off-Campus Volunteers committee at offcampusvols@villanovaspo.com.

Healthy Athletes

Since officially launching in 1997 as a Special Olympics program, Healthy Athletes has grown to provide a multitude of health screenings for Special Olympics athletes.  Healthy Athletes strives to improve athletes' ability to train and compete in Special Olympics competitions. Healthy Athletes volunteers help to run a health clinic on Saturday of Fall Festival.

Media and Publicty

Media and Publicity has an exciting new volunteer opportunity this year at Fall Festival. We will be holding press conferences for the athletes throughout the weekend, and need volunteers to act as reporters, paparazzi, and fans. We also are looking for volunteers to act as sideline reporters at competition venues, feeding us real-time updates and video highlights to post on our social media platforms, as well as take pictures of athletes at their competitions. This is a great opportunity to intereact with the athletes and see some great competition! We can't wait to have you!


Competition volunteers cheer on the athletes, keep score and time, act as flag/line judges, and fulfill any necessary sport-specific roles.


Special Olympics is looking for Security volunteers who are dependable and flexible with time and duties. CPR certification is preferable. Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring competition for unsafe situations and work closely with Medical volunteers to ensure the safety and well-being of all athletes. Volunteers looking for a fun enjoyable atmosphere coupled with rewarding service should not miss out on this opportunity!


Food is an integral part of Fall Festival. Each year, we provide food to over 1,500 athletes and guests. Some of the possible volunteering options include serving food and checking credentials at the entrance of the dining halls. This is a great opportunity to interact with the athletes outside of competition. Join the food crew!

Special Volunteer Opportunities

Our Special Volunteer Opportunities are tailored to the needs of unique populations and/or require specialized skills to volunteer.  Please read this information carefully and contact the appropriate committee for more information.


The medical volunteer plays an important role in ensuring the safety of the athletes at the Fall Festival.  Medical volunteers are stationed at competition venues, dining halls, and Olympic Town, and are responsible for attending to minor injuries an athlete sustains, which typically includes administering bandages and ice packs for cuts or bruises.  Medical volunteers also are expected to notify the medical committee via radio of any incidents of major injury so that EMS support can be dispatched.  Medical volunteers are required to be CPR certified.


Housing needs 80-100 volunteers over the course of the weekend.  We need two types of volunteers for all of the hotels on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night: medical and security. Security volunteers will conduct patrols throughout the night and ensure that the athletes are safe, while medical volunteers are expected to be CPR and First Aid certified.  Volunteers will get free rooming, snacks, and a volunteer t-shirt as well as transportation to and from their hotels. Also, volunteers can commit to one, two, or all three nights. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the Fall Festival and spend a fun night off campus at a hotel with friends!

The following volunteer opportunities are open to Villanova students only and required an application process.

Local Program Hosts (LPH)

Exclusively for Villanova freshmen, this program provides 80 selected students an extensive experience with the Villanova Special Olympics program. LPHs are assigned to a specific county for Fall Festival weekend.  The LPHs cheer on the athletes, eat meals with teams, and serve as ambassadors for Villanova.

LPHs attend weekly Tuesday night meetings from September to the Fall Festival. The meetings are designed to bond the LPHs as well as educate them about the mission and ideals of Special Olympics. The LPH program originated at Villanova University and, due to its success, has now been adopted by Special Olympics on a national level.

Again, this is a freshman-only opportunity!  Click here to learn more about the LPH program.

Volunteer Coordinators (VC)

This position is a unique volunteer opportunity available to rising sophomore, junior, and senior students who wish to dedicate more than just one weekend of their time to the Fall Festival.  Volunteer Coordinators become  involved in planning the festival, serving as a bridge between the student Committee and thousands of volunteers.

Approximately 35 students will help various competition venues throughout the weekend by coordinating volunteers and ensuring that the competitions run smoothly.  The selection process takes place in early September, with weekly meetings on Thursday nights at 7:30. The weekly meetings are used to prepare VCs for their specific roles during the festival. 

Please contact volunteercoordinator@villanovaspo.com with any questions.


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Contact Us

Contact Us

Special Olympics Office
215 Dougherty Hall
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
Email: For Villanova students volunteering opportunties, please contact Oncampusvols@villanovaspo.com
For those coming from off campus, please contact Offcampusvols@villanovaspo.com

Support the Fall Festival!

Would you like to support Special Olympics Fall Festival at Villanova to make 2016 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