Volunteer to be a part of the Awards team and help celebrate the athletes accomplishments! Awards volunteers help with checking in the athletes and their coaches and help with ushering, staging, and organizing medals during the ceremony. It is a great way to be involved during the weekend and a great way to commend the athletes for all the amazing things they do.
Competition volunteers cheer on the athletes, keep score and time, act as flag/line judges, and fulfill any necessary sport-specific roles. The six competition sports include:
- Long Distance Running/Walking (LDR/W)
Being a part of the Evaluations Team is a unique and extremely worthwhile position. Volunteers will have the ability to experience all of Fall Fest and gather constructive feedback to help better the mission of Special Olympics at Villanova! In addition, volunteers will be able to interact with athletes, other volunteers, and coaches throughout the weekend.
Evaluations volunteers have a separate volunteer registration form, which can be found here!
Fans in the Stands
Our new “Fans in the Stands” program creates an upbeat, inclusive atmosphere for both Special Olympics athletes and volunteers. By making signs, clapping, and cheering at one of the six venues, you will help keep the athletes energized during their competitions. Being a “Fan in the Stands” is an incredible opportunity to get involved and share in the athletes' spirit of competition.
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!
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 and Sunday of Fall Festival. In addition to the health examinations that will be conducted at Fall Fest at Villanova, Healthy Athletes sponsors a Healthy Habits fair which provides information on sun safety, hydration, nutrition, bone health, and physical activity. Lastly, we have an Active Athletes component which organizes group fitness classes.
Media & Publicty
Media & Publicity has an exciting new volunteer opportunity this year at Fall Festival. We will 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!
*Note: a Media & Publicity volunteer must bring their own camera!
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!
Transportation volunteers will have the exciting opportunity to welcome in the athletes, their families, and all volunteers to Fall Festival! Our volunteers will work as parking/hype crew wherein they will organize vehicles in various parking lots around campus and creating spirit lines. If you are interested in blasting music, dancing your heart out, and create a positive first impression of Fall Festival for all in attendance, Transportation volunteering is the role for you! We will segment volunteers in 1 hour blocks so volunteers will have more than enough time to volunteer with other aspects of the weekend!
New to Villanova Special Olympics Fall Festival this year will be a Unified Sports Flag Football Competitiion. We will need your help in either participating in competition alongside Special Olympics athletes, as well as collaborating with committee members to run or supervise the competition during Fall Festival! Consider volunteering and being a pioneer for this incredible program! In the comments section on the registration form, please specify either "Unified Partner" to be allocated as an actual athlete for the competition, or "Unified Volunteer" to assist with other portions of the competition!