Special Olympics

We look forward to seeing you on the weekend of November 2-4, 2018 to support the Special Olympics Fall Festival!

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization offers over 260 local and sectional events and four major statewide events - Winter Games, Summer Games, State Floor Hockey Tournament, and Fall Festival - in 23 sports with the opportunity for athletes to advance to regional and international competition. Be sure to read more about this year's 30th annual Fall Festival here on our website and visit www.specialolympicspa.org for more information about other SOPA events.

Learn about our Volunteer Opportunities!

Fall Festival at Villanova is an incredible example of how a community unites in respect, inclusion and love. The athletes' smiles touch so many people and the happiness and joy spread throughout campus is truly indescribable." 

– Tricia Gresco, '19, Director of Human Resources

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.

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CONTACT US

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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 Fall Festival!

Would you like to support Special Olympics Fall Festival at Villanova to make 2018 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