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Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to be a Local Program Host?
- Can I apply to be an LPH while also being a member of Inclusion Crew?
- What will I do as an LPH?
- What will I NOT do as an LPH?
- Do I need prior experience working with people with special needs?
- What does the LPH committee expect of this year's Local Program Hosts?
- What is the application like?
The LPH program is open to all full-time freshmen students entering their first semester in the fall of 2019.
Yes! Inclusion Crew consists of Villanova students who are committed to the Special Olympics Mission of Inclusion, and are passionate about becoming more involved with all aspects of Villanova’s Special Olympics Organization and Fall Festival weekend. The LPH program serves as a component of the Inclusion Crew, so any freshman who are interested are able to apply!
Local Program Hosts are responsible for being liaisons between the Special Olympics Committee and the county participants to which each LPH is assigned. LPHs spend the weekend of Fall Festival (Nov. 1st - Nov. 3rd 2019) getting to know athletes, cheering them on during competitions, creating posters & cheers to support them, and setting an overall positive and exuberant tone for the weekend!
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!
Absolutely not! During our weekly meetings throughout the LPH training program, all questions and concerns will be addressed, and no prior experience is required. The various workshops, seminars, and guest speakers coordinated by the LPH committee, will generate a dynamic dialogue that aims to provide all of the preparation and experience that an LPH would need.
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 and be present for the entire Fall Festival from 2 p.m. on Friday, November 1st, 2019 until 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019. 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!
Anyone interested in becoming an LPH can initiate the application process by completing and submitting the written application. The 2019 LPH Application will be released at 9:00 am on Friday, September 13th, and due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 19th. After submitting the application, make sure to sign up for an interview by selecting any of the available interview time slots. Each applicant will have the opportunity to complete an in-person interview with members of the LPH committee and Management Team, and decisions will be released upon at the completion of all interviews.
To gain a better understanding of what the LPH Program is all about, check out this video and feel free to email the LPH Committee at email@example.com.