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Join us as we celebrate the 30th Annual Fall Festival this November 2 - 4!

The Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. For one weekend each year, Villanova University opens its campus up to over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, and 6,000 volunteers from the Villanova Student Body, surrounding community, and corporations. The athletes who participate in the Fall Festival compete in a total of six Olympic-type sports including bocce, long distance running, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball.

Use the hashtags #SOPAFallFest and #NovaSpO to share your Fall Festival experiences on social media!  Check out our Facebook event page.

This year’s theme is: "Once Upon a Fall Fest: A Story of Bravery." In addition to sports competition, Villanova’s campus will be transformed into an athlete’s wonderland, incorporating Opening Ceremonies, a parade of athletes, Healthy Athlete screenings, an Olympic Town offering games, music and fun, a Victory Dance and Closing Ceremonies.

Spectators are encouraged to visit any of the competition venues on or near campus, volunteer or become a "Fan in the Stand."

2018 Fall Festival Coaches Handbook

Volunteer With Us

Interested in volunteering?  Follow the below steps!

Step 1:

Submit Volunteer Registration.

  1. Please answer the following questions:
  • Which Local Program? – Select: State Level–Event Volunteer
  • Volunteer Classification? – Select: Class B

Step 2:

Upon completion of Volunteer Registration, continue onto the Online Volunteer Portal.

  1. Please select the following:
  • Event Sign-Up
  • Name of Event (Fall Festival) within Project
  • Sign up for your desired job

Be sure to check our website frequently and specialolympics.villanova.edu to learn more about this and other events!