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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."

Fall Fest Cover Image


Fall Festival 2017 Recap!


Check Out Some of Our Event Media Coverage & Articles:

Delaware County Daily Times (Media Partner)

The Villanovan

NBC 10

The Reading Eagle

Borden's Blog

Villanova Athletics

Salus University

 2017 Fall Festival Achievement Award of Valor

2126Award of Valor recipient, Ronald Smith from Clinton County, pictured above with Special Olympics PA Marketing Communications Manager Wenona Sutton.

The Fall Festival Achievement Award, presented by Philadelphia Insurance, was awarded to Ronald Smith from Clinton County. The Award recognizes an athlete who may not necessarily win a medal at the Festival, but their effort, determination and sportsmanship is award-winning and inspirational. During the Fall Festival Victory Dance, we recognized the power of the human spirit to overcome challenges and to inspire greatness.

Ronald has been a part of Special Olympics Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. He has played not only volleyball (his Fall Festival sport) but softball and floor hockey as well.

He is a great asset to his local program and knows his sports inside and out. Ronald takes the lead in helping younger athletes that have joined his team to work on their sports skills; and, he also does wonders to make them feel welcomed.

Our award recipient is dedicated to his team, has been known to leave work early to make practices, and takes time out of his evenings to participate in meetings as his program’s Athlete Representative – – voicing concerns on behalf of his fellow athletes.

If anyone ever needs a smile, Ronald is the guy to go to because he always has a joke to tell. Congratulations!