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The Fall 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 2,000 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, power-lifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball.  However, sporting events are just a small component of the overall weekend.  Villanova’s campus is transformed into an athlete’s wonderland, incorporating Opening Ceremonies; a parade; Healthy Athlete screenings; an Olympic Town offering face painting, food and fun; a Victory Dance; and Closing Ceremonies.  There is no charge to participate in the Fall Festival or in any other Special Olympics event.  All housing and meals for the weekend are provided by Villanova University and Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

The event requires 2,000 volunteers from the Villanova University student body, corporate organizations and the surrounding community.

Spectators are encouraged to visit any of the competition venues on or near campus and cheer on athletes at Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s second largest event of the year.

Fall Festival will be held from November 10 -12, 2017.  


View Our Fall Festival Press Release


2017 Fall Festival Registration Information & Forms:


Special Thanks to Our 2017 Fall Festival Sponsors

FF 2017 Tshirt Back Final v2

2016 Fall Fest Recap

SCheck out the awesome video Villanova Television created to capture the weekend’s thrill of competition and joy of victory.

Check Out Fall Fest 2016 Photos Courtesy ofSpecial Olympics Villanova (SpO)

2016 Philadelphia Insurance Award of Valor

Philly Insurance Award

Pictured above is our Philadelphia Insurance Award winner Julia Booz  (at center) with her brother Ryan, father Skip, mother Kim and Coach Monica Lepore.

The Fall Festival Achievement Award, presented by Philadelphia Insurance, recognizes the athlete who may not necessarily win a medal at the Festival, but their effort, determination and sportsmanship is award-winning and inspirational. Each year, we recognize the power of the human spirit to overcome challenges and to inspire greatness. This year’s award was presented to Julia Booz from Chester County.

Julia was one of the 9 founding members of her local program’s soccer team, and is now competing in her 7th season. Even though she lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she perseveres through many changes in her schedule with bravery. Her determination to always “do the right thing” makes her a leader and role model for her other 25 teammates. She enjoys saying the Special Olympics Athlete Oath, doing warm-ups, and playing in games and scrimmages.

Julia always encourages others and is a pleasure to coach. She is an inspiration to all due to her hard work, determination and positive demeanor.