Special Olympics Fall Festival
Villanova University is the official host of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania fall state games, also known as the Fall Festival, one of four statewide Special Olympics events. During the first weekend in November, the campus plays host to more than 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, 4,000 volunteers, and the many corporate sponsors and media outlets that provide coverage for the event.
What makes this event unique is the fact it is organized by a Special Olympics Committee composed solely of Villanova University students. In fact, the Fall Festival is the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world!
Nearly 100 dedicated students work year-round to organize every aspect of the Festival, from staging ceremonies to managing the budget and coordinating thousands of volunteers. Members are chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants who all share a dedication and love for Special Olympics and its athletes.
The University has hosted Special Olympics events for more than 30 years and has hosted the Fall Festival annually since 1989. For its dedication to Special Olympics, Villanova University has received numerous honors and recognitions. In 2009, the University was inducted into the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.