Fall Festival 2019
Congratulation to the athletes, volunteers and members of the Villanova University community that participated in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) 31st Annual Fall Festival, the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world. The event hosted approximately 1,200 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners representing 43 SOPA programs from Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd. More than 3,000 volunteers were onsite throughout the weekend.
The Games officially kicked off at Villanova University with Opening Ceremonies in the William B. Finneran Pavilion with special guests: Villanova Basketball Coach Jay Wright, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and SOPA’s newest Celebrity Ambassador, Alex Singleton, and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Joe Ostman. The Ceremonies also featured a Unified Basketball skills competition and game between Special Olympics Athletes and the Villanova Wildcats.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania athlete Israel Scialabba (Beaver County) hit the game-winning shot in overtime of the Unified basketball game with the Villanova Wildcats!
Throughout the weekend SOPA athletes competed in Roller Skating, Soccer, Volleyball, Bocce, Long Distance Running, and Powerlifting. Additionally, the weekend offered Healthy Habits interactive education stations; Healthy Athletes® non-invasive clinical screenings; Young Athletes activities; an “Olympic Town” providing athlete activities in-between sporting events; a Victory Dance; and Closing Ceremonies.