Fall Festival 2021: Nov. 5-7

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Join us as we celebrate the 33rd Annual Fall Festival from November 5-7, 2021!

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 hundreds of athletes, coaches, and 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.

This year's theme is: "Let your colors shine through, be vibrantly you!” And, as always, there will be tons of things happening in addition to competition, including Opening Ceremonies, a parade of athletes, Healthy Athlete screenings, an Olympic Town offering games, music and fun, a Victory Dance and Closing Ceremonies.

Use the hashtags #SOPAFallFest and #NovaSpO to share your Fall Festival experiences on social media and encourage friends to join in the fun!  And, check out our Facebook Event page.

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FALL FEST AMRAP CHALLENGE:

Interested in our Virtual Fall Festival Challenge?  Please click here to learn more and check out our Fall Festival AMRAP one-pager!


VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION:

Volunteers will be required to be vaccinated and to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

NEW VOLUNTEERS:

  1. Fill out and submit the Volunteer Application
    • For the question asking “Which Local Program,” please select: State Level–Event Volunteer
    • For the question asking “Volunteer Classification,” please select: Class B
  2. Please continue onto the Online Volunteer Portal where you will be able to sign-up to volunteer for the event.
    • Select: Event Sign-Up
    • Fall Festival
    • And then just choose your desired job!
  3. Complete the Communicable Diseases Participant (Athlete and Volunteer) Risk Assessment, Code of Conduct and Waiver
    • Where the form asks for what event you are volunteering for type: FALL FESTIVAL

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS

  1. Sign back into the Online Portal to view, add or change your selected job
  2. Complete the Communicable Diseases Participant (Athlete and Volunteer) Risk Assessment, Code of Conduct and Waiver
    • Where the form asks for what event you are volunteering for type: FALL FESTIVAL

Note: If volunteering as a member of a group (employer or school), please specify on your application – Thank you!


2021 YOUNG ATHLETES FESTIVAL:

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The Fall Fest Athlete Involvement Committee and SOPA are excited to announce that there will be a virtual Young Athletes Festival on Sunday, November 7th at 10:00 AM. This Festival will have many activities to match the overall Fall Fest theme of colors!

The Young Athletes Festival is open to all children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities and their families! The purpose of this festival is for young children to virtually play with each other in hopes of learning about what SOPA has to offer when they become eligible to compete and make lifelong friends.

All Young Athletes and their families may register themselves right here. Please contact Jordan Schubert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any additional questions about this event or Young Athletes in general.