2022 Fall Festival a huge success!
Thousands of athletes, coaches, families, and friends representing all corners of Pennsylvania participated in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) 34th Fall Festival at Villanova University. The event was hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. Fall Festival brings together more than 1,200 athletes and coaches. Competition in bocce, flag football, long distance running/walking, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer, and volleyball highlight the three-day event. Weeks of hard work and dedication in training is rewarded as athletes are cheered on and supported during competition by more than 3,000 enthusiastic volunteers.
"When rooted together, we grow even better."
This year's theme highlights the value of connection and togetherness in fostering growth. Recognizing that growth takes place in collaborative spaces, and is not only an individual process. This Fall Fest, we want to celebrate any and all growth that takes place, whether that be on campus, or long after the weekend is over. Growth is not a finite process, nor does it look the same for everybody.