The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization offers over 260 local and sectional events and four major statewide events - Winter Games, Summer Games, State Floor Hockey Tournament, and Fall Festival - in 23 sports with the opportunity for athletes to advance to regional and international competition. Be sure to read more about this year's 30th annual Fall Festival here on our website and visit www.specialolympicspa.org for more information about other SOPA events.
“Fall Festival at Villanova is an incredible example of how a community unites in respect, inclusion and love. The athletes' smiles touch so many people and the happiness and joy spread throughout campus is truly indescribable."
– Tricia Gresco, '19, Director of Human Resources
Fact: Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games in 1968. Held at Chicago's Soldier Field, the event consisted of 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada competing in track and field, swimming, and floor hockey.