MedFest offers Special Olympics Programs a fast and effective way to recruit new athletes and retain existing athletes by offering free sports medical screenings. Screenings will assess blood pressure, temperature, pulse, height, weight, body mass index, vision, medical history, potential medication side effects, and general physical health.

It is sometimes the first exposure these athletes have to medical care. In many cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and subsequently treated thanks to MedFest. Led by volunteer physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and medical students, the MedFest screening consists of the following stations: medical history, height and weight, blood pressure, musculoskeletal test, orthopedic tests, abdominal evaluation, and a check out station.  EKG Technicians will administer EKG’s to athletes that have been designated by the physician completing the medical exam for further evaluation. Cardiologists will then review the EKG report to verify if further testing needs to be done by an athlete’s family physician.


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Who is eligible for medical screenings?

If you’re eligible to be a Special Olympics Athlete, then your invited to our screenings! In fact, you do not even need to be a current athlete in order to attend! If you’ve wanted to join one of our many Special Olympics teams in Philadelphia, then this is your chance to complete the medical portion of your registration! For current athletes with their medicals expiring, this is a great chance to renew your medical. Please contact Michelle Cordell to RSVP for MedFest so we can assign you an attendance time window.

Volunteer Needs

Each time we hold a MedFest, we need your help! To put on this incredible event for our athletes, Special Olympics Philadelphia requires the assistance of nearly 250 volunteers both medical and non! If you’re interested in helping conduct screenings and helping with other day of details, please check back for future MedFest information! In the past, some of the volunteer needs have been:

  • Clinical Director (see attached)
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Residents
  • Nurses
  • Learning Practical Nurse
  • Nursing/Medical Students
  • EKG Technicians
  • Cardiologists
  • Administrative Volunteers
Partnership Opportunities

Community partners are always needed for:

  • General sponsors and event funding
  • Clinical Director(s) and Medical Volunteers
  • Transportation Services (buses to and from the event for Athletes)
  • Volunteer recognition (meals and incentives)

If you are interested in becoming a partner for Special Olympics Philadelphia’s MedFest, please contact Chase Trimmer by email or call 215-671-5063 for more information.

FOR ALL general questions regarding FUTURE MedFests, please contact Chase Trimmer.