Villanova University’s campus turned into an underwater adventure land between Friday, November 6, 2015 and Sunday, November 8, 2015 for the annual Fall Festival. The theme was Dive in as Athletes, Emerge as Champions! Our athletes dove in and with hard work and determination and our Athletes Emerged as Champions. Our athletes dominated the field/court in Soccer (5v5, 7v7, and skills), Volleyball and Bocce! We even had an athlete help clinicians during Healthy Athletes!

Preliminary competition started Friday afternoon. Based on performance, our teams were placed in their division for Saturday’s competition. Based on Saturday’s performance, our teams were then scheduled for the medal rounds held on Sunday. Between competitions, our athletes enjoyed activities at Olympic Town and/or get screened at Healthy Athletes. Beyond competition, our athletes enjoyed a dynamic Opening Ceremony with guest speaker Villanova Men’s Basketball Coach, Jay Wright, who at Opening Ceremonies told all athletes that Villanova’s house was their house for the weekend. On Saturday evening, our athletes let loose on the dance floor at the Victory Dance! The weekend concluded with Closing Ceremonies where the committee premiered their recap video (shown below – can you spot our Philly athletes?!?!?) and wished all athletes safe travels home. We can’t wait for the 2016 Fall Festival! 


Pam Galone & Raymond Anderson,  Traditional Team – 3rd Place

Kirstyn Cantres & Kevin Karcher, Traditional Team – 1st Place

Lenny Lutts Sr. & Lenny Lutts Jr.,  Unified Team – 1st Place


Stars & Stripes (5v5)  – 1st Place

Emmett Abdo, Ronald Atkins, Lisa Barbour, Edwin Ian Capacio, Allison Davidson, Eddie Glover, Jackie Lutts, Kristie Walls, Michael Weinberg, David Brent Williams

Philly Phlash (7v7) – 3rd Place

Matthew Beckman, Ryan Bogan, Daniel Charlton, Matthew Grabowski, Carl Irvis,  Angel Rodriguez, Jesse Rose, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Mitchel Stahl, Brian Stulz, Charles Zisette 

Soccer Individual Skills

Nick Uhniat- 1st Place

Kayla Atkins – 2nd Place

Marlene Johnson – 4th Place

Lafayette Charleston -4th Place

Volleyball Individual Skills

James Shelton – 3rd Place


Video recap:

via Villanova Television

Fox 29 Weekend News, Lauren Dugan Covers the Pennsylvania Special Olympics


Photos from 2015 Fall Fest: