Villanova Special Olympics
Inclusion Crew is a great way to get involved with Special Olympics on campus!! Please sign up for 1 "cube" which will be a small group of people that you can become friends with leading up to Fall Fest. Can't wait to see you all make friends and spread inclusion all around! Below are the desciptions of some of the cubes:
Young Athletes Program: YAP focuses on children ages 2-7 (both with and without different abilities) to introduce basic sports skills while in a playful and inclusive environment! YAP IC members can expect to help by running different stations that practice a different skill (such as running, kicking, throwing, etc.) throughout the time allotted for the program. We will also need help attending to an arts and crafts table/a face-painting station! Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take the Young Athletes and their families through O-Town and to Healthy Athletes, allowing participants to really experience Fall Fest and welcome them to the world of Special Olympics.
Awards: Volunteer to be a part of the Awards team and help celebrate the athletes’ accomplishments! Awards volunteers help with checking in the Athletes and their coaches and help with ushering, staging, and organizing medals during the ceremony. It is a great way to be involved during the weekend and a great way to commend the athletes for all the amazing things they do.
Competition: Competition volunteers cheer on the athletes, keep score and time, act as flag/line judges, and fulfill any necessary sport-specific roles. The six competition sports include: Bocce, Long Distance Running/Walking (LDR/W), Powerlifting, Rollerskating, Soccer, Flag Football (New this year!!) and Volleyball.
Support Services: Support Services are the backbone of Fall Festival! This team ensures that athletes have the facilities and resources to succeed. For example, Support Services includes Food and Transportation. Each year, we provide food to over 1,500 athletes and guests. Volunteers may serve food or check credentials at the entrance of the dining halls. This is a great opportunity to interact with athletes outside of competition. Transportation volunteers welcome athletes, their families, and all volunteers to Fall Festival! IC members will work as parking/hype crew wherein they will organize vehicles in various parking lots around campus and create spirit lines. If you are interested in blasting music, dancing your heart out, and creating a positive first impression of Fall Festival for all in attendance, Support Services volunteering is the role for you!
DEI/Evaluations: This small group allows you to be part of DEI and Evaluations volunteering during the weekend. DEI stands for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Being a part of this cube would allow you to become an expert in disability rhetoric and support a DEI based activity for athletes and volunteers during the weekend (For example, last year DEI members helped lead a scavenger hunt for participants). Evaluations volunteers roam the venues and events of Fall Festival gathering feedback from athletes, volunteers, coaches, and spectators using a book of questions that we provide. This is a great way to see all different aspects of Fall Fest and interact with athletes!
Ceremonies: These IC members support planning/preparation for Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Planning/ Preparation may include directing fellow volunteers, creating decorations, recruiting on/off-campus performers, and more! This is a wonderful opportunity to kick off and conclude Fall Fest together. Opening Ceremonies takes place on Friday night, and Closing Ceremonies takes place on Sunday afternoon.
Entertainment: IC members would take a part in preparing and running all aspects of Olympics Town. They may help to choose decorations, and create a large banner for O-town. Also, they would help bring the energy at Saturday night’s Victory Dance!
Healthy Athletes: Since officially launching in 1997 as a Special Olympics program, Healthy Athletes has grown to provide a multitude of health screenings for Special Olympics athletes. Healthy Athletes strives to improve athletes' ability to train and compete in Special Olympics competitions. Healthy Athletes volunteers help to run a health clinic on Saturday and Sunday of Fall Festival. In addition to the health examinations that will be conducted at Fall Fest at Villanova, Healthy Athletes sponsors a Healthy Habits fair which provides information on sun safety, hydration, nutrition, bone health, and physical activity. Lastly, we have an Active Athletes component which organizes group fitness classes.
Media & Publicity: Media & Publicity has an exciting volunteer opportunity at Fall Festival! We need volunteers to take pictures of athletes at their competitions. We also are looking for volunteers to act as sideline reporters at competition venues, feeding us real-time updates and video highlights to post on our social media platforms. This is a great opportunity to interact with the athletes and see some competition! We do ask that cube members joining this cube have a camera.
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