Haverford Student-Athletes Volunteeer at 2017 Special Olympics Fall Festival

Men's tennis pictured at the Villanova Special Olympics event
Men's tennis pictured at the Villanova Special Olympics event

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Haverford College Athletic Department had 100 percent participation from each of its 23 varsity programs as the College's student-athletes volunteered at the 2017 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival hosted by Villanova University over the weekend. Typically held the weekend of the Centennial Conference Championships, all teams were able to represent Haverford this year.

An annual tradition of community service for Haverford Athletics, Villanova's festival is one of four statewide Special Olympics events. The event has evolved into the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world. Over 200 Haverford student-athletes, spanning multiple varsity teams at Haverford College helped make the 29th installment of the annual event another success.

The Haverford volunteer effort, organized by Eighth Dimension, Haverford's Office of Community Service, and promoted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is another example of the Haverford athletic department supporting the NCAA Division III Special Olympics initiative. The NCAA hopes the partnership will improve the lives of Special Olympic athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes while also fostering a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.

You can learn more about the Haverford's SAAC online.