This post is a summary of an event I attended at Villanova tonight with my wife and son which combined two of my favorite activities at Villanova- student a cappella groups and the Special Olympics.
I’ve written before about how big the Special Olympics are at Nova. For one weekend in November, our campus hosts the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world.
Tonight’s event was a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, featuring performances by eight a cappella groups, including all women, all male, and coed groups. I’ve also written posts about these a cappella groups as a result of having attended performances known as AcaPalooza.
Tonight’s event was known as AcaSPOlooza, mashing together a cappella and Special Olympics.
The event was well-attended, and it was definitely student-focused. Early on my son leaned over and whispered “I think I’m the third-oldest person here, so you can guess who the two oldest were, led by yours truly.
Here are brief clips of the eight a cappella performances – 15 seconds each (except for the third performance that featured one of my favorite songs (Four Five Seconds) which I captured in its entirety. Fun fact, the sixth group, the Spires, is the group that Jim Croce was a part of when he was a student at Nova back in the sixties…
The evening then ended with a song that brought a few Special Olympic Athletes on stage with many of the a cappella performers to sing along with the wonderful Katy Perry song – Firework.
Well done, Villanova students.
This may give you a sense of why I love teaching here…