Auburn Parks and Recreation307 South Dean Road, Auburn, Alabama 36830 map
Offers recreational activities, programs/leagues, social activities and field trips for citizens who have mental and physical disabilities. We provide an opportunity for children and adults to build friendships in a fun, encouraging and safe environment. The programs are designed to strengthen and “show off” the participants’ abilities, rather than their disabilities. All programs are free, unless otherwise noted. The Therapeutics Program also supports the Lee County and State of Alabama Special Olympics pro-grams and the Auburn University chapter of Best Buddies. Fall Activities Include: PEERS For Teens® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills developed at UCLA) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. Dur-ing each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and will learn how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network, parents will also learn about providing feedback through coaching during weekly social-ization homework assignments. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Parent participation is required. The cost is $175.00 and we are in the planning stages for the fall sessions (we may focus on young adults or younger students if enough participants show an interest in those age ranges). $175. Therapeutic Summer Camp- A seven week summer day camp designed for young adults with vari-ous special needs. The Summer Camp is a joint project created and sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Exceptional Outreach Organization. The curriculum program includes life skills training such as handling money, team work, social skills, Zumba, swimming, and other physical recre-ation activities. The campers also participate in cultural experiences, such as attending a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game and the Wild Animal Safari, Pine Mountain, GA. 27th Annual Love Your Heart Run / 9th Annual Crank Your Heart Ride- The annual Love Your Heart Run is sponsored by the Exceptional Outreach Organization and the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation department. The Love Your Heart Run is the premier fundraising event benefiting children and adults with special needs that participate in Special Olympics of Lee County, Best Buddies of Au-burn University and City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Summer Camp. Bingo and Fitness for Teens and Adults- Get your exercise shoes on and let’s get healthy together. After we have enjoyed some exercise we will relax playing bingo and take home some neat prizes. FREE to Therapeutic Program Participants. Theraputic Game Night- Don’t get bored; instead, join us for board games, cards, and coloring! We will enjoy playing board games, cards, and have some yummy refreshments. We will meet on the fol-lowing Friday nights at Dean Road Recreation Center. FREE to Therapeutic Program Participants. Sept 22, Oct 13, Nov 17. Family Fitness Challenge- The Pediatric Movement & Physical Activity Lab at Auburn University, un-der the direction of Dr. Melissa Pangelinan, Ph.D., will run a family-based adapted activity and fitness intervention aimed at promoting motor competence and physical activity levels in those with and with-out developmental disabilities. Our inclusive program allows families with children/teens of all ability levels to participate. This is open to children ages 8-18 and their parents! Families will be randomly as-signed to a group exercise class or group yoga class that will meet once a week. During the week, families will be given access to an exercise app that provides exercise or yoga routines. The schedule for the yoga and group exercise classes will be posted in July/August. The cost is $150/family (for up to 4 family members). Scholarships are available for families receiving free/reduced lunch at school.
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Lee County Special Olympics307 South Dean Road, Auburn, Alabama 36830 map
Auburn Parks and Recreation supports Special Olympics by sponsoring teams for many of the Special Olympics events. Currently we support athletes for aquatics, basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, powerlifting, softball, track and field, and volleyball. Practices take place throughout the year with the help of local Special Olympics’ volunteer coaches. You must be at least 8 years of age and meet the requirements of the Alabama Special Olympics Guidelines in order to participate. We currently need Coaches for our Special Olympics Athletes…if you have the time and the interest to help coach these dynamic and fun-loving kids, please contact the Lee County Special Olympics Director or the State office today! 2017-2018 Deadline and Event Dates will be posted to our website and to our Facebook page (www.facebook. com/specialolympicsalleeco) in September 2017. Practice dates and tourna-ments will also be listed in our bi-weekly newsletter. If you would like to receive the e-newsletter, please send your name and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. **Registration is required and includes completing health forms and release forms. Contact: Alison Hall or Elizabeth Kaufman.
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Opelika Parks and Recreation
Awesome Goals Soccer-The program will focus on learning soccer skills in a safe and accepting at-mosphere. Practice will be Sundays, 2:00-3:00pm, Ages 5-18. email@example.com Basketball- Practice and enjoy organized games. 1:00-3:00pm. Covington Center, 705-5550. Christmas Ball- December TBD. Program is designed to provide a social outlet for mentally chal-lenged adults. Sponsored by Opelika Parks & Recreation and EAMH-MR. David Scott with Opelika Parks and Rec. Covington Center. Discover- An opportunity for high-functioning, intellectually disabled citizens that are no longer enrolled in school. Discover together through various activities and travel once a month. Scheduled trips may change meeting times. Thursday, 10am-12pm. John Huling, firstname.lastname@example.org Expressions of a BraveHeart Program- Sponsored by Auburn University Social Work Program and the Opelika Parks and Recreation, Expressions of a BraveHeart is a fine arts program for youth and young adults (11-21 yrs. old) with special needs. Offering art, music and dance classes to youth and young adults. JHuling@opelika.net Special Olympics Swim Team- Participants must be 8 years of age or older and have an intellectual disability., JHuling@opelika.net. Tennis for Fun- A free tennis clinic for athletes with special needs that provides athletes with an oppor-tunity to have fun playing tennis, to learn basic skills and to socialize with each other. Ages 11-21yrs, Fridays, Calhoun Tennis Center.
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