Recreation Resources for Students with Special Needs


Adaptive Inclusive Recreation & Sports (AIRS)

          Kayaking, wheelchair basketball, power soccer, and baseball

Inclusive sports activities to promote social activity and wellness in people with and without disabilities

Seasonal – for more information, visit


Challenge League baseball, for children/young adults with disabilities.  Children are paired with peers to play ball!

          Beginning in March @ Oconee Veterans Park, Hwy. 53, Watkinsville

          Saturdays from 10 – 12


          Contact Lisa Nelms,


          Showtime Bowling Center

555 Macon Highway, Athens


          Sundays @ 3:00

          School-age thru adult bowlers with special needs

          $6.00 for 2 games

          Masters Bowling (Special Olympics), adults

Thursdays at 4:30

          $3.75 per game

          (caregiver supervision required)


          Legend Sparkles special needs cheer team

          Competition cheer team that travels to local competitions,

          3-4 per year.  Weekly practice on Sunday afternoons.

Extreme Tumbling Training Center

          1525 University Drive, Auburn



Oconee Gymnastics Center

1090 Jamestown Boulevard, Watkinsville

Fee varies based on # of practices


Martial Arts

          Borders ATA Black Belt Academy

1011 Tower Place, Bogart

Classes at the academy, as well as after-school programs in several
Oconee schools

          Fees vary


Oconee County Parks & Recreation

         Oconee Spirit Soccer League

          (part of the Oconee Co. Parks & Recreation soccer program)

Teams divided by age, coached by special education & physical education teachers, & volunteers with a background in special education

$55/ semester, includes a jersey

Tuesdays from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Oconee Spirit Basketball League

Teams divided by age, players w/special needs play w/ peers

$55/session, includes a jersey

Program contact : Deanna Shaw  706-769-3966  or

Oconee Youth School of Performance

          Classes and productions year-round; summer camp

          Contact OYSP to discover the best fit for your child

          Fees based on number of hours per week

          Directors:  Shane and Terra Hannon


Oconee 4H

Through UGA Cooperative Extension Service, service clubs that provide opportunities for personal growth & leadership skill development.  Individual projects/presentations and group activities for elementary age through high school.

Meetings held at each Oconee school, and at the J. Phil Campbell Research & Education Center

1420 Experiment Station Road, Watkinsville

Contact Joey Bristol


Special Olympics

Oconee Special Olympics offered through each school; basketball and bowling in winter, track & field events in spring

Contact Bethany Ross

Oconee students interested in gymnastics may participate with the Clarke Co. Special Olympics gymnastics team

Contact Julie Evans


          Canopy Studio  

160 Tracy Street, Athens 

          Trapeze, strength & flexibility

          Fees vary

Contact 706-549-8501

Therapeutic Riding

          Butterfly Dreams Farm

          Hwy. 53, Watkinsville

          Therapeutic riding and hippotherapy for children/young adults

          Fees vary

Contact 706-310-1600

UGA Pediatric Motor Development Clinic

Exercise program for children and young adults w/ disabilities + teaching practicum for UGA kinesiology students.  Classes are held in the fall and spring on campus at UGA. 

Fee $25/semester

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Ramsey Student Center, UGA

Dr. Michael Horvat

Kinesiology Dept., UGA


UGA Music Therapy

Program using music to address cognitive, behavioral & social functioning in children w/ special needs

Classes held at the Hodgson School of Music at UGA

Thursdays, 5:15 – 6:00 pm

Fees start at $75/4 sessions


YMCA Music Therapy

        Singing, dancing, vocal play, and creative movement

Morning and evening classes, Tuesdays/Thursdays

          For info on fees and specific times, contact Jennifer Cummings


ESP (Extra Special People)

Non-profit based in Watkinsville, supporting children & young adults with developmental disabilities.  Summer camp, after school programs, and monthly events throughout the year.

189 VFW Drive, Watkinsville

706-769-9333 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)

Laura Whitaker, Executive Director

ESP Summer Camp

4 weeks of day camp @ ESP in Watkinsville

2 weeks of “sleep-away” camp (1 week under age 15, 1 week over age 15)

@ Camp Twin Lakes in Winder

2 weeks of field trip camp (1 week ea for the two groups)

ESP 360 (after school programs):

ESPiranhas (swim team) Monday & Wednesday @ YWCO in Athens

Outdoor Ed, Dance, Art, Theater, Martial Arts, Aerobics, Sports, Cheer, 

Music, Discovery, & Cooking @ the ESP Building 

ESP Events: 

ESP Club (monthly activity for under age 15)

          ESP NKA (“No Kids Allowed!” – monthly activity for over age 15)

          Family Camp (fall and spring – weekend fun at Camp Twin Lakes in
          Winder or Camp Dream in Pine Mountain)

          Fall Festival @ ESP

          Watkinsville Christmas Parade

Big Hearts Pageant @ The Classic Center, Athens

Jump/Fly for Kids @ Monroe Airfield

Share & Care (parent support group)

ESPlanning Ahead (parent information workshops)

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