Recreation


Recreation Resources for Students with Special Needs

Athens/Watkinsville

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 http://www.airs-ga.org/default.html

 Baseball

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

          Free!

          Contact Lisa Nelms, lisanlm@bellsouth.net

Bowling

          Showtime Bowling Center

555 Macon Highway, Athens

706-548-1028

          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)

           
Cheer/Gymnastics

          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

          770-680-5231

          $20/month

          www.extremegymauburn.com

Oconee Gymnastics Center

1090 Jamestown Boulevard, Watkinsville

Fee varies based on # of practices

706-769-1239


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

          706-548-2178

          www.bordersata.com

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 dshaw@oconee.ga.us

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

          706-769-2677


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

706-769-3946


Special Olympics

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

Contact Bethany Ross  bethanyross@gmail.com

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

Contact Julie Evans    evansju@clarke.k12.ga.us

Trapeze

          Canopy Studio  

160 Tracy Street, Athens 

          Trapeze, strength & flexibility

          Fees vary

Contact 706-549-8501

http://canopystudio.org/


          
Therapeutic Riding

          Butterfly Dreams Farm

          Hwy. 53, Watkinsville

          Therapeutic riding and hippotherapy for children/young adults

          Fees vary

Contact 706-310-1600

          www.butterflydreamsfarm.org

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

706-542-4455


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

706-542-2894


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

          jennifer@athensymca.org

          706-296-1378

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    laura@extraspecialpeople.com

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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