What is Therapeutic Recreation?
As defined by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use leisure opportunities in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. Therapeutic Recreation includes functional intervention, leisure education, and recreation participation. These three elements enable people with limitations to improve functional abilities, enhance well-being, and increase independence; learn recreation skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life; and experience health and growth through rewarding leisure and recreation experiences. We help those with special needs improve cognitive, emotional, social, physical, leisure, and spiritual functioning through purposeful use of Recreation and intervention techniques.
All of the programs, special events and services offered through Douglas County Parks and Recreation are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.
We need your help!
Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section strives to deliver the best programs, goods and services to its consumers. We are constantly seeking ways to enhance and add programs, events, classes and more! The Therapeutic Recreation Section relies on competent volunteers, proactive coaches, donations of gently used sports equipment, and community support and involvement on a variety of levels. If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129.
Special Olympics Programming
Special Populations Tennis
Special Olympics Georgia, in collaboration with and facilitated through Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports programs, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has an unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together.
Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section consistently offers opportunities for those persons who are interested in volunteering by supporting our local athletes. By becoming a volunteer, you may be eligible to receive free training by Special Olympics Certified Coaches, lodging during State competitions, as well as transportation.
We additionally offer Unifed Sports in basketball, softball, bocce, tennis, and power-lifting. Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis. Please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.
Please click the link below to help fund the Douglas County's Special Olympics Equestrian Team where six riders will compete in 2016 Fall Games in this brand new program we are beginning through a partnership with Win Win Equine Services a PATH certified center. Support helps fund their lessons, competition outfits, and transportation of horses and athletes to the event. As a sponsor if you would like to receive a group photo or letters from our team members you may contact email@example.com or become an anonymous donor. Access http://www.pathintl.org/ or http://www.winwinequine.org/ to learn more about why we are offering this sport.
Help Support Special Olympics
VSA Arts of Georgia
- VSA Arts of Georgia provides access to the arts for people with disabilities and those with low income. VSA Arts of Georgia is a State-wide resource working with artists and organizations to fulfill our vision of an inclusive community that encourages everyone to enjoy and participate in the arts. These resources include, but are not limited to, Zoo Atlanta, the High Museum of Art, and Fox Theatre. Contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.
We are on the look out for any volunteers to help out with the following:
Model Car Builders Club
Special Olympics Softball
Special Olympics Equestrian Team Side Walkers and Horse Walkers needed as well as unified riders
If you are interested in any of these programs, please call 770-920-7129.