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Therapeutic Recreation
All City of Charleston recreation facilities will be open on Monday, September 17 with regularly scheduled programs and activities. 

Practices for youth sports will take place on Monday, but no games will happen. Youth sports games are to be determined for Tuesday, September 18. Flag football, baseball, softball and soccer practices and games are on for this week. Tackle football will practice and start week one games on Saturday, September 22. Gymnastics classes are as regularly scheduled. 

Please contact your respective facility for offered classes and programs resumed on Monday, September 17. 

Therapeutic Recreation & Unified Sports

Sarah Stern

Programs Manager
(843) 958-6485

Nicole Herrera
Recreation Specialist

(843) 958-6485

Volunteers and sponsors are always needed for sports, events, programs or social activities. For more information on how you can help, please contact Sarah Stern or Nicole Herrera. 

Click here for the 2018 Brochure Page!

Need help registering online? Click here for our step-by-step guide!

 What is Therapeutic Recreation & Unified Sports? 

Therapeutic Recreation is the practice of using purposeful recreation and leisure to address the specific needs and goals of everyone in our community, no matter the ability. We believe that every person should be able to participate in recreation activities with no issues, barriers, or hindrances. Our programs take a holistic, inclusive approach that provides a positive environment for every participant to learn a new skill or sport, be more active, develop social skills, and have fun! 

Unified Sports are inclusive sports programs that combine an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Smaller fields and modified equipment may be used to ensure fairness and safety for all. 

 Year-Round Programs

Pre-registration is required for all programs, as space is limited! 

Beyond BASIC #230001
Dates/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 9:00am-5:00pm 
Location: Hazel Parker Playground
Cost: $168/session
Call for Semester dates (semesters run in 6 week intervals) 
Ages: 18 & up

Beyond BASIC is a day program that encourages learning life skills beyond the basics that encourages individuals in the community become more independent. Participants will focus and develop skills in the five elements that make up the programs foundation; social skills, health awareness, independent living skills, increased self-esteem and personal areas of interest.

 Fall 2018 Programs

Unified Cooking
Becoming independent in the kitchen is a valuable life skill, and we make cooking fun! Students will learn kitchen and food safety, and will be part of the process in learning to read recipes and shop for ingredients. Guided hands-on cooking in a relaxed and fun environment is the best way to learn. Students will enjoy the meal they created in class. 

This class is offered by Kathy Trill, of Palmetto Kids Cooking/Palmetto Health and Wellness Coaching, LLC.

Ages: 18+
Dates: Wednesdays, September 5th-26th
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Hazel Parker Playground, 70 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 
Cost: $60.00 for a 4-week session. ($15.00 per class, which includes all supplies and a meal)
Registration. Pre-registration is required, as space and supplies are limited!
Activity #: 230310

*NEW* Unified Dance
Inclusive dance class for dancers of any ability or disability. Come explore various dance styles (including hip-hop, contemporary, improvisation, and more) in a creative, accepting, and fun environment!
Presented by DanceFX and FEELanthropi Integrative Arts.

Age: 8+
Dates: Tuesdays (September 11th- October 2nd) 
Time: 6:45PM-7:30PM
Location: Hazel Parker Playground, 70 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Cost: $20.00
Activity #:430001

 Unified Team Sports

Unified Tennis (*Volunteer Tennis Coaches Needed!*)
Athletes will have the opportunity to learn basic tennis skills, as well as short court and full court fundamentals. Teammate will have the chance to play singles or doubles games. All abilities!

Date: Mondays (August 6th-October 1st)
Cost: $30.00
Location: Charleston Tennis Center (19 Farmfield Ave, Charleston, SC 29407)
Registration:  Pre-registration is required for all programs. Please visit to register online, or click the Register Now button Below.
Activity #: 430800

Unified Golf (*Volunteer Golf Coaches Needed!*)
Players will learn the basic rules, etiquette, skills, and fundamentals of Golf. All abilities!

Ages: 10+
Date: Thursdays (September 6th-October 25th)
Time: 6:00pm-7:00PM
Cost: $30.00
Location: Municipal Golf Course, 2110 Maybank Highway Charleston, SC 29412
Registration: Pre-registration is required for all programs. Please visit to register online, or click the Register Now button Below.
Activity #: 430280

Unified Swimming
Athletes will learn skills and fundamentals of swimming. The fall program is a fun swim season, with practices focusing on just being in the water, in a non-competitive environment. This is the perfect opportunity to get used to swimming. All abilities are welcome.

**Please speak with Nicole Herrera if you are not sure which section to register for. We are offering a developmental swim and an advanced swim. If your participant is new to the water and would like to increase their skills and the basic fundamentals, please register for section 01. If your participant can independently swim multiple laps, please register for section 02. Please note that participants may be moved at staff and coaches discretion. 

Ages: 8+
Dates: Wednesdays (September 26th-November 14th) 
Developmental Swim: 6:30-7:30
         Advanced Swim: 7:15-8:15

Location: W.L. Stephens Pool, 780 W Oak Forest Dr, Charleston, SC 29407.
Cost: $20.00 
Activity #:430250