Therapeutic Recreation


All instructor-led Recreation Department programs and classes, including youth and adult sports programs, have been suspended through April 30. Recreation centers and other facilities remain temporarily closed until further notice. As of 3/25 effective at 12 a.m., the city has closed all remaining parks, open spaces, and playgrounds. Follow all CDC guidelines and stay up to date on the City's main webpage ( or on our Facebook pages (@CityCharleston & @ChsRecreation). 

What is Therapeutic Recreation and 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.

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.

Need help registering online? View our step-by-step guide (PDF)!