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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.

 Unified Team Sports

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