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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 2019 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. 


 Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars with this year's programs that interest you! You can find more details on each sport/program/event seasonally below. 

 Winter/Spring Unified Sports

Unified Basketball
Unified Swimming
Unified Cheerleading


Winter/Spring Unified Programs

Unified Cooking
Unified Dance
Unified Pottery
Unified Theater

Summer Unified Programs

Unified Creative Arts Camp
Unified Performing Arts Camp
Unified Summer Sports Sampler


Fall Unified Sports

Unified Tennis
Unified Swimming
Unified Golf

Fall Unified Programs

Unified Dance
Unified Pottery



Year-Round Unified Programs

Unified Dinner & A Movie Nights
Unified Day Trips
Unified Dances



Check out our MAY Program & Event Calendar!



 Unified Programs

Community Kickball for ALL!

We are SO excited to now offer Community Kickball for ALL at Hazel Parker Playground. We have invited our local community including some of the City of Charleston Fire Department Firefighters. NOW, we just need YOU there. Bring the entire family out for a friendly game of kickball and enjoy some time outdoors with us!

Dates: Every Friday in May 
Time: 5:00-6:00
(if you cannot get there at 5:00, you may still join in at any time!)
Cost: FREE FOR ALL!
Location: Hazel Parker Playground Community Center (70 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401)
Pre-Registration is not required, but encouraged by emailing Nicole to let her know you and your family will be there! 

This is a weather permitting program, if it is raining, there will be no kickball that day.

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 Unified Trips

Unified Zoo Trip

Join us to explore the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. Transportation will be provided by The City of Charleston, Recreation Department staff. We will enjoy lunch at the Zoo Cafe so please pack your participant with enough money for lunch! 

Date: Thursday, May 30th
Time: All day (exact times TBA)
Cost: $25.00
Drop off and pick up: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Blvd
Pre-registration is required so we can purchase tickets in advance. 

This is a family friendly program and we encourage all members of your family to join us on this trip! Please call 843-958-6485 to register your entire family! 


Charleston RiverDogs Game

Join us to cheer on our Charleston River Dogs. Tickets will be bought in advance so please register early! This is a family friendly event, you may call 843-958-6485 to order your tickets! 

Date: Sunday, June 9th 
Ages: ALL
Location: We will meet at the Joe! (Riverdogs stadium)
Cost: $8.00
Pre-registration is required. Please call to register


Summer Sports Sampler

The Summer Sports Sampler is in partnership and ran completely by The Citadel Leadership Cadets. This program dives into a different sport each night with drills and a mini game. Following the sport, participants are coached through healthy meal options and preparing a meal with The Citadel Cadets. 

Dates: Tuesdays, June 11th-July 23rd
Time: 6:00-8:00 (The first hour will be exploring sports and the second will be creating a healthy meal together)
Cost: FREE
Location: 780 W. Oak Forest Drive, Charleston, SC 29407
Pre-Registration is required and is open NOW!


Zumba Dance Party

Join us for a family friendly Zumba Dance Party! This will be a sensory friendly event!!

Date: Thursday, June 13th
Ages: ALL – Fun for the whole family!
Location: St. Julian Devine Community Center (1 Cooper Street Charleston, SC 29403)
Cost: FREE
RSVP is encouraged, but not required! You may RSVP to Sarah Stern or call 843-958-6485!


CCPRC Swim Night 

Join us as we all enjoy the Charleston County Special Needs Swim Night at Splash Zone! Transportation will be provided by The City of Charleston. This is a family friendly event and we welcome all members to join us (family members under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) Dinner will be provided. Drop-off/pick up at the facility will not be an option for this particular program.

Date: Saturday, July 27th 
Time: 5:30-8:30PM
Cost: $12.00 
Location: Meeting location will be at 823 Meeting Street to load onto the bus.
Pre-Registration is required as we will buy tickets in advance to avoid long lines! :) 


Summer Swim in Movie
Have you ever wished that you could watch a movie while in a pool?! Well, join us as we bring the big screen to the pool side. Movie is TBA. More details are to come, but mark your calendar now for this end of summer fun! 

Date: August 9th 
Pre-registration is required! 


 Unified Summer Camps

Unified Creative Arts Camp

This week long evening camp explores all mediums of creative arts. On the last day of camp there will be an art show for all to look at the masterpieces that have been created over the course of the week. A healthy snack will be given each night.

Dates: July 8th-12th
Times: 5:00-8:00PM
Cost: $30.00
Location: Hazel Parker Playground Community Center (70 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401)
Pre-Registration is required and is open NOW! Register online using activity #330001.


Unified Performing Arts Camp

Explore your secret talent with us during our performing arts camp. We will discover a new performing art each night and have a fun and exciting talent show to conclude camp on the last day. A healthy snack will be provided each night. 

Dates: July 29th-August 2nd 
Time: 5:00-8:00PM
Cost: $30.00
Location: Hazel Parker Playground Community Center (70 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401)
Pre-Registration is required and is open NOW! Register online using activity #330002.