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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 Beyond BASIC Life Skills program
Unified Dinner & A Movie Nights
Unified Day Trips
Unified Dances

 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 Basketball
Participants will learn the basic skills of basketball, including but not limited to, ball handing, shooting, rebounding, passing, catching, and dribbling. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in the City of Charleston local basketball invitational. All abilities are welcome.
Location: West Ashley

Dates: Tuesdays, January 29th-April 2nd 
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Cost: $30.00
Registration: Pre-registration is required.
All participants will receive a uniform  to use for the duration of the season. All uniforms must be returned by the end of the season. Participants will also receive a t-shirt to keep. 

 Unified Programs

Unified Cooking - It is not too late to join in!
Learn fun new recipes and ways to explore the kitchen. Participants will enjoy the meal they prepared. Please make sure instructors are aware of any food allergies. 

Location: Downtown

Dates: Wednesdays, January 23rd-February 13th 
Time: 5:30-7:00PM
Age: +18 
Cost: $30.00
Registration: Pre-registration is required.

Activity # 230310

Unified Theater
Actors: Join us to perform a mystery dinner show and find out the biggest question of all...WHO DID IT?! This program is offered in partnership with the College of Charleston Theater department.

Practice location: Downtown

Practice Dates: Thursdays, April 4th-25th (Actors must be available to attend all practices and performance)
Practice Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Performance: Tuesday, April 30th 
Age: 10+
Cost: $30.00 for actors 
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register for this program is March 21st.
Activity # 130066

Tickets for the performance will be available on April 4th, 2019.

For more information, please call 843-958-6485.