Parks & Recreation

Special Populations/Special Olympics

136 Northpoint Avenue (get directions)
(336) 883-3481 or (336) 883-3477
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Staff Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm; excluding Holidays
Due to meetings and events at other facilities, and occasionally due to frequent night and weekend events, some staff members may be out of their office during regular business hours.  We recommend you call 883-3469 before visiting, or if you need additional information.

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High Point Miracle League Field
Special Olympics North Carolina
Websites of Interest



The Special Populations section provides year round recreational and leisure opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Programs include field trips, community integration outings, Lucky Strikes bowling league, holiday parties, Camp Ann, The Miracle League and Special Olympics.

Camp Ann is a summer day camp program for school age children and adults with developmental SOCyclingdisabilities located at High Point City Lake Park in Jamestown.  The program began as a 2-week program in 1966 with a matching grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation. The City of High Point has continued to sponsor the program with support of numerous civic sponsors.

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point is a year round sports training and competition organization for athletes 8 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities. The High Point program offers the following sports: Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Athletics (track and field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Roller Skating, Soccer, Softball, and Tennis. Athletes must have a current medical/participation form on file, as well as a current Parent/Guardian Release form.

Volunteers are an essential part of the Special Populations programs. Interested persons should contact the Special Populations section at (336) 883-3481 for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

 AWARD WINNING PROGRAM

The Miracle League Program was presented an award at the North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association's annual conference in Raleigh, NC on November 15, 2010.  William Covington and Sherry Paul accepted the "Innovative Program Award" on behalf of our department.

There were 14 programs nominated by Parks & Recreation departments across the state and a committee selected The Miracle League Program as the statewide winner. 

Skip Martin
Charlton "Skip" Martin of High Point, a longtime Special Olympics athlete, recently participated in a three-day, 18-hole Pro Am tournament in Bethesda, Maryland.  Skip was sponsored by the Guilford/High Point delegation of Special Olympics North Carolina.  Skip has been playing golf for 21 years, often at Oak Hollow Golf Course in High Point, with an average score of 85.  On June 23, 2014, Skip played with professional golfer Brady Watt at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, which has previously hosted 3 US Opens and a PGA tournament.



Current Programs
  


Beepball for the Visually Impaired - Practice - ages 16+

Friday
6-8p.m. 
For people with visual impairments to play an adapted softball game. Practice will be held at Morehead Recreation Center through June 6. Home games will be held on May 9 and June 6 at Allen Jay Park.

 

Bowling for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Wednesday
9-11a.m. 
Fee:$1.25 per game bowled
A morning bowling program for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Special bowling equipment and limited transportation is provided. Program is held at the High Point Bowling Center, 309 W. Fairfield Road. April 29 & May 6 will be makeup days if needed.

 

Breakfast Club for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Monday
May 4, 2015
June 1, 2015
10a.m.-12p.m. 
Fee:Cost of Meal + Tip
A program for individuals who are visually impaired to socialize and enjoy a morning breakfast out. Limited transportation is provided. We are always looking for new participants! 5/4 - Carolina's Diner, 6/1 - Becky's.

 

Camp Ann - ages 6+

Monday-Friday
9a.m.-3p.m. 
Fee:$35/per person - resident; $50 per person - non-resident - per weekly session
Deadline for enrollment: 2 weeks before session begins
Registration Packet            
Summer day camp for those of all disabilities. There will be arts & crafts, swimming, outdoor recreation and field trips. Lunch and snack will be provided. Session dates: Elementary: June 22-26, July 6-10; Middle/High School: July 13-17, July 20-24; Adult: June 15-19, July 27-31, August 3-7. No camp will be held the week of June 29-July 3. Camp Ann is located at High Point City Lake Park.

 

Cookout and Swim Party

Wednesday
June 17, 2015
July 15, 2015
August 5, 2015
5:30-8p.m. 
For people with disabilities and their families. The cookout begins at 5:30p.m., swimming/watersliding begins at 6:30p.m. Event will be held at High Point City Lake Park.

 

Recreation Class for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Friday
2-4p.m. 
An opportunity for the visually impaired to participate in a variety of leisure recreation activities. Corn hole will be the primary activity, but others may include shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, and more. Program will be held at Morehead Recreation Center through May 29. Please call 883-3477 or 883-3481 for more information.

 

Recreation Fun Night - ages 21+

Thursday
June 4, 2015
June 11, 2015
June 18, 2015
June 25, 2015
July 9, 2015
July 16, 2015
July 23, 2015
July 30, 2015
6:30-8p.m. 
A recreational program for those with disabilities and their families and friends to participate in a variety of sports and leisure activities. Activities may include kickball, water aerobics, basketball, corn hole and other sports. Program will be held at High Point City Lake Park in Jamestown, NC. Please call Jeff Caudill at 883-3477 for more information.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Aquatics Practice

Tuesday, Wednesday
5:45-7:30p.m. 
Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in aquatics. Must attend practices and qualifier to be eligible to advance to state competition. Practice at the High Point YWCA, 112 Gatewood Avenue through May 27.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Committee Meeting - ages 18+

Wednesday
May 27, 2015
June 24, 2015
July 22, 2015
1-3p.m. 
We are always looking for new members to join this committee of volunteers, coaches, and athletes that helps make decisions involving the business of Special Olympics High Point. If interested, please call Brian Coward at 883-3481. Committee meets at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office located at 136 Northpoint Avenue, High Point.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Softball Practice - ages 8+

Tuesdays & Thursdays
6-7:30p.m. 
Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in softball. Must attend practices and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Team athletes will practice on Tuesdays; skill athletes will practice on Thursdays. Practice will be held at Cedrow Park through May 28.

 

Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games

Friday-Sunday
May 29, 2015 - May 31, 2015
This is a statewide competition for Special Olympics athletes who qualify for state level competition in softball and aquatics. Games will be held at North Carolina State University and surrounding area.

 

Super Social Supper Club - ages 12+

Wednesday
April 29, 2015
May 27, 2015
June 24, 2015
July 29, 2015
6-7:30p.m. 
Fee:Cost of Meal + Tip
A program for people with disabilities and their families to go out to eat and socialize with others, and an experience to help with ordering food, paying the bill and making change for the tip. Bring your money! We will meet at the restaurant at 6p.m. Plan to be picked up at the restaurant by 7:30p.m. You must call 883-3481 or 883-3477 by 12:00pm the day of each event if you plan to attend and to find out the location.

 

The Miracle League of High Point - ages 5-22

Friday & Saturday
Fridays - 6p.m, 7p.m.; Saturdays - 9:30a.m., 10:30a.m., 11:30a.m. 
The Miracle League of High Point is a baseball program providing athletes with physical and/or intellectual disabilities the chance to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Our belief is that "Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball." We have a specially equipped "Field of Dreams" adaptive baseball field that allows players utilizing wheelchairs and walkers the opportunity to move around the field without barriers. Please visit www.hpmiracleleague.org to check the schedule, volunteer, register a player, or sign up to coach. Games will be held through May 16. For more information, please contact Wendy Brosnan at 883-3483 or wendy.brosnan@highpointnc.gov, or email Brian at brian.coward@highpointnc.gov.

 

Variety Program for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Tuesday
April 28, 2015
May 12, 2015
May 26, 2015
June 9, 2015
June 23, 2015
July 14, 2015
July 28, 2015
6-8p.m. 
Fee:Cost of event varies and is on your own
Deadline for enrollment: 12p.m. Thursday before each event date
A program for those who are visually impaired/legally blind. Activities include exercise, guest speakers, dinners, movies, trips and fellowship. Limited transportation is provided. For more information call 883-3477. 4/28 - Planning Session at Morehead Recreation Center, 5/12 - Dinner at TGIFridays, 5/26 - Speaker and Bocce at Morehead Recreation Center, 6/9 - Cookout at Washington Terrace Park, 6/23 - Trip to High Point City Lake Park, 7/14 & 7/28 - activity to be determined.

 

Zumba Class - ages 8+

Tuesday
April 28, 2015
May 12, 2015
May 26, 2015
10:30-11:30a.m. 
Fee:$3 per person/per class
Instructor: Sheila Martinez
This program is for people with disabilities to socialize while participating in a Zumba class. Class will be held at Deep River Recreation Center.

 

High Point Parks & Recreation Department
136 Northpoint Avenue • High Point, NC 27262 • (336) 883-3469 • Fax - (336) 883-8524

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