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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The Special Populations section of the Recreation Division 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
  


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 through April 29.

 

Breakfast Club for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Monday
January 5, 2015
February 2, 2015
March 2, 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! 1/5 - Tom's Place, 2/2 - Spiro's, 3/2 - BBQ Joes.

 

Camp Ann - ages 6+

Monday-Friday
9a.m.-3p.m. 
Fee:$35.00/resident; $50.00/non-resident - per weekly session
Deadline for enrollment: 2 weeks before session begins
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.

 

Local Track & Field Competition Training - ages 8+

Thursdays
February 26, 2015 - April 16, 2015
10:30a.m.-11:30a.m. 
Training for Guilford/High Point Special Olympics athletes interested in participating in our local track and field competition. Competition will be held at the High Point City Lake Park gym and large field.

 

Lucky Strikes Bowling League

Saturday
January 10, 2015
January 17, 2015
February 7, 2015
February 28, 2015
March 7, 2015
March 21, 2015
12:45-3p.m. 
Fee:$3 per week/per person for two games
A bowling league for people with and without disabilities. Bowlers are grouped according to ability level and follow regular league rules. Ramps are available if needed. Bowlers must register and pay prior to bowling each week. Event is held at the High Point Bowling Center, 309 W. Fairfield Road.

 

Recreation Class for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Friday
January 16, 2015 - March 27, 2015
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. Please call 883-3477 or 883-3481 for more information.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Aquatics Competition - ages 8+

Thursday
March 5, 2015
9a.m.-1p.m. 
A Special Olympics aquatics competition for area athletes. Some athletes may advance to area and state competition. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Competition will be held at the Central Family YMCA, 150 W. Hartley Drive.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Aquatics Practice

Tuesday, Wednesday
February 3, 2015 - May 27, 2015
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 will be held at the High Point YWCA, 112 Gatewood Avenue through May 27.

 

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

Monday
6-8:30p.m. 
Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in basketball. Must attend practices, a series and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Practice will be held at Southside Recreation Center through March 9.

 

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

Wednesday
January 28, 2015
February 25, 2015
March 25, 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 Local Track & Field Competition

Tuesday
April 21, 2015
9a.m.-1:30p.m. 
A Special Olympics competition for local track and field athletes. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Event will be held at the High Point Athletic Complex. Rain date is Thursday, April 23.

 

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

Tuesdays & Thursdays
March 3, 2015 - May 28, 2015
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 Alpine Skiing Competition

Sunday-Monday
January 4, 2015 - January 5, 2015
All Day 
Local Special Olympics athletes will advance to state level competition in Alpine Skiing. Events will be held at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Boone, NC.

 

Special Olympics North Carolina Basketball Qualifier

Saturday
January 31, 2015
8a.m.-5p.m. 
Special Olympics basketball athletes will attend the qualifier as a preliminary competition for possible advancement to state level competition. Each athlete must participate in the qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement. Qualifier will be held in various locations in the High Point area.

 

Special Olympics North Carolina Basketball Series

Saturday
January 10, 2015
8a.m.-5p.m. 
Special Olympics basketball athletes will attend a regional series of preliminary competitions for possible advancement to state level competition. Each athlete must participate in at least one series and a qualifier to be eligible for advancement. Series will be held in various locations in Chapel Hill & Reidsville.

 

Special Olympics North Carolina Basketball Tournament

Saturday
March 7, 2015
All Day 
Local Special Olympics athletes will advance to state level competition in basketball. Tournament will be held in various locations in Charlotte, NC. For more information, contact Brian Coward at 883-3481.

 

Super Social Supper Club - ages 12+

Wednesday
January 28, 2015
February 25, 2015
March 25, 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.

 

Valentine's Dance

Tuesday
February 10, 2015
6-8p.m. 
A Valentine's dance for people with disabilities, their family and friends. This event is sponsored by High Point Parks & Recreation, High Point University and Weslyan Academy Diakinos Club. Dance will be held at Morehead Recreation Center, 101 Price Street.

 

Variety Program for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Tuesday
January 13, 2015
January 27, 2015
February 10, 2015
February 24, 2015
March 10, 2015
March 24, 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. 1/13 - Dinner at Fatz Café, 1/27 - Trip to the movies, 2/10 - Games at Morehead Recreation Center, 2/24 - Dinner at Olive Garden, 3/10 - Speaker and pizza at Morehead Recreation Center, 3/24 - Trip to Putt-Putt or games at Morehead Recreation Center (depending on weather).

 

Zumba Class - ages 8+

Tuesday
January 13, 2015
January 27, 2015
February 10, 2015
February 24, 2015
March 10, 2015
March 24, 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 participate 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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