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.

Closing, Cancellations & Changes:
  Our goal is to communicate any closings, cancellations or changes to the public in a timely and efficient manner.  The "Closing, Cancellations & Changes" tab on our website's main page is updated regularly.  You may also follow "High Point Parks & Recreation, NC" on Facebook for regular postings on this and lots of other great information.

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
September 3, 2014 - April 29, 2015
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.

 

Breakfast Club for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Monday
September 8, 2014
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! We will eat at Shoney's.

 

Cooking Class - ages 13+

Thursday
September 4, 2014
September 11, 2014
September 18, 2014
September 25, 2014
October 2, 2014
October 9, 2014
October 16, 2014
October 23, 2014
11a.m.-1p.m. 
Fee:$5.00 per person/per class
This class will help people with disabilities learn basic, quick cooking and etiquette skills. We will prepare and enjoy meals during each class. Please call Stephanie Hedgecock at 883-3477 to register 1 week prior to each class. Classes will be held at Washington Terrace Park.

 

Cookout and Swim Party

Wednesday
August 6, 2014
5:30-8p.m. 
For people with disabilities and their families. The cookout begins at 5:30p.m., swimming begins at 6:30p.m. Event will be held at High Point City Lake Park.

 

Lucky Strikes Bowling League

Saturday
August 9, 2014
August 23, 2014
September 6, 2014
September 20, 2014
October 4, 2014
October 18, 2014
12:45-3p.m. 
Fee:$3.00 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
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, etc. Program will be held at Morehead Recreation Center through September 26. Please call 883-3477 or 883-3481 for more information.

 

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

Monday
August 4, 2014 - November 3, 2014
5:45-7p.m. 
Training for Special Olympics Athletes interested in Bocce. Must attend practices and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Practice will be held at Morehead Recreation Center through November 3.

 

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

Wednesday
August 27, 2014
September 24, 2014
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 Cycling Practice - ages 8+

Tuesday & Thursday
August 5, 2014 - November 6, 2014
6-8p.,m. 
Training for Special Olympics Athletes interested in cycling. Must attend practices and qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Practice will be held at Southwest Guilford Elementary School parking lot through November 6.

 

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

Sunday
August 10, 2014 - November 2, 2014
5-6p.m. 
Training for athletes interested in Golf. Must attend practices and qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state level. Practice will be held at Oak Hollow Golf Course through November 2.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Roller Skating Practice - ages 8+

Wednesday
September 3, 2014 - November 5, 2014
5-6p.m. 
Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in roller skating. Must train at least 8 weeks to be eligible for advancement to state level competition. Practice will be held at Skate South, 208 W. Fairfield Road through November 5.

 

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

Monday
August 4, 2014 - November 3, 2014
5:45-7p.m. 
Instructor: Gary Sabo
Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in Soccer. Must attend practices and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Practice will be held at Morehead Recreation Center through November 3.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Tennis Training - ages 8+

Thursday
August 7, 2014 - November 6, 2014
5:45-7p.m. 
Instructor: Regina Barefoot Workman
Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in tennis. Must attend practices and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Training will be held at Deep River Recreation Center through November 6.

 

Special Olympics Guilford/High Point's Got Talent Competition - ages 8+

Thursday
September 18, 2014
7-9p.m. 
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point will compete in an "America's Got Talent" style competition. Contestants are asked to arrive by 6:30p.m. There will be a tryout for contestants at 5p.m. on Thursday, September 4 at the City of High Point Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 136 Northpoint Avenue. Event will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 4145 Johnson Street.

 

Special Olympics North Carolina Fall Qualifiers - ages 8+

Special Olympics athletes will attend qualifiers in the sports of golf, tennis, bocce, soccer and cycling as preliminary competition to state level competition. Each athlete must compete in a qualifier and attend practices to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state level competition. Please call 883-3481 or 883-3477 for details on dates and locations of the qualifiers.

 

Super Social Supper Club - ages 12+

Wednesday
August 27, 2014
September 24, 2014
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
September 19, 2014 - October 25, 2014
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. 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
August 12, 2014
August 26, 2014
September 9, 2014
September 23, 2014
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. July 8 - Game Night at Morehead Recreation Center, July 22 - Dinner at Rainbow Restaurant, August 12 - Trip to High Point City Lake Park for Pontoon Ride, August 26 - Trip to see a movie, September 9 - Ice Cream Social (location to be determined), September 23 - Speaker at Morehead Recreation Center.

 

Zumba Class - ages 8+

Tuesday
September 9, 2014
September 23, 2014
October 14, 2014
October 28, 2014
November 11, 2014
November 25, 2014
10:30-11:30a.m. 
Fee:$3.00 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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