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
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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.

Current Programs  


Bowling for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Wednesday
September 9, 2015 - May 4, 2016
9-11a.m. 
Fee:$1.50 per game bowled (paid directly to the bowling alley)
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 May 4, 2016.

 

Breakfast Club for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+

Monday
September 14, 2015
October 12, 2015
November 9, 2015
December 14, 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! 9/14 - Tom's Place, 10/12 - Peppermill Café, 11/9 - BBQ Joes, 12/14 - Cracker Barrel

 

Christmas Dance

Tuesday
December 8, 2015
6-8p.m. 
A dance for people with disabilities, their families and friends. Event will be held at Morehead Recreation Center.

 

Cooking Class - ages 13+

Thursday
September 10, 2015
September 17, 2015
September 24, 2015
October 1, 2015
October 8, 2015
October 15, 2015
October 22, 2015
11a.m.-1p.m. 
Fee:$5 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.

 

Day at the Fair - ages 12+

Wednesdsay
October 7, 2015
9a.m.-4p.m. 
A program for people with disabilities to go out in the community and have a good time while socializing at the Special Populations day at the fair. There is no admission fee, but participants should bring money for lunch, games, rides and souvenirs they may want to purchase. We will leave from Morehead Recreation Center at 9a.m. and return at 4p.m.

 

Friendly Feud Night - ages 8+

Wednesday
September 23, 2015
7-9p.m. 
Athletes and volunteers will participate in a "Family Feud" style competition. Participants are asked to arrive by 6:30p.m., show begins at 7p.m. Tryouts for participants will be at 5:30p.m. on Wednesday, August 12 at the High Point Parks & Recreation Administration Office located at 136 Northpoint Avenue. Event will be held at Deep River Friends Meeting, 5300 W. Wendover Avenue.

 

Gingerbread House Decorating - ages 8+

Monday
November 30, 2015
6-7:30p.m. 
Fee:$5 per person
Deadline for enrollment: 11/18
A program to help people with disabilities decorate their own gingerbread house. We plan to have the houses assembled and ready to be decorated when people arrive. We will supply various decorating materials, but if you have certain decoration items you would like to bring, please feel free to do so.

 

Halloween Dance

Tuesday
October 27, 2015
6-8p.m. 
A Halloween dance for people with disabilities, their families and friends. Costumes are welcomed, but not required. Dance will be held at Morehead Recreation Center.

 

Lucky Strikes Bowling League

Saturday
September 12, 2015
September 26, 2015
October 10, 2015
October 24, 2015
12:45-3p.m. 
Fee:$3 per week/per person for two games (paid directly to the bowling alley)
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
September 4, 2015
September 11, 2015
September 18, 2015
September 25, 2015
October 2, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 23, 2015
October 30, 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. Additional dates: November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

 

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

Thursday, Friday
December 10, 2015
December 11, 2015
9a.m.-1:30p.m. 
A Special Olympics basketball competition for local athletes. Some athletes may advance to area and state competition. Lunch will be provided for athletes, teachers and coaches. December 10 - Elementary; December 11 - Middle School/High School/Adult. Competition will be held at Morehead Recreation Center.

 

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

Monday
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 2.

 

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

Thursday, Friday
November 19, 2015
November 20, 2015
9a.m.-1:30p.m. 
Special Olympics competition for local athletes. Some athletes may advance to area and state competition. Lunch will be provided for all athletes, teachers and coaches. November 19 - Elementary; November 20 - Middle School/High School/Adult. Competition will be held at High Point Bowling Center, 309 W. Fairfield Road.

 

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

Wednesday
September 23, 2015
October 28, 2015
November 18, 2015
December 16, 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 Cycling Practice - ages 8+

Tuesday & Thursday
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 October 29.

 

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

Sunday
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 1.

 

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

Wednesday
September 9, 2015 - November 4, 2015
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 4.

 

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

Monday
5:45-7p.m. 
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 2.

 

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

Thursday
5:45-7p.m. 
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 5.

 

Special Olympics North Carolina Alpine Skiing Competition - ages 8+

Sunday-Monday
January 3, 2016 - January 4, 2016
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 Fall Tournament - ages 8+

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
November 6, 2015 - November 8, 2015
This is a statewide competition for Special Olympics athletes that qualify in bocce, golf, rollerskating, tennis and soccer.

 

Super Social Supper Club - ages 12+

Wednesday
September 30, 2015
October 28, 2015
November 18, 2015
December 16, 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
September 18, 2015 - October 24, 2015
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
September 8, 2015
September 22, 2015
October 13, 2015
October 27, 2015
November 10, 2015
November 17, 2015
December 1, 2015
December 15, 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. 9/8 - Speaker or games at Morehead Recreation Center, 9/22 - Games or speaker at Morehead Recreation Center, 10/13 - Dinner at Ranch-O, 10/27 - Planning Session at Morehead Recreation Center, 11/10 - Dinner at Outback, 11/17 - Thanksgiving dinner at Becky's, 12/1 - Game night and Christmas dinner planning at Morehead Recreation Center, 12/15 - Christmas dinner at High Point Elk's Lodge.

 

Zumba Class - ages 8+

Tuesday
September 8, 2015
September 22, 2015
October 13, 2015
October 27, 2015
November 10, 2015
November 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 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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