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.


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+

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+

December 1, 2014
January 5, 2015
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! 11/3 - Tex & Shirley's, 12/1 - Cracker Barrel, 1/5 - Tom's Place.


Christmas Dance

December 9, 2014
A dance for people with disabilities, their families and friends. Event will be held at Morehead Recreation Center.


Lucky Strikes Bowling League

January 10, 2015
January 17, 2015
February 7, 2015
February 28, 2015
March 7, 2015
March 21, 2015
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+

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. Please call 883-3477 or 883-3481 for more information.


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

Thursday & Friday
December 11, 2014
December 12, 2014
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 11 - Elementary; December 12 - Middle School/High School/Adult. Competition will be held at Morehead Recreation Center.


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

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+

December 17, 2014
January 28, 2015
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 North Carolina Alpine Skiing Competition

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 Series

January 10, 2015
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 Bowling Tournament - ages 8+

December 7, 2014
This is a state level competition for Special Olympics athletes that qualify in bowling. Tournament will be held in Greensboro, NC.


Super Social Supper Club - ages 12+

December 17, 2014
January 28, 2015
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

February 10, 2015
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+

December 9, 2014
December 16, 2014
January 13, 2015
January 27, 2015
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. October 14 - Holiday Planning Session at Morehead Recreation Center, October 28 - Dinner at Cracker Barrel, November 11 - Dinner at Outback, November 25 - Thanksgiving Dinner (location to be determined), December 9 - Planning Sessions at Morehead Recreation Center, December 16 - Christmas Program (location to be determined), January 13 & 27 - Activity to be determined at 12/9 planning session.


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

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