The Lakers Basketball program is designed for competitive level athletes with the skills and knowledge to play regulation basketball. Games are scheduled in the evenings against area Special Olympics teams, including regional and state tournaments.
The mission of the Division of Therapeutic Recreation is to provide high-quality recreational programs designed to meet the needs and interests of individuals with disabilities in specialized environments. Their programs are intended to develop leisure skills and enhance socialization. Also, Therapeutic Recreation promotes participation in general (inclusive) recreation programs through advocacy and support services. All ages, with or without disabilities, are welcome to participate in Cincinnati Wheelchair Football.
Special Olympics Soccer
Special Olympics Soccer for teens ages 13-18 with developmental disabilities.
Organized youth baseball programs have always been an important Cincinnati tradition. Until recently, the opportunity to play baseball as part of a team was not available to children with disabilities.
In early 1991, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission - Division of Therapeutic Recreation, in cooperation with local families, formed a committee whose primary focus was to design a baseball program for children with disabilities. The result was the Cincinnati Recreation Commission Adapted Baseball, League. The league consists of 90 athletes from three states competing on six different teams.
This innovative program offers athletes the chance to have fun, as well as participate in an organized and competitive league. Every effort is made to create a "true" baseball experience with minimal changes. Volunteers, both children, and adults are recruited to provide on field assistance for the athletes as needed. This helps promote positive interactions among children with and without disabilities. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of this league is the impact on the lives of the athletes, their families, and their community.
There are 4 different bowling programs:
Team Bowling for competitive bowlers; Open Bowling for beginners; Adapted Bowling for individuals with physical disabilities; Junior Bowling for ages 6-12. This program lasts for three hours on Saturdays. Please note that due to the number of bowlers, their ability to provide individual assistance is limited, and a parent/guardian is requested for those bowlers who may be unable to bowl independently.
This new therapeutic recreation program provides the opportunity to learn some new steps and stay in shape. This program offers dancing opportunities for leisure activity for participants/members.
The CRC provides Inclusive Day Camps for children ages 6-12 that includes children with and without disabilities. These camps are offered in a variety of community centers throughout the city of Cincinnati. These camps are held Monday - Friday with extended hours available (7 am to 6 pm). Activities include swimming, sports, crafts, field trips, theme days, and more. The Therapeutic Recreation day camp programs for children 13-18 years of age also include swimming, sports, games, crafts, music, field trips, and more. The leaders provide well planned, appropriate activities designed to promote the development of motor skills, social skills, self-help, and other related areas. These 9-week long camps are held Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. Participants will need to bring a packed lunch.
For more information on the Cincinnati Recreation Commission's offerings for people with disabilities, visit the Therapeutic Recreation website.
This program is open to all levels of play, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Equipment is always available. Interested in tennis camp? Ask about their 3-day nationally recognized camp that offers skill instruction to players of all levels. For camp information, contact Alayne at 513-352-4945.
These aquatic programs take place at the Mt. Auburn Community Center and are designed to include all ability levels, incorporating the Therapeutic Recreation sequential swim progression, and the "Dolan Method" for individuals with autism.Lessons are offered for all swim levels on varying days and times. Advanced classes are for persons interested in improving their swim strokes and endurance and must be able to swim 25 yards on front and back, able to perform safety skills in the deep water, and able to work in small groups. Children under 5 (with or without disabilities) are encouraged to register for the Infant/Toddler Aquatics Program before participating in the Adapted Aquatics Program. A parent/caregiver will be required to assist the child in the water.
The information provided in this website was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number U59DD000906 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.
Copyright © of The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama