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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Fitness
  • Gardening
  • Golf
  • Various Recreational Activities
  • Various Sports
  • Weight Training
  • Wheelchair Racing
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Front Desk/ Reception Area; Parking Area; Swimming Pool; Ramps

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Degree in Kinesiology/ Physical Education/ Exercise Science with some coursework in disability; Adapted Physical Education/ Therapeutic Recreation; Physical Therapy/ PT Assistant; Occupational Therapy/ OT Assistant; Registered Nurse
  • Staff Certification:ACE Certification

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Marianjoy's Therapeutic Sports and Recreation program helps people with disabilities regain or develop fulfilling recreational lifestyles. Specialized therapy and adaptive equipment enable people with disabilities to participate in a variety of leisure and recreation activities.

By working with you on an individual basis, our therapeutic recreation specialists help you identify new interests and adapt your previous leisure activities to your abilities. Working closely with your other therapies and your physiatrist, your recreational therapist works with you to restore your optimal level of function and independence.

At Marianjoy, we understand a leisure lifestyle is an important part of interacting with others. That's why we've developed special programs for you and your family to enjoy. Along with one-on-one sessions, Marianjoy's therapeutic recreation program offers the opportunity to participate in horticultural therapy, pet therapy and community trips to give you a chance to practice and use the skills you are learning in other therapies.

Marianjoy's therapeutic sports and recreation program also gives people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports by offering therapeutic golf, fitness and wheelchair road racing. These programs are open to any person with a physical disability regardless of how long he or she has been out of rehabilitation. Athletes with disabilities must meet the qualifications for each sport.

Marianjoy also provides evening and weekend programs for patients and their families to interact together in leisure and specific interests. Patients are able to borrow leisure materials to use overnight and have the opportunity to be given projects to complete when they are not in other therapy sessions. Promoting creativity, self-expression and self worth are all aspects of Therapeutic Recreation.


Every weekday morning, one of Marianjoy's recreational therapists works at the Wheaton Community Park District Fitness Center to help people with disabilities achieve their fitness goals. Marianjoy donated adaptive equipment to the facility to ensure that people in the community have equipment that is accessible. Our therapist teaches people how to use the adaptive equipment, develops fitness, strength and coordination programs and monitors participants while they exercise. To participate in the program, you must join the Park District Fitness Center.