Thursday, October 30, 2014   

Special Populations

Special Populations and Special Olympics

The Brunswick County Parks & Recreation Department offers a number of programs especially for persons with special needs -- physical or mental disabilities. The programs offer fun, fellowship, and fitness.


Club Rec

Club R.E.C. (Recreation+Education+Culture) meets twice a week, each month at the  Town Creek Community Building or at a designated activity center. Club R.E.C. is open to Brunswick County residents who have a disability and live in a group home. A yearly schedule is sent to group homes located in the county. Group homes register by arriving at the events. Activities and events include the following:

  • Crafts, Games, Socials
  • Special Events: Often, for these special events, a guest speaker is invited to give a presenation to participants.
  • Movie Night
  • Community Trips

 Brunswick County Special Olympics


Special Olympics is a national and worldwide competition that features athletes with mental retardation (or closely-related developmental disabilities).

Special Olympics Of North Carolina

  • 1) gives athletes an opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy in competition, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other athletes, and the community.
  • 2) gives spectators a chance to cheer on these athletes who train throughout the year.
  • 3) gives volunteers the opportunity to share in the experience, as they assist the athletes and competition organizers in presenting a wonderful event.

Special Populations/Special Olympics Schedule of Events: September-December 2014


Athletes

Brunswick County's Special Olympics program gives participants an opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy in competition, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other athletes, and the community, as they train for and participate in the ultimate challenge.

Only athletes who have had at least 8 hours of practice may participate in the Special Olympics tournaments.

2014 Dennis Matteotti Brunswick County Special Olympics Athlete of the Year
Tierra Butler-Bryant

Pictured Left to Right: Jim Barkowski, Miriam Matteotti, Tierra Butler-Bryant, Rick Chickillo

Please contact steve.goodwin@brunswickcountync.gov or call 253-2679 for more information on Special Olympic sports offered in Brunswick County.  All out of town travel and hotel expenses are paid through Brunswick County Special Olympics.

All athletes need a parent release and medical form on file at the local and State office before they can begin practices and participation in the tournaments.

For more information about participating in Special Olympics Of North Carolina, visit their website.


Volunteers

Coaches needed in a variety of sports, including basketball, softball, bowling, etc. Training is provided, and all expenses are paid for travel.

Call or email Steve Goodwin if you are interested in Volunteers at 910-253-2679 or steve.goodwin@brunswickcountync.gov

You can make a difference !


Contact

Brunswick County Special Populations and BC Special Olympics Coordinator

          

               Steve Goodwin

steve.goodwin@brunswickcountync.gov

            phone: 910-253-2679