Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Section

Therapeutic Recreation Section Contact Information
Karla Gray TR Senior Manager 704.432.4322 Abby Bergman TR Specialist 704-432-4328 Karen Howard TR Specialist 704.432.4325 Ariel Kliem TR Specialist 704.432.4327 Shannon Maxwell TR Specialist 704-432-4331 Jana McMullen TR Specialist 704.432.4330 Stacey Thomas TR Specialist 704-432-4326 Tari Turner TR Specialist 704-432-4329

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Take a Look at the Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camps!!

Therapeutic Recreation Wire - June 2013

Table of Contents
Programs by Age Group

Programs by Category

Community/Parents Youth Teen Young Adult

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Socials and Clubs
Supper Club TR Dance 4 4 3 3 4,5 6 6

Challenger Flag Football Spirit Squad

Summer Camps Community



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Youth, Teen and Young Adult Programs
Supper Club
for teens and adults, ages 13 and up with disabilities Marion Diehl Recreation Center June 14th (Friday)- Luau 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm $7.00 Registration deadline: 1 week before each program date – NO EXCEPTIONS! Be part of a favorite tradition by spending an evening out with your friends! We will enjoy a healthy meal before each TR Section Dance…sign up today!
Challenger Flag Football For ages 8-25, with disabilities Don’t miss out on this exciting program offered in partnership by Mecklenburg County Park Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Section, the Carolina Panthers and Pop Warner Football. All children will be winners in this league where everyone gets to play and be a STAR! Registration begins June 3, 2013 and ends August 2, 20123. No registrations will be accepted after this date. Practices and games will be held behind the Marion Diehl Recreation Center at the adaptive field starting in September 2013. For additional information contact Stacey at 704-432-4326 or

TR: Spirit Squad For ages 8-25 with disabilities The TR Spirit Squad is an eight week program offered in the fall, and is partnered with Pop Warner and the Carolina Panthers. The Spirit Squad offers an opportunity for youth, teens, and young adults to participate in cheerleading and be a part of the team! Please contact Ariel Kliem at to register.

TR Dance
for teens and adults, ages 13 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road June 14th (Friday)- Luau 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $8.00 Pre-register or register at the door.

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Summer Camp Programs
PRE-SCHOOL (ages 2-4):
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Imagination Station: for pre-school, ages 2-4 with disabilities

X-Treme Kids: for youth ages 7-8 with disabilities

Join us this summer on the Discovery Train! Imagination Station will allow you to explore the world around you while making new friends! We will explore such things as science, art, health, music and sports & games! Each week will have a different theme such as: Chicka Chicka ABC and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which will allow your child to use their imagination and creativity! Imagination Station is a great opportunity to introduce children to a group recreation setting or allow for continued interaction with their peers during the summer months. There’s no doubt, kids will enjoy this camp that encourages non-stop fun and imagination! Location: Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, 440 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Abigail Bergman at 704-432-4329 or YOUTH (ages 5-10):
Camp Fun Flics: for youth, ages 5-6 with disabilities.

Campers will be engaged in sports, group games, playground fun, swimming, and other interactive activities, designed to promote friendship, fun, and social skills. We will exercise our minds and bodies through music, dance, art projects, and by taking weekly field trips. Each week will have a different theme so kids can look forward to spending time under the sea, exploring dinosaurs, getting shipwrecked and more! Location: Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Contacts: Stacey Thomas at 704-432-4326 or

Young Explorers: for youth, ages 9-10 with disabilities

Come and join us for a camp full of animated fun. Explore the wonderful world of helping Nemo find matching colors and shapes. Learn about friends and sharing with Buzz Lightyear. How about arts and crafts with Shrek? Let’s work it out with Zebra Marty. This camp offers an array of hidden educational treasures with great interactive activities, music, games, trips, exercise and more! Location: Fee: Time: Contact: Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 $100.00 per week 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Tari Turner at 704-432-4329 or

Join us for an 8-week summer camp full of fun and exploration where youth will enjoy many different hands-on activities and group games. Get ready to come with us on a Journey through the Jungle, Tropical Exploration and more! We will enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, music, pottery, sports and outdoor activities. Children should bring a bag lunch with a drink each day. Location: Naomi Drenan Recreation Center, 750 Beal St., Charlotte, NC 28211 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Shannon Maxwell at 704-432-4331


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Summer Camp Programs

Tweens (Ages 11-13)

Teens (Ages 17-21)

Camp BE-Tween (For youth, ages 11-13 with disabilities) During this eight-week summer experience for “tween-agers,” we’ll enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, sports, arts and crafts and much more! Join us as we explore outer space, around the globe, our amazing brains and our own backyards. BE active, BE yourself, BE curious, BE creative…at Camp BE-Tween! Location: Clanton Pavillion, 3132 Manchester Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28217 Fee: $100.00/ per week Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Karen Howard at 704-432-4325 or

Therapeutic Recreation Experience Camp (TREC) (For teens ages 17-21 with disabilities, and still in High School) Spend your summer with friends and participate in sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music and art therapy, cooperative games, guest speakers and a weekly field trip. Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 Fee: $100.00/ per week Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Jana McMullen at 704-432-4330

Teens (Ages 14-16)

Summer Quest (For teens age, 14-16 with disabilities) Summer Quest is an eight-week summer camp experience where teens will participate in hands-on activities, crafts, music and dance, and group games. We will enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, sports, special events, and much more! Location: Methodist Homes Recreation Center, 3200 Shamrock Dr. Charlotte, NC 28215 Fee: $100.00/ per week Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Ariel Kliem at 704-432-4327 or


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Community and Paralympic Programs
“Summit” Parent/Caregiver Group Amelie’s Bakery and Café (in NoDa), 2424 N. Davidson Street, 28205 June 11 (Tuesday) 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. FREE – participants may purchase food A FREE monthly group for parents, guardians, and caregivers that is facilitated by a Therapeutic Recreation staff person but is directed by the group members. This informal group gives participants the opportunity to meet and talk with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing the challenges of parenting a child, teen or young adult with a disability. Join us in this comfortable setting as we share resources, ideas, challenges and successes with others who are on the same “journey.”

National Paratriathlon Training Camp For adults, age 18 and older, with physical disabilities June 7, 8, 9, 2013 Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 The camp's curriculum is designed for the beginner who is looking to start a training program or for experienced paratriathletes who wish to further their development. We also welcome those interested in learning more about programs for athletes with disabilities and triathlon, including coaches, trainers, and volunteers. For complete details contact Jana McMullen, 704-432-4330.


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