Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Section

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

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Table of Contents
Programs by Age Group
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Programs by Category
Page Enrichment Spill Your Beans Fuel for Life Spring Sampler Socials and Clubs School’s Out Club-Youth TR Dance School’s Out Club-Teens VIP Travel Sports Adaptive Baseball Pep Squad Pee Wee Soccer Pee Wee Tee Ball Challenger Soccer Karate ACEing Autism Beepball Paralympics Boccia Air Rifle Outdoor Adventure Wilderness Bunch 5 5 8

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Pre School and Youth Programs
Pee Wee Soccer for kids ages 2-6, with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Field, 2229 Tyvola Road March 24, 31, April 14, 21 (Mondays) **No session April 7th** 5:30pm-6:30pm $35.00 Abigail.Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Spend the evening with your child learning the basic skills needed to play soccer. Children will have fun with their friends and work with their parents to develop soccer skills! This is a great opportunity for parents to interact with their children in a fun environment and to learn techniques for teaching their children sports. Adult participation is required. School’s Out Club for Youth for youth, ages 6-12, with disabilities Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road March 31, 2014 (Monday) 8:30 am - 4:30 pm $35.00 Stacey.Thomas@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Abigail.Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov During this school day out, children will play games, make crafts, and engage in physical activities! All of these activities are used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity, and independence. Pee Wee Tee Ball for kids ages 3-6, with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Field, 2229 Tyvola Road March 22-April 26 (Saturdays) *No Tee Ball April 19th due to the Easter Holiday) 9:00-9:45am $35.00 Abigail.Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Spend an energizing morning with your child learning the basic skills needed to play tee ball! During the 5 sessions, children will have fun with their friends and work with their parents to develop skills as well as have fun with basic social games and activities! This is a great opportunity for parents to interact with their children in a fun environment and to learn techniques for teaching their children sports. Adult participation is required.

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Sport Programs
Pep Squad for youth and teens, ages 13-25, with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Field, 2229 Tyvola Road (Queens Sports Complex) March 19 – May 07, 2014 (Wednesdays) practices *No practice on April 16th* 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (youth and teens) March 22 – May 10, 2014 (Saturdays) games *No games on April 19th* 10:00 am – 11:00 am (youth) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (teens) $50.00 – shirt Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov The Pep Squad provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to participate in cheerleading and be a part of a team, all while having fun with friends! Challenger Soccer for youth and teens, ages 6-21, with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Field, 2229 Tyvola Road (Queens Sports Complex) March 18 – May 06, 2014 (Tuesdays) *No class on April 8 or April 15 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm $40.00 Stacey.Thomas@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Participants will learn to dribble the ball, offensive and defensive play, proper ball handling, goalie skills, shooting techniques and good sportsmanship.

Karate for pre-school and youth, ages 3-12, with disabilities. Karate Studio, 1630 E. Woodlawn Road (Park Adaptive Baseball Rd and Woodlawn Rd Intersection. Shopping for youth and teens, ages 6-21, with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Field, 2229 Tyvola Road Center with Starbucks, next to Which Wich Sandwich Shop) (Queens Sports Complex) March 19 – May 07, 2014 (Wednesdays) practices March 17 – May 19, 2014 (Mondays) *no class April 7 or April 14 *No practice on April 16th* 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (youth and teens) Cost: For new participants: $75 (includes March 22 – May 10, 2014 (Saturdays) games karate uniform) *No games on April 19th* For returning participants: $60 10:00 am – 11:00 am (youth) Stacey.Thomas@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (teens) $50.00 – includes cap, jersey, and equipment use *Registration Deadline: February 28, 2014 Stacey.Thomas@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Participants will learn the fundamental skills of baseball, working as a team, and good sportsmanship.
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This program is geared to introduce karate to children and incorporate appropriate training for their age and abilities. Participants will work on listening, cooperation, balance, safety and beginner karate skills while being challenged and encouraged to succeed.
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Sport and Outdoor Adventure Programs
ACEing Autism for individuals, ages 4-10, with Autism Alexander Street Park Tennis Courts (Court 1) March 1-March 22, 2014 (Saturdays) 9:00am-10:00 a.m. $60 Shannon.Maxwell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Beepball for teens and adults, ages 16 and up, with visual impairments. Tuckaseegee Recreation Center Fields, 4820 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208 March 17th -June 9th (Mondays; Not meeting 4/7 or 5/26) 5:30-7:30 p.m. $75 Shannon.Maxwell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Are you interested in being the next Tennis Professional? Grab your racquet and head to the courts! This introductory tennis program is . This 4-week program is a sneak peak of Tennis and Are you interested in beep baseball? Join us for an focuses on the basics of Tennis. exciting season of practice and round-robin game *Registration Deadline-Wed, February 26, 2014 days for beep baseball. Wilderness Bunch for teens & young adults with disabilities, ages 16-35 Drop off & Pick up at Marion Diehl Rec Center 2219 Tyvola Road Camping and day trips from McDowell Nature Preserve March 14th-16th (Friday-Sunday) 4:00 pm (Friday) - 4:00 pm (Sunday) $150.00 for the weekend Abigail.Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Wilderness Bunch is designed to teach basic skills needed for tent camping and participating in outdoor recreation. Day trips include hiking, fishing, nature scavenger hunts, nature lessons and more. Participants should be independent in self-care. Participants will need to bring: toiletries, towel, hiking shoes, change of clothes, bathing suit, a sleeping bag, and a flash light.

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Paralympic Programs
Paralympic Air Rifle for adult disabled Veterans and injured service members with a physical disability Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road March 7th (Friday) 10:00 am – 12:00 pm FREE Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Paralympic Boccia Tournament for teens and adults, age 13 and older, with a physical disability, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, or stroke. Mallard Creek Recreation Center, 2530 Johnston-Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC 28269 March 1st (Saturday) 11:00 am – 3:00 pm FREE The TR Section is excited to offer Paralympic Air Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Rifle. The program focuses on accuracy, control and marksmanship. The program will cover Paralympic Sport Metrolina will host the first safety, overview of equipment and rounds of regional Paralympic boccia tournament. Players shooting. All equipment is provided. from Raleigh and surrounding areas will participate in individual and team competitions. Come out and play a round or support local players. The object of boccia is to throw/roll a game ball closest to the target ball.

Paralympic Boccia for teens and adults, age 13 and older, with a physical disability, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, or stroke. Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road February 3- March 10 (Mondays) 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm $25 Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Test your strategy. The object of boccia is to throw/roll a game ball closest to the target ball. This program is part of Paralympic Sport Metrolina.

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Teen and Young Adult Programs
Spill Your Beans for young women with disabilities ages 16 and up McAlisters Deli, 4805 Park Road March 17th (Monday) 5:30-7:00pm $10.00 (does not include the cost of dinner) Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Welcome to a super-charged ladies night! Spill Your Beans provides the opportunity for young women to talk about and gain support for issues they’re facing in their lives, such as health & safety, independent living, relationships, friendships, and self-esteem (participants will have the opportunity to choose the topics to learn about). Each month we will host a guest speaker or lead a discussion about issues that are important to you. Fuel for Life for young men, ages 16-35, with disabilities McAlister’s Deli, 4805 Park Road March 17 (Monday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm $10.00 (does not include the cost of dinner) Abigail.Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Come hang out with the guys, fuel your body with a good dinner, and fuel your life with good conversation. Fuel for Life provides the opportunity for young men to talk about and gain support for issues they’re facing in their lives. Each month we will discuss different topics, such as employment and job skills, relationships, life goals and values, and other topics that are important to you; occasionally we will have guest speakers.

TR Dance: Masquerade Ball For individuals ages 13 and up with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road March 21st (Friday) 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm $10.00 TRInfo@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704-432-0237 Feathers, beads and masks Come to the Masquerade Ball and have a blast. We will have food, dancing and mask making.

School’s Out Club for Teens for teens, ages 13-21, with disabilities, still enrolled in high school Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road March 31st (Monday) 8:30 am—4:30 pm $35.00 Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov On your School Day Out, come and enjoy a variety of activities to promote social skills and physical activity while spending time with your friends!

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Young Adult and Adult Programs
VIP Travel Club for adults and seniors, ages 35 and up, with a visual impairment Pick-up/Drop-off locations: Marion Diehl Recreation Center (MDRC), 2219 Tyvola Road Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB), 704 Louise Avenue March 26 (Wed) – NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Race Shops Pick-up: MDRC @ 9:00 a.m.., MAB @ 9:30 a.m. Drop-off: MAB @ 3:30 p.m., MDRC @ 4:00 p.m. $15.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Enjoy a social day with friends, while building independence in the community. Learn about historical, educational and recreational attractions in the Charlotte area. Please bring money for lunch.

Spring Sampler for adults, ages 18 and up with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road April 1-3 (Tuesday-Thursday) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $60.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov A "Super Sampler" of spring-time fun for adults with disabilities. Join your friends for a 3-day session of daily programs...try something new, or practice favorite skills! These sample programs will allow participants to try out a variety of cooking, gardening, creative arts, dance, fitness and sport skill activities.

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