Auburn Parks and Recreation is a large organization and one of its biggest pieces is the Special Olympics and Therapeutic Programs. Unfortunately these programs are getting the smallest amount of funds in the government funded organization, so volunteers are their saving grace. Volunteering with the Special Olympics and Therapeutic Programs is a fun way to give back to your community and an easy way to gain community service hours.
This program has been around for many years, but just recently has started growing way larger than their capacity. The Special Olympics and Therapeutic Programs offer different activities, camps and sports for children and adults who are dealing with special needs. These free programs have begun to attract people of all ages from counties all over south Alabama. Despite their lack of sufficient funding, the Special Olympics and Therapeutic Programs are still giving out their services for the betterment of our city.
Auburn Parks and Recreation are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping these programs. You need very little training and they offer training and preparation for free.
- The program director, Dana Stewart, is currently coaching all of the sports because there is such a lack of volunteers.
- The Special Olympics and Therapeutic Programs offers 20 sports.
- There is currently no program fee. All sports are free.
- You do not have to be trained to volunteer.
- “The summer program are wonderful! My child loves them because she’s not in school anymore, so it’s always something to look forward to!”
- “I love how the programs within Parks and Rec are ran. I think the way Ms. Stewart has everything organized here, you feel like your kids are safe, they are cared for, they are loved.”
- “They are huge with Special Olympics, always adding new sports for the kids!”
- “They offer everything! And Dana Stewart is a saint. She does everything!”
Dana Stewart: phone- 334-501-2939
Facebook: Special Olympics Alabama- Lee County