Special Programs

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) seeks to offer diverse recreational programs for persons with disabilities by providing programs such as Special Olympics and by making accommodations within all other DPR programs and services. DPR strives to make our programs, services, and facilities accessible for all individuals and families, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin or ability level.

For a list of the current special programs offered, check out our Play More Guide or browse our online registration system.

Youth Soccer Team with Coaches

Listed below is basic information on the types of special programs offered at various times throughout the year. 

Buddy Sports Programs

This basic sport skills program offers opportunities for children with and without disabilities to learn and play together. Social skills, teamwork, coordination, and balance are promoted while sport skills are taught.

Challenger Flag Football

The Challenger athletic programs offers opportunities for athletes with diverse disabilities to gain important skills while participating in sports. The program focuses on improving social skills, teamwork, and athletic skills through practices and games. This program is supported by a grant from Carolina Panthers charities.

Braille Class

This class will teach individuals how to read and write basic to intermediate Braille, and provide an opportunity to make new friends. The class is designed for individuals who have visual impairments, but is open to anyone interested in learning Braille.

Sharing Group

The Sharing Group provides opportunities for persons who are blind or have limited vision to socialize, receive support from others and learn ways to adapt and adjust daily tasks. Those just beginning to experience vision loss are encouraged to attend.

After School, Fun Days, Intersession & Summer Camp

DPR offers a variety of school-age care programs that offer a balanced mix of academic support, sports, recreational and cultural activities for elementary, middle and high school students.

Special Olympics

More than 200 athletes from Durham County Special Olympics train year-round in 11 different sports and compete in local, regional and state-level events.

For information on Special Programs, email Kristen Randall or call 919-560-4288.

Durham County Special Olympics North Carolina Badge