Special Programs

Youth Soccer Team with Coaches

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.

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 offer 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.


Join us for a game of Bingo! Offered on Mondays and Thursdays at Noon, this program is being offered in a Hybrid format. You can play online or in person at CFLRC at Lyon Park. Participants who sign up online will receive an electronic board or use their own personal board at home. A link will be sent out to participants 24 hours before the program. 

Name that Tune: Virtual Tuesdays

Come show us your musical ear. Listen, guess, and sing along to your favorite songs. This program is designed for individuals with disabilities, but all are welcome to participate!

Dance the Night Away!

Once a month dance night. 1st Friday of each month. 

Let's go to the Movies!

Once a month movie night. 3rd Friday of each month. 

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