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Tammy Bryant
Office: 706.234.0383
tbryant@rfpra.com

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Activities for Individuals with Special Needs

Sports and activity programs are designed to help special needs children and adults have the opportunity to experience the excitement of playing sports and participating in fun activities regardless of their disability. The programs are designed for developmentally disabled persons.

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Camp Goodtimes Camp GoodTimes

A three week summer day camp for
persons with special needs. Activities include swimming, bowling, movies,and crafts.
Weeks: June 23-27,
Jun 30 - July 3 & July 7-11
Time: 9 am -3 pm Ages: 6-21
Cost: $90 Location: Gilbreath Center
Questions: Tammy Bryant, 706.234.0383, tbryant@rfpra.com


Challenger Bowling Challenger Bowling

Show off your bowling skills and enjoy fun and fellowship. For special needs participants.
When: June 14 & July 26, 10 - 11 am
Cost: $2.50 per game
Location: Floyd County Lanes
Questions: Tammy Bryant, 706.234.0383, tbryant@rfpra.com


A Day for GrandsA Day for Grands
Join us for a day of fun and information for all
grandparents and their grandchildren.
Games, activities, food, and over 35 exhibitors with information and resources to assist grandparents. Cost: FREE
Sponsored by:
Grands Who Care
When:
June 6, 10 am - 1 pm
Location:
Parker Center
Questions: Tammy Bryant, 706.234.0383, tbryant@rfpra.com

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Ongoing Activities

Club Sandwich - Caregiver Support Group
Location: Charles Parker Center Time: 5:30 pm
When: Meets every 3rd Thu
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One Step Closer- Dance Club

Great music, refreshments and fun at our dance club for special needs persons.
Ages: 18 & up Cost: $2 Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Dates: Meets 2nd Thu each month
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Snap Happy Camera Club
Learn the basic skills of photography. Sponsored by RFPRA and DIGS.
Time: 7 - 9 pm When: 3rd Friday of each month
Ages:18 & up
Cost: FREE: Provided by DIGS
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Just As I Am
Show Choir
Participants enjoy music and fun. Performances are scheduled to show off our musical talents. Directed by Pat Sweezy. Sponsored by DIGS.
Ages: 18 & up
Practice: Every Tuesday (except 2nd Tue of month)
Time: 6-7 pm
Cost: Free - all supplies provided by DIGS
Location: Gilbreath Recreation Center
Call for details: 706.234.0383

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Challenger Sports

The Challenger Sports League is designed to help special needs children and adults have the opportunity to experience the excitement of playing sports regardless of their disability. The program is designed for developmentally disabled persons.

Challenger Sports & Seasons
Basketball: Jan - Feb
Baseball /T-Ball: Mar - Apr
Soccer:Sept - Oct
Bowling: Oct & Jan-Feb

Age groups and Gender
All challenger programs are designed for developmentally disabled persons 4 and over.

Registration Dates
Basketball: Early January
Baseball/T-ball: Early March
Soccer: Early September
Cheerleading: September
Bowling: October & January

Sport and Play Description
Challenger Sports uses a “buddy system” where each participant that needs assistance has a helper who shadows him throughout the game. Buddies can be siblings, friends, parents, or a volunteer over the age of 12. Duties include: pushing a wheelchair, giving directions, helping to throw a ball or swing a bat, and other necessary accommodations and adaptations to help them succeed in playing the sport. Only words of affirmation and encouragement are spoken to the players at all times. Each participant plays during the game and scores are not kept.

Game Days
Basketball/T-Ball: Saturdays
Soccer: Saturdays
Bowling: Saturdays

Game Locations
Basketball: Fielder Recreation Center
Soccer: Garden Lake Soccer Complex
Cheerleading: Riverview Sports Complex
Bowling : Classic Lanes

Uniforms
Uniforms will be given at the first game for each sport. Special Equipment for game play will be provided when necessary. Bowling does not have uniforms.

Awards
Each player will receive a trophy at the end of each sport season.

Special Game Rules

Only coaches, players and 1 buddy per player is allowed on the court or field during play. No sliding in any sport will be permitted. No unnecessary roughness will be allowed by any player. Players who do not follow these rules will sit out the remainder of game.

Awards
Each player will receive a trophy at the end of each sport season.

Special Game Rules
Only coaches, players and 1 buddy per player is allowed on the court or field during play. No sliding in any sport will be permitted. No unnecessary roughness will be allowed by any player. Players who do not follow these rules will sit out the remainder of game.

 

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Volunteer Opportunities


Challenger Sports depends on our volunteers. Volunteers are needed for coaches, buddies, refreshments, special events, and other positions. Please contact us for more information on becoming a volunteer. Contact Tammy Bryant at 706.234.0383.

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Challenger Sports Registration

Description
Fee
Basketball, Baseball/T-ball, Soccer, Cheerleading $40 (includes uniform)
Bowling Cost depends on bowling center rates

Parent/ Player Code of Conduct
Any parent or player guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games. Improper conduct will consist of engagement in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with coaches, players, or spectators such as booing, taunting, refusing to shake hands, hitting, or using profane language or gestures. No drugs, alcohol, or tobacco in any form will be permitted in sports facility or at any sports event.

Safety Regulations
Challenger sports rules are adapted to ensure safety at all times.

Parent / Volunteer Pledge
I will teach all children to play fair and do their best
I will positively support all mangers, coaches, and players
I will respect the decisions of the managers and coaches
I will gave praise and encouragement to the players at all times