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Social/Recreational Activities

DeWitt County

 

Decatur Park District-Special Recreation Association

Website: decatur-parks.org/special-recreation

620 E. Riverside Ave

Decatur, IL 62521

(217) 429-7750

Services: Special Olympics, monthly activities, such as dances, BINGO, and movie night out.  Call to be placed on the monthly newsletter.  

 

The Vault

Website: thevaultclinton.org

https://www.facebook.com/thevaultclinton/

Located at: 

802 N Side Square

Clinton, IL 61727

Mailing address:

5721 Country Meadow Lane

Clinton, IL 61727

(217) 934-4003

Services: The Vault is a place for junior/senior high school students to come and hang out and engage in recreational activities, participate in educational and enrichment classes, get involved in community service, and become a student ambassador.  

 

Logan County

 

Lincoln Park District

Website: lincoln park district.com

1400 Railer Way

Lincoln, IL 62656

(217) 732-8770

Services: Variety of sports and recreational activities for all ages.  They do have Special Olympics available.  Call for more information. 

 

McLean County

 

Special Opportunities Available in Recreation (SOAR)

Website: bloomingtonparks.org/soar

115 East Washington St

Bloomington, IL 61701

(309) 434-2260

Services: Community therapeutic recreation program serving individuals unable to successfully participate in traditional recreation programs.  Leisure, social and developmental skills are emphasized to promote the highest level of recreation participation possible.  Jointly sponsored by the City of Bloomington and Town of Normal through their Parks and Recreation Departments.  Most individuals with special needs are eligible to participate in S.O.A.R activities.  

 

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department

Website: bloomingtonparks.org

115 E. Washington St

Bloomington, IL 61701 

(309) 434-2260

Services: Variety of recreational and sports activities for children through adults.  Please visit the website for information on current programs.  

 

Normal Parks and Recreation Department

Website:.normal.org/550/Parks-and-Recreation

100 E Phoenix Ave

Normal, IL 61761

(309) 454-9540

Services: Variety of recreational and sports activities for children through adults.  Please visit the website for more information on current programs.  

 

Bloomington-Normal YMCA

Website: bnymca.org

602 S Main St 

Bloomington, IL 61701

(309) 827-6233

Services: Provides a variety of programs for youth, such as swimming, basketball, and use of the gym and exercise equipment.  Financial assistance is available to those that qualify.  

 

Miracle League of Central Illinois

Website: miracleleagueci.com

421 Kays Dr.

Normal, IL 61761

(309) 275-5956

Services: The Miracle League of Central Illinois provides physically and mentally challenged children a safe and spirited program in which they can play on a baseball field just like other kids.  Miracle League baseball offers a unique and memorable opportunity these children would not otherwise have.  

 

Penguin Project

Website: penguinproject.org

E-mail: penguinprojectmclean@gmail.com

Services: A theatre production put on by children and young adults with disabilities.  They are joined on stage by “peer mentors,” a group of people without disabilities who have volunteered to work with the participants throughout the rehearsals.  

 

Seedling Theatre-Illinois Voices Theatre

Website: www.ilvoicestheatre.org/seedling

https://www.facebook.com/ILVTseedling/

P.O. Box 576

Normal, IL 61761

Email: info@ilvoicestheatre.org

Services: Provides a creative stage for the young at heart, of all abilities and challenges, to embrace and let shine our true selves through the magic of theatre.  

 

Best Buddies

Website: bestbuddies.org/illinois

https://www.facebook.com/bestbuddiesil

Central Illinois Office

7800 N Sommer St., Ste 412

Peoria, IL 61615

(312) 828-9313

Services: Best Buddies enhances the lives of persons with disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships between college students and their peers with disabilities in the community.  Monthly meetings bring Best Buddies together on campus for group activities.  Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan have Best Buddy chapters.  

 

Lions Cheer-All Star CheerAbilities

Website: lionscheercompany.com/teams2.html

402 Olympia Dr.

Bloomington, IL 61704

(309) 663-8413

Services: A cheerleading team specifically for athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities.  Our CheerAbilities team is called Spirit.  The team is composed of males and females of all ages that perform at a few competitions, plus a couple of local performances.  

 

Marcfirst-Friendsfirst

Website: marcfirst.org/friendsfirst

1606 Hunt Dr

Normal, IL 61761

(309) 451-8888

Services: Friendsfirst meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 am-12:30 pm at Second Presbyterian Church.  This is a social/recreational program that gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills, share talents and practice skills needed for greater independence.  Activities include gardening, arts and crafts, special speakers, music, and lessons related to wellness and well-being.  Please contact Marcfirst for enrollment information. 

 

Marcfirst-High School Transition Program

Website: marcfirst.org/transition

1606 Hunt Dr

Normal, IL 61761

(309) 451-8888

Services: The High School Transition Program provides a variety of services to assist students in planning for a smooth transition from high school to adulthood.  High School students with disabilities can get involved with the Transition Club (meets once a week during the school year)  as well as a Spring Break (STAR) program.  Contact Marcfirst for more information.

 

Easter Seals-Timber Pointe Outdoor Center

Website: timberpointeoutdoorcenter.com

20 Timber Pointe Lane

Hudson, IL 61748 

Email: TPOC@eastersealsci.com

309-365-8021

Services: Campers with disabilities participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, arts and crafts, target sports, music, and horseback riding.  Camp provides an experience of outdoor life for kids whose disabilities or health challenges make these activities often seem impossible, giving them the chance to develop independence and confidence.