Parks & Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation: About Us
Terry Nash, CTRS - Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator
Davina Ford - Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Harlon Matthews - Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Cheryl Williams – Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Brandy Sanders – Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
The Henry County Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Department is so happy that you have chosen to be part of our wonderful program. Therapeutic Recreation is a form of therapy that is utilized to assist in treating various populations of people whom have emotional, mental, and/or physical conditions that hinder them from carrying out daily routines and activities.
Our therapeutic department is highly involved with various social events, outings, adaptive sports, and many other activities and opportunities for those in the community with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. We truly believe that leisure and recreation can be used to offer countless and empowering benefits. Everything from a healthy well-being to self-confidence and developing social skills can all be accomplished through recreation and leisure.
Our program utilizes various forms of activities and events in order to help enrich the lives of our participants. Our biggest partner is Special Olympics Georgia. Thus, we spend the majority of our time training our athletes to participate in the numerous events and state games that Special Olympics has to offer. Since starting our program, we have athletes that have participated in alpine skiing, basketball, floor hockey, cheerleading, volleyball, track & field athletics, tennis, table tennis, aquatics, soccer, bowling, softball, bocce, equestrian, kayaking and sailing!
In addition, we have an adaptive sports program that serves to assist wheelchair users who may choose to participate in any of the several wheelchair sports that we offer- basketball, tennis, handball, and football. We have both an adult and youth adaptive sports program, headed up by Harlon Matthews. By working in conjunction with the Henry County School System and AAASP (The American Association for Adaptive Sports Program), we are able to offer a variety of methods to get students who use wheelchairs involved.
We also offer a social events program known as our “Circle of Friends” group. Headed up by Davina Ford, the Circle of Friends is a social network for adults within our community whom have special needs. Various activities, outings, social dances, and other gatherings are held throughout the year to provide a social network and positive outlet for our athletes and participants. We truly believe that friendships and a solid support system are very important and critical necessities to help better and improve a person’s quality of life. The Circle of Friends program enables our athletes to make new friends and become well acquainted with one another.
In addition to all of these great services, our TR staff also offers a youth therapeutic program for ages 7 – 16 years old. Our “Team Young-n-Fun” program incorporates the use of Special Olympics, social events, and other creative activities to help benefit and enhance the lives of the youth special needs population within our local community. This program is headed up by Reggie Ammons.
Finally, we would also like to inform you about our very own local “Sunshine League”. The Sunshine League is designed to provide an opportunity for intellectually and physically challenged boys and girls, ages 5 and up, to participate on their very own baseball team. The league enables these youth to enjoy the full benefits of organized sports within their community; making it possible for them to learn the skills of baseball through real life experience. The overall benefits lie in the socialization skills that the athletes gain from participating in sports (i.e. teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, etc.). The participant’s self-esteem will also be strengthened, as well as being provided with an opportunity to participate in mainstream activities.
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