Adaptive Recreation

Adaptive Recreation

Mission Statement

The City of Surprise is committed to offering quality recreation activities in a safe, inclusive and accessible environment which increases the quality of life for our residents. 

Disability Resources

The Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department offers programs for people of all ability levels. Under the ADA, individuals needing modifications of policies, practices or procedures, or provisions of auxiliary aids or services should contact Jeni Corkin at 623.222.224 at least 15 business days in advance prior to the event, if possible, so arrangements can be made.

Adaptive Programs

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Intro to Cooking
Learn the basics of cooking and how to survive in the kitchen. This fun new class teaches you how to gather ingredients, how to measure and the basics on how to create simple dishes at home.

Arts and Crafts
This Adaptive Recreation Special Interest class is designed to work on increasing fine motor skills through entertaining activities such as art, crafts and various fun projects.

buddy-ball_flag_adaptive_307x240 Buddy Basketball
Buddy Basketball was established for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the game of basketball. This league utilizes Buddies to assist the players as needed to increase the levels of success and safety.

Buddy Bowling
This program is provided to introduce athletes to the sport of bowling in a non competitive social atmosphere. This league utilizes Buddies to assist the players as needed to increase the levels of success and safety.

Buddy-baseball_adaptive_307x200Buddy Baseball
The Bambino Buddy Ball League was established to allow players, ages 4 and older, who are either physically or intellectually challenged to participate in baseball. Divisions will be created based upon age. The league allows a "buddy" to assist the player throughout the game as needed (swing the bat, run the bases, field the ball) "Buddy" volunteers must be age 12 or older to volunteer. This league is designed so that all participants can learn and enjoy recreational activities in a safe and fun environment while having fun! This is a non-competitive league.Coaches and Buddies Needed!!!

buddy-bocce_adaptive_307x240Special Olympics Bocce Ball
This program offers athletes, 8 years and older, with a developmental disability the opportunity participate in Special Olympics Bocce Ball.

Buddy Bocce
The Buddy Sports League was established to offer players 5 years and older with either physical and/or intellectual disabilities the opportunity to safely participate in Bocce Ball. The league allows a "Buddy" to assist the player throughout the game as needed.

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Surprise earns top honors for DreamCatcher Park events! Surprise’s 2007 inaugural Miracle League Bambino Buddy Ball Program at DreamCatcher Park earned the state’s 2007 OUTSTANDING ADAPTIVE RECREATION PROGRAM award by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.

Bambino Buddy Ball was created to provide athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in the great game of baseball. Each athlete is paired with a buddy to assist them with hitting a ball or running the bases.

The 2008 season consisted of 95 participants and 90 “Buddy’s” from 14 cities all over the valley.
DreamCatcher Park was also presented with a Best of the West Award in 2007, for its commitment to make sports accessible for all!

In 2009 The City of Surprise Adaptive Recreation program brought home two awards from the National Parks and Recreation Association Southwest Division. The Buddy Sports Series took home honors for "Program Excellence" and The "Casey Conrad Fitness and Wellness Award". The City of Surprise is committed to offering quality adaptive recreation programs to the residents of Surprise!

According to a 1998 study by Emory University and the University of Georgia and published on the Web site of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, children who participate in sports improve in strength, coordination, and flexibility. In addition, parents and teachers report the children are less likely to be depressed and often show improvement in behavior, academics, and social interaction. The study also indicated that many parents noted a decrease in secondary health complications when their children became less sedentary.