Recreation Therapy


The mission of the Recreation Therapy Division of the Brookline Recreation Department is to provide effective, Therapeutic-based programs for youth through adult populations who have disabling conditions and/or illnesses in an effort to promote positive growth, development, and independence. This is accomplished through the provision of recreation services in a safe, structured, and prosperous environment via the Brookline Recreation Department.

Join us at Brookline High School from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Friday, October 27th for some dancing, singing, movies, prizes and more at our annual Halloween Dance! I hope to see you there!

Welcome RT Spring Interns!
My name is Hannah van Dam and I am an intern at Brookline Recreation this Spring semester. I am attending the Recreational Therapy Assistant program at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC and I am graduating in May this year.
I have experience in working with different populations and I had a job in working with adults in the MRDD population. During this experience I noticed that I wanted to stay in this direction in the future and the RTA program is a perfect fit for that.
I am from the Netherlands and lived there up to 2.5 years ago. End 2014 I moved to North Carolina to start college there. In December 2016 I moved to Massachusetts to finish my last semester of the program by means of an internship.

Hi, my name is Miriam Swisher and I am a Senior at Simmons College in Boston. I will be graduating in May with my degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. Over the years I have been involved with Special Olympics aquatics in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM and also worked with a therapeutic riding program. In July of 2015 I was a medical tent volunteer at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles, CA. I have been swimming for 14 years and am finishing up my last season on the Simmons Swimming and Diving Team. I love working with the Special Olympics sports teams and I am excited to be interning as a Recreational Therapy Intern this semester! 

Forever Young

Forever Young is a social group for individuals 21 years-old and up and is a great way to make friends and enjoy the area with bi-weekly dinners. Forever Young meets at a different restaurant every other week from 5:30-7pm. Attendance is free; you just pay for your food.Transportation will not be provided, please arrange to meet at the scheduled restaurants. Please contact Justine Carey, Recreation Specialist by phone or email to RSVP (only the first 8 individuals to RSVP will be able to attend the dinner). If you would like to be added to the email list please email For a list of the Fall 2017 Schedule click here.

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The MUSE Foundation

This is a non profit organization, based out of Brookline that helps 17+ aged youth of all abilities play together in rock bands. Although the organization welcomes teens and youth of all musical abilities, we are especially looking for a drummer and vocalist to join our two current bands! 

If you love music and want to join, email: Follow the link to the website to view more information, videos and our upcoming shows! 

MRPA Metrowest Adaptive Recreation Collaborative

The Metrowest Adaptive Recreation Collaborative (MARC) was created to provide adaptive sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities, their family, and friends. MARC currently hosts free clinics open to the public throughout the Metrowest area.
Please check back for upcoming events soon.
Please contact Shelby Jackson, CTRS with questions at or 617-879-4794.

Boston College SOMA Chapter

Boston College offers SOMA Sports in the Fall and Spring. For details, contact

Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA)

The SOMA program has a local Brookline Recreation Chapter in the north section. A number of training programs for Brookline children and adults are available throughout the year. Each program is designed to assist athletes improve their physical fitness and athletic skills and ultimately prepare them for one or more local and statewide competitions per sport season.

Athletes must be at least 6 years old to train. Athletes must be at least 8 years old to train and compete in the local and statewide competitions. Training programs typically meet once per week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Please take the Brookline Special Olympics Survey by clicking here 

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Current SOMA Sports: 
Season Dates: 2/26/17-6/11/17
Practice: Sundays
Location: Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Complex
Track & Field

Season Dates: 3/27/17-6/11/17
Practice: Mondays
Location: Downes Field

All athlete forms can be found here 

Athlete & Volunteer Participation Forms
If you are interested in participating in any SOMA sport please print off and fill out the proper form below and mail it to:
Brookline Recreation
133 Eliot St.
Brookline, MA 02467
Call 617-730-2069 with any questions. If over 18, don't fill out the reference section on the volunteer application form.

Current Special Olympics Sports Offered Through Brookline Recreation


  • Flag Football
  • Cheerleading


  • Basketball


  • Aquatics
  • Track & Field


  • Softball