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.
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 is a social group, for 18 years-olds and up, is a great way to make friends and enjoy the area with bi-weekly dinners. Dinners are free; you just pay for your food. Contact Shelby Jackson CTRS to be added to email list: email@example.com. Forever young meets a different restaurants from 5:30-7pm, for a list of the Spring 2017 Schedule click here.
Looking for more? Check out these awesome programs in the area.
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: Elaine@muse-foundation.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-879-4794.
Boston College SOMA Chapter
Boston College offers SOMA Sports in the Fall and Spring. For details, contact email@example.com.
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
Current SOMA Sports:
Season Dates: 2/26/17-6/11/17
Location: Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Complex
Track & Field
Season Dates: 3/27/17-6/11/17
Location: Downes Field
All athlete forms can be found here
If you are interested in participating in any SOMA sport please print off and fill out the proper form below and mail it to:
133 Eliot St.
Brookline, MA 02467
- Volunteer Participation Form for 18 and Over (PDF)
- Volunteer Participation Form for 17 and Under (PDF)
Current Special Olympics Sports Offered Through Brookline Recreation
- Flag Football
- Track & Field