The Angel League
The Angel League is a baseball program for boys and girls with physical or mental disabilities ages 4 - 15 and an adult league for those 16-60.
Provides year-round sports training, athletic opportunities and competition in a variety of sports for people ages 8 and older with intellectual disabilities.
Helps promote independence for individuals with disabilities through sports, recreation, and other outdoor events and programs.
Special Olympics- Texas
www.sotx.org (To find the Special Olympics in your area, go to the website and click on your area on the map of Texas)
Dallas- 214-943-9981; Plano- 972-596-2487; Ft. Worth – 817-332-3433
The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics Texas offers 22 sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Power-lifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Speed Skating, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball.
Special Olympics Texas holds more than 300 competitions annually on area, regional and state levels. Special Olympics athletes train intensely for eight weeks prior to each sports competition.
To compete in Special Olympics, a person must be at least eight years old. Children at the age of six may begin a training program, but are not able to compete until the age of eight. A person must also be identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following:
Intellectual Disabilities [Mental Retardation]. Closely related development disability, which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills such as recreation, work, independent living, self direction, or self care.
Therapeutic Recreation Centers
Bachman Therapeutic Recreation Center
Plano Parks and Recreation
Addy Hijarpe,Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor – 972-941-7327
Plano Parks & Recreation Therapeutic Programs provide year-round recreational programs for children, teens and adults from age one year old to over 60 years of age. The programs include outings to local businesses and restaurants, dances, in-house classes that cover academic issues, and programs that include arts and crafts, music, games and a lot of social interaction. The programs are created specifically for individuals with special needs and each program is geared to a specific age group. The programs provide fun and peer social interaction for the participants as well as respite for the families. It is a safe environment for families to leave their children.
Soaring Eagle Center (Desoto)
Serves young adults with developmental disabilities and their families through Special Olympics, social activities, educational classes and a day program.
Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Association (Hurst)
Provides wheelchair basketball, track, soccer, and other sports for people with disabilities.
The Y (YMCA)
Offer a variety of sports and other recreational activities for people with special needs
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
(Go to “Locations” in order to find the information to over 20 branches of The Y in Dallas)
Dallas Wheelchair Tennis Club
Strives to create opportunities to improve the physical and emotional qualities of life for people with disabilities.
Special Needs Gymnastics (North Richland Hills)
806-438-3227 or 214-813-7074
Private and semi-private gymnastics for persons of any age who require special attention.
Adaptive Adventure Sports
Metroplex Adaptive Water Sports
Provides opportunities for people with disabilities to experience water sports.
JESTERS at Highland Park United Methodist Church
214-521-3111 or 214-523-2134 (Ramsey Patton- Jesters coordinator)
www.hpumc.org (Under “Congregational Care”, go to “Jesters”)
A performing theater group which stars teens (age 16 and up) and adults who have autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or other disabilities and who might enjoy a theater experience.
The Art Station
A nonprofit organization offering individual and group art therapy and community programs to children and adults
All Star Equestrian
Mansfield, TX 76063
Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding & Respite
Crossroads, TX 76277
Bridlewood Stables and Equestrian Center
Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
Waxahachie, TX 75167
Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship
Wylie - 972-412-1099; 1-800-208-2136
Provide equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities in North Texas.
Equine Angels Special Therapy Center
Bartonville - 214-212-4107
Grace Lake Ministries
Anna, TX 75409
Lucas Therapeutic Riding Center-Angels Among Us, LLC
Lucas, TX 75002
Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center Reata Rehabilitation
Ponder - 940-479-2612
Reins of Life Therapeutic Riding
Ponder, TX 76259
Rocky Top Therapy Center/T.R.A.I.L.
Foundation NARHA Premier Accredited Center
SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center
Swan View Therapeutic Riding Center
Weatherford, TX 76088