SOAR is committed to supporting people with disabilities in their pursuit to live, play, and participate in the community. We do so by partnering with individuals, families, and local agencies to explore recreation and social opportunities.
To enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing Special Olympics sports and recreation as well as programs which facilitate social interaction. We believe everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle.
“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”
— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER
Special Recreation organizes and oversees Special Olympic programs which include: tennis, equestrian, bowling, swimming, bocce and cheerleading. This new program will also be developing opportunities for social activities after school, on weekends and throughout the summer for special needs people of all ages.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.