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Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

The ARO program provides quality and equal opportunities for recreation and leisure programs to community members with disabilities. The ARO program offers healthy and fun experiences through the following three basic service areas:

  • Inclusion: The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities into its classes and activities. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will help to determine the most effective means of support for people to participate in any program offering. Accommodations may include adaptive equipment, program modification, staff or trained volunteer support. Inclusion is also a great way to enhance public awareness of the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Inquiries about what type of assistance is available should be directed to cmxlZUBmY2dvdi5jb20= at 970-224-6027. NOTE: Requests should be made two weeks before the class begins.
  • Transition: If you need more assistance in making your recreation and leisure choices, but want to be as independent as possible, the Transistion program might be right for you. Explore new experiences, learn about exciting recreation opportunities and meet new people.
    A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will help you develop you personal Passport to Recreation Profile and discuss your needs, strengths and interests. Call 970-224-6027 for more information.
  • Specialized Program: These programs are open to everyone but are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities. They can also be found in the Recreator and identified by the ARO symbol. The Alternative Programs are designed for adults with intellectual disabilities and focus on community activities and social outings.

Register For Programs Online

To register for the programs below, visit our online database and search for the class to register. You can also call 970-221-6655 to register over the phone. Additional ARO programs can be found in the Recreator. Pick up a copy of the Recreator at any Recreation Facility or view the online version here

Paralympic Sports Club

Paralympic Sports Club
 

Paralympic Sport Club Fort Collins involves programming for youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities, as well as veterans, to participate in sports and physical activity. Scholarships are available. Contact the ARO office or view the Recreator for more information. 


Unified Sports

Unified Sports
 

Athletes of all abilities play as teammates against other integrated teams. Unified teams practice, play games, and have the opportunity to compete in a Special Olympics Unified Area Tournament. To see a listing of current unified sports programs view the Recreator here. For more information or to volunteer, contact Brenda McDowell at 970.416.2024, Ym1jZG93ZWxsQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==

Basketball Game Schedule
All games played at Webber Middle School (4201 Seneca St.)

February 17:
Special Olympics North East Area Basketball Tournament at UNC, Greeley. 

February 24
3:30-4:30 p.m.  -  Cavaliers (Coach Janelle) vs. Spiders  (Coach Julianne)  -  Court 1
3:30-4:30 p.m.  -  Jayhawks (Coach Tenisha) vs. Eagles (Coach Mary)  -  Court 2
4:30-5:30 p.m.  -  Nuggets (Coach Howie) vs. Mystic Wolves (Coach Robbie)  -  Court 1
4:30-5:30 p.m.  -  Broncos (Coach Jim) vs. Rockies (Coach Lois)  -  Court 2
5:30-6:30 p.m.  -  Storm (Coach Brad) vs. Seahawks (Coach Justin)  -  Court 1
5:30-6:30 p.m.  -  Broncos (Coach Jim) vs. Mustangs (Coach Sue)  -  Court 2
6:30-7:30 p.m.  -  Regulators (Coach Sean) vs. Rising Sun (Coach Mike)  -  Court 2


Adaptive Skiing

Adaptive Skiing
 

Ignite Adaptive Skiing 
Date: Sunday, 2/25  l  7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Depart from Senior Center to Eldora Mountain Resort
Age: 13+ years
Cost: $124 each trip

Adaptive individual ski instruction, lift ticket, and adapted equipment will be offered for skiers with disabilities. Attendants are welcome to register at no charge. Click here to register. 

Adaptive Ski Trip
Date: Sunday, March 4  l  5:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Depart from Senior Center to Keystone
Age: 16+ years
Cost: $138

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) Adaptive Ski program provides individual volunteer instructors and adapted equipment for stand up or sit skiers with disabilities. Attendents are welcome to register at no charge..

Register now


Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge
 

Date: Saturday, March 3  l  11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, 2351 Busch Dr. 
Age: All
Cost: No Fee

Join ARO's Polar Plunge team to support Unified Sport programming. Each team member will raise money, jump into the cold waters of a pool, and enjoy an after party. 

Register here


Monthly Themed Dances

Monthly Themed Dances
 

Date: Fridays  l  6-8 p.m.
Location: Senior Center
Age: 18+ years
Cost: $4
Dances are fun filled events to celebrate with friends. Dressing for the theme is highly encouraged.

  • Under the Moonlight, February 23
  • 70s Disco Party, March 30
  • Totally 80s, April 27

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
 

Are you a closet coach? Do you love leading craft projects? Do you like to make new friends? Support ARO staff and participants with your time and talents! For information about current volunteer openings, click here or contact YmhlaW56ZUBmY2dvdi5jb20= 


Internships

Internships
 

Are you interested in gaining valuable career skills while serving the community? ARO provides full-time practicum opportunities for students from anywhere in the country that are pursuing a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and/or Health & Exercise Science. 

Roles and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: encouraging interaction among participants, provide assistance to participants to facilitate maximal independence and fun in an activity, participate in meetings, act as a liaison with other City, County and State agencies and groups in establishing cooperative programs for persons with disabilities, and lead and direct activities.

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