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Recreation and Leisure programs are provided for participants in a variety of interest areas including sports, dance, arts and crafts, day camps, travel, and special events.  We have started back up with IN PERSON activities; however, we are still offering virtual programming. 

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Windy Hill Community Center
1885 Roswell St SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
Office: (770) 528-2562
Fax: (770) 528-2568 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Recreation Coordinator:  Debbie Parrish (770) 528-2679

Therapeutic Services Staff

  • Ann Bonds, Recreation Programmer  (Adults) (770) 528-2570
  • Matthew Ulmer, Recreation Programmer (School Ages) (770) 528-2569
  • Kimberly Battiste, Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb (770) 528-2583

The Therapeutic Recreation unit provides recreational, leisure, & educational opportunities for persons with various disabilities. Our goals are to increase social skills; promote community awareness, emotional and physical well-being; and for participants to learn new skills through structured activities!

Opportunities are available to individuals with, but not limited to:

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities & Delays
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Hearing/Speech Impairments
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recreational programs are provided for participants in a variety of interest areas including sports, dance, arts and crafts, day camps, travel, and special events.

Therapeutic Recreation Services Medical Form

Monthly Newsletter

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER:  This is an easy way to find programs are taking place with a bit more description!  Remember all registration is online!  Don't forget to check if there is a deadline to register!!!!  

December Newsletter

 

Ambassadors Club

The Ambassadors Day Program is a community-based program that provides educational, vocational, recreation and leisure opportunities for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.  Participants are exposed to a variety of activities that allow for development of life skills, social skills, and recreational interests.  The ultimate goal of the Ambassadors Day Program is to guide participants to maximize their independence and fully integrate into the community.  

Ambassadors operates Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-4:00pm.  

Fee is $20 per day or $80 per week.  Participants must be registered 24 hours in advance. 

Interested participants must complete the assessment process, meet eligibility criteria, and are encouraged to do a trial period to ensure all needs are met, prior to fully registering for the Program.     

We are closed on all holidays.  We can also give you information about the para-transit services offered through Cobb Community Transit.  If you are interested in obtaining information about this program please call (770) 528-2562.

Types of Activities Offered

Field Trips

Don't miss out on these great field trips offered. Trips are offered to various parks, museums,  movie theaters, different community establishments, and many more. Parents will be notified weekly and participants may need extra money for the trip.

Life Skills

These classes will consist of the participant learning about personal hygiene, how to fold clothes, as well as additional skills used on a daily basis.  

Library

The library is state of the art inside and tailored for special needs individuals. In this library they will do everything from read books, checkout videos, use iPads, iMacs, and plenty more.

Team Building Skills

Team building has benefits of self-development, positive communication, leadership skills, and the ability to work closely together as a team to solve problems. 

Exercise Wii

Everyone knows playing the Wii is fun! The Nintendo® Wii™ is a video gaming system that directly involves the player in the game. The player is required to move their body and the game controller in active ways that can challenge their balance and coordination. Playing games such as virtual bowling, tennis, basketball, fitness exercising, dancing, and many more will make the participant exert plenty of energy for a workout.

Arts & Crafts

Our arts and crafts classes will challenge any artist minded person. We try to touch a little bit of everything from jewelry making to canvas paintings. The sky will be the limit.

Sports

Sports activities offer another way to get our participants active. They will be introduced to the rules of the various games, as well as, being taught different skills.

Cooking Class

This class is centered around cooking and preparing a meal.  Everyone will start by deciding on a recipe and forming a list.  After purchasing the items, the preparation is underway!  This class will potentially use a microwave, stove top, and oven. 

Virtual Programming

Virtual Programs are still available via Zoom.  You can participate in Just Dance, BINGO, and monthly spotlights featuring different areas of the world!  If interested, please call  Ann at (770) 528-2570. 

Policies

Inclement Weather

If a program is canceled due to weather, the program will be made up at a later date or refunds will be issued.

Payment, Refunds, and Fees

Payment Policy

Full payment of program fees must be included with the registration form. No partial payments will be accepted. We now accept MasterCard & Visa. You may call in your registration and give your credit card information over the phone or walk-in with your credit card. Please do not write your credit card information on your registration form to mail in. There is a $25 fee on any checks returned unpaid by your bank.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be issued only if TRS has not incurred costs due to purchase of tickets, rentals, supplies, refreshments, deposits, etc. Requests for a refund must be made a minimum of 48 hours before the program. Participants will not receive a refund or credit for any missed special events or other programs.  Refunds will be processed at the end of the quarter.

Non-Resident Policy

A mandatory fee will be charged to all out-of-county residents participating in Cobb County 's TRS program. The out-of-county fee is $25 per registrant.

Extra fees

  • Participant Insurance (optional)    
  • $13.55 per year for ages 19 and older.
  • TRS Non-resident fee (if applicable)   $25 per quarter

Volunteers

Cobb Therapeutic Recreation and Special Olympics GA-Cobb utilize many volunteers for their programs. Volunteers are needed to assist staff and instructors with the special needs participants in a variety of settings. Special Olympics GA-Cobb certifies volunteers, coaches and assistant coaches for many sports. Call Debbie or Kim for more information.

Transportation

When provided, will be from one of the following locations (please see specific program information):

  • County Services Parkway (CSP)
    1792 County Services Parkway
    Marietta, GA 30008
  • Roswell St Baptist Church (RSBC)
    774 Roswell St NE
    Marietta, GA 30060
  • Cobb Civic Center (CCC)
    548 S Marietta Parkway
    Marietta, GA 30060

 CobbLinc also offers Paratransit Services

Special Olympics

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Special Olympics is a year round program of training and competition for children (ages 8 & up) and adults with special needs. Participants receive opportunities to increase physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and develop friendships with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics offers a variety of athletic opportunities including bowling, gymnastics, ice skating, basketball, alpine skiing golf and tennis to name a few. Athletes practice/train for at least 8 weeks before state level competitions. Please note the time of year during which your sport is held, and expect to be contacted by your coach. If you do not hear from your coach 8 -10 weeks prior to each listed State Games Competition, please contact our office.

Additionally, Cobb County is looking for athletes interested in Unified Sports. Unified Sports are programs that pair a special athlete with a corporate athlete or community athlete for training and competition.

To participate, call(770) 528-2583 and request or

 

When your registration is complete, you will be contacted from the coach of your selected sport.

All coaches, volunteer, and unified partners 18 and older must complete the Protective Behavior Training Quiz online here.

Eligibility

In Special Olympics, you must be at least 8 years of age and be diagnosed by an agency or professional with one of the fol­lowing conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocation challenges due to cognitive delays that require or have required specially designed instructions.

How to Participate

Contact the office to request a registration packet. Each athlete must complete the following: a physi­cal exam by a licensed examiner, a Special Olympics medical form "application for participation form", Behavior Code of Conduct Policy, release form, and the sports selection/yearly registration form. Complete all forms and make sure the appro­priate person(s) sign the forms. When this packet is completed and returned to our office, you will receive a call from the coach of your selected sport. He/she will give you information regarding training, practice dates, and more. Please retain a copy of the medical form for your records.

Registration Packet

Training Programs

Cobb County offers a number of programs in which athletes receive coaching and training in certain sports specifically for competition in Special Olympic meets. Interested in coaching, volunteering or serving on the Special Olympic Management Team? We need your support! Special Olympics GA-Cobb needs caring individuals who are able to donate their time during sports practices as well as during various Local, Area and State Competitions. There are many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Ann Bonds or Kim Battiste at the number listed below for more information.

Please note: ALL Special Olympics sports now require certification from Special Olympics International. Training is provided throughout the year at various locations around the state. Please call our office to find out when and where a clinic is offered for you sport. 

Volunteering and Donating

As most of you know, our Special Olympics program is funded solely by contributions and the funds we raise. There is no budget for our athletes' uniforms, equipment, meals while traveling or charter buses to transport us to the many varied competitions we attend every year. With this in mind, please consider becoming one of our individual, civic or corporate financial supporters. Whether you know someone who participates in the program or not, it is easy to make a tax deductible contribution. There are many businesses and organizations that have money allotted for charitable contributions, but are not aware of our need. Dona­tions of any size would be greatly appreciated, and all donations go directly into Cobb County 's Special Olympics program.

Contact Kim Battiste for more information

(770) 528-2583
Kimberly.battiste@cobbcounty.org

Special Olympics Georgia Management Team

Team Members:

  • Ron Snyder - Team Chairperson 
  • Norma Jo Bales – Recording Secretary 
  • Greg Arnold – Finance Chairperson 
  • Amelia Edwards - Family Chairperson
  • Emily Thoreson - Competition Chairperson 
  • Erica Pierno – Fundraising Chairperson 
  • Michelle Pratt - Athlete Representative 
  • Evan Hodge - Athlete Representative 

Management Team Meetings

3rd Monday of each month 7:00 pm

PARKS Administrative Office
1792 County Services Parkway 
Marietta , GA 30008