Special Olympics

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs

Dean Road Rec Center

307 S Dean Rd

  1. Email:
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Elizabeth Kaufman

Therapeutic Programs Coordinator

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2939
  2. Email:

All Special Olympic programs are cancelled for the 2020 season due to COVID19. Practices and meets will resume in Fall 2020 with the new season.

Auburn Parks and Recreation supports Special Olympics by sponsoring teams for many of the Special Olympic events. Currently we support athletes for basketball, bowling, golf, powerlifting, volleyball, flag football, swimming, and track and field events. Practices take place throughout the year (depending on the sport) with the help of local Special Olympics’ volunteer coaches. You must be at least 8 years of age and meet the requirements of the Alabama Special Olympic Guidelines in order to participate.ALL

Our current sport offerings are limited due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. Current sport offerings include:

Bocce Practice

The basic principle of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a palina. Bocce as a Special Olympics sport provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence. Next to soccer and golf, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world. Practice will continue through May 2021 and ends with State Games.

Age(s)         Day(s)             Date(s)            Time(s)            Location

8+                   SU                  12/6-2/28       1-2p.m.             MLK

*Does not meet on 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24

Contact: Elizabeth Kaufman • (334) 501-2939 •

Unified Golf Practice

Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes. The game is played on golf courses, each of which features a unique design, although courses typically consist of either nine or 18 holes. Golf practice usually meets on Sundays, and adds Wednesday practices the 2-3 weeks leading up to a tournament. Tournaments are in the fall and spring, and golf ends with State Games in May 2021.

Age(s)                Day(s)              Date(s)                     Time(s)                    Location

8+                          SU                     TBA                     3:30-4:30p.m.          Moore's Mill

Contact: Steve Graham • (334) 663-2295 •

Outside of COVID-19, our season sports typically include:

Swimming: 4-5pm on Wednesdays (Opelika SportsPLEX)

Basketball: 4:30-5:30pm on Fridays (DRRC Gym)

Bocce: 3-4pm on Fridays (MLK Park) and 5:30-6:30pm on Thursdays (MLK Park)

Bowling: 1-3pm on Mondays (AMF Lanes)

Tennis: 3:15-4pm on Fridays (Opelika Tennis Courts)

Track and Field: 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesdays (AJHS Track/Field)

Volleyball: 5:30-6:30pm on Fridays (DRRC Gym)

Golf and Powerlifting: Email Elizabeth for practice details.


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We currently need coaches for our Special Olympic Athletes!

If you have the time and the interest to help coach these dynamic and fun-loving athletes, please contact the Lee County Special Olympics Director or the State office today! Registration is required and includes completing health forms and release forms.

Lee County Special Olympics Director: Elizabeth Kaufman, (334) 501-2939,