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Philadelphia and Surrounding Counties Recreation

Updated: Feb 26, 2019

Please check back often as we work diligently to add more opportunities as fast as we find them!

Whitpain Township - Blue Bell, PA Bambino Buddy Ball (Baseball)

From the Whitpain Recration Association Website:

WRA is excited for our second season of a wonderful program, Bambino Buddy-Ball!  This incredible program provides our challenged or special needs athletes an outlet to play baseball in an environment where they can feel comfortable and thrive while developing confidence and positive self-esteem.  

Last season was a tremendous success for our volunteers and our athletes.  We need your help to keep this program growing.  Please help spread the word!

How Can You Help Buddy Ball Be Successful?

If you have a child who would enjoy this new program, make sure to register!If you know a potential athlete who would benefit from the program, Spread the Word!If you have suggestions on how to make the program wonderful for players, parents and volunteers, share them with us!If you would like to volunteer for this unbelievable new program or know someone who would like to get involved, climb aboard!

All games will be played at Wentz Run Park this spring and players ages 5 to 20 are eligible.  

Visit www.wrasports.org for more information and to register to play or volunteer!

Email baseball.wra@gmail.com with any questions, suggestions or feedback. 

Haverford Delaware County - The Champions Club

Saturdays from 1-2p - Spring session begins March 16th

From their website:

The goal of the Champions program is to provide a program for boys and girls with special needs that provides:

* social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability  * physical activity * safe space to try new activities  * participation on a team  * opportunity to have fun and build confidence * success and accomplishment * introduction of lifetime leisure skills (screen-free ways to pass time) * did we mention FUN?!?!

Bucks County Challenger - Baseball and Softball

Directly from their Facebook page:

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ... the BCC “Colts” Baseball/Softball Program!

We are excited to be entering our third year of service to the Bucks County Community. This program was founded in 2017. Our program has provided special needs athletes with the unique and fun opportunity to pair up with high school baseball and softball players, as well as other club member volunteers for a 6-week program of skills, drills, games and most importantly long-lasting friendships.

We are proud to have volunteer student athletes who represent local school districts and sponsored through the Neshaminy school district Change It Up Club. These students give unselfishly of themselves each week and truly are rewarded with relationships that last a lifetime.

There is no cost to participate in the BCC Colts program. Registration will take place on the first day, which is April 7th and the 14th at The Surge Sports Facility, Langhorne, PA. There will be skill training stations and game play for the kids. The four Sundays following Easter Sunday will take place at the Neshaminy High School Girls’ Softball field at Neshaminy High School. Special Needs children who register will receive weekly snacks and water (provided generously by the Change It Up Club) and a banquet, certificate and medal at the completion of the program. This year we will also offer t-shirts that will be available for purchase prior to the start of the program.

Our BCC Colts 2019 Calendar:

Sundays: 4/07; 4/14 Time: 11:00am-12:30pm Location: Surge Sports Training 2310 Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 19047 (267) 401-2931

Sundays: 4/28; 5/05; 5/12; 5/19 Time: 11:00am-12:30pm Location: Girls Softball Fieldhouse (Neshaminy High School) 2001 Old Lincoln Highway Langhorne, PA 19047

Contact information: Sandi Spong 215-828-1597 sspong@neshaminy.org iteach2too@gmail.com

Hockey in Bucks County - Bucks County Admirals

Now is their 12th season, the Bucks County Admirals offer the opportunity to play ice hockey for both kids and adults.

For more information about this program contact Brian Damiani at 267-679-8831 coachbrian37@gmail.com

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer and Socials in Bucks County - The Miracle League of Northampton Township

From their website: “Miracle League is dedicated to promoting the health and well being of individuals with disabilities while educating the public and promoting a greater understanding of matters concerning individuals with disabilities.”

Theatre Horizon - Norristown - Autism Drama Program

From their website:

"Classes for Children & Adults on the Spectrum

Using a variety of dramatic techniques, Theatre Horizon’s Autism Drama Program inspires imagination, communication, and interest in personal relationships for individuals on the autism spectrum. Our classes help students develop social skills, verbal expression, empathy for others, and a sense of self worth and accomplishment. Class size is limited to provide a small student to teacher ratio."

Bucks County Challenger Football and Cheerleading

We discovered this awesome program through a post from a mom on a special needs Facebook page. It looks very popular and similar to a soccer league that Dan's oldest son did several years ago. Here are the details from their About page:

The program provides skill training and game experience in Flag Football for athletes with special needs. The special needs athletes are instructed by local high school football players during the season from September to November.

You can check out their Facebook page here. Contact via email jawargo@aol.com, mobile 215-962-5351, or message through their Facebook page.

Fox Chase Champions

From their webpage:

The Fox Chase Champions is a non-profit organization incorporated to provide recreational and educational activities for special needs children.  The outdoor soccer program began in 1994 with the support of the Fox Chase Soccer Club.  The Fox Chase Champions quickly expanded with the addition of indoor soccer, bowling and baseball.  The physically or mentally challenged participants range in age from 3 to 23 years old and come from  Philadelphia and the surrounding communities. The activities have been successful in increasing motor skills as well as instilling a sense of self-esteem, accomplishment and teamwork among the players.

Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia

Have a little thespian (or, in our house, a drama king) in the making? The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia offers a 10 week course designed specifically with the autistic actor in mind. If 10 weeks seems like too much of a commitment, you can try out one session and see how it goes. They ask that you contact their education department for details.

Northeast Philly - We Rock the Spectrum

We Rock the Spectrum offers a variety of classes, not just for children on the spectrum, but for kids of all abilities. They have dance and movement classes, social skills classes and a teen club. You can check out their website here, but it may be best to call them directly at


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