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Tennessee Sports & Recreation Programs

Programs that provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in competitive and non competitive sports and recreational activities.

National Sports & Recreation Programs

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Sports & Recreation Programs, Camps and/or Summer Programs, and Horseback Riding Therapy.

ABLE Youth

Athletes Building Life Experiences (ABLE): ABLE is a wheelchair sports and independence program which focuses on raising the quality of life for children using wheelchairs.

Ables Recreation Association, Inc.

Ables Recreation Association, Inc. provides recreational activities for children and adults with disabilities.

Best Buddies Tennessee

Best Buddies Tennessee is a state affiliate chapter of Best Buddies International. Best Buddies provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to create one-to-one friendships, intergrated employment, and leadership development.

Buddy Ball Special Needs Athlete League

Buddy Ball provides children with mental or physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in recreational activities, such as, baseball, bowling. and cheerleading.

C.A.P.E. Challenged Athletes Playing Equally

Challenged Athletes Playing Equally (C.A.P.E.) provides children and adults with disabilities to participate in recreational activities in a fun non competitive environment.

Club VIBES

Club VIBES (Visually Impaired/Blind Enhanced Services) offers mentoring to youth and their parents by adult blind peers, social outings and recreational hiking and biking programs.

Girls Scout Heart of the South

Girl Scout troops consisting entirely of girls with disabilities and sponsors placement of girls with disabilities in troops with typically developing peers.

Special Olympics Tennessee, Inc.

Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) conducts sporting events throughout the year. SOTN provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete in various olympic competitions.

Sports 4 All Foundation

Sports 4 All Foundation assist with funding and equipment to enable full participation in sporting and recreation activities for individuals with disabilities.

Structured Athletics for Challenged Children (SACC)

Structured Athletics for Challenged Children (SACC) is an athletic program developed for children with physical and/or mental disabilities to enjoy the many benefits of participating in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.

Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Information on accessibility on state parks and facilities.

TOP Soccer of Tennessee

An outreach program of the TN Soccer Association; provides athletic opportunities for children and teens with mental and physical disabilities interested in soccer.

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Other Links and Resources

  • BestBuddies: e-Buddies
    e-Buddies is an e-mail pen pal program that pairs persons with an intellectual disability in a one-to-one e-mail friendship with a peer volunteer who does not have an intellectual disability.
  • Week of the Young Child
    The National Week of the Young Child focuses public attention on the rights and needs of young children. It is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education for all young children and their families.

Printable Materials and Resources

  • Camps Flyer
    Main flyer for Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Camps.