What’s Good in the Neighborhood?: Dothan Leisure Services Therapeutic Recreation Program

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DOTHAN, Ala.– Dothan Leisure Services Therapeutic Recreation Program has been around for over 40 years, providing holistic wellness with recreational games and other activities for children and adults with disabilities.

Archery is just one of the many activities of the therapeutic recreation program, which aims to improve function, health and independency for those with intellectual and physical disabilities.

“Right now we’re doing our archery, we have a state tournament so right now we’re practicing,” said Lorena Guttowsky.

Participants have many different activities in the program to choose from.

“I love to do Special Olympics, I do bowling, I do swimming, I do cheerleading I do choir,” said participant Joyce Adams

“Soccer field, and bowling, and softball,” said participant Suzie Fulcher.

The program also offers summer camps that include life skills classes, cooking classes, independent living skills  and First Aid & Safety.

For participant Suzie, her favorite activity?

“The pageant is my favorite,” said Fulcher.

Many of the sports activities allow participants to compete at a local level.

“They can go on to state, also national, and world,” said Guttowsky.

Recently, a competition took some volleyball players to Greece for the Special Olympics World Games.

“I loved it, it’s a long trip. We got gold. I met a lot of different athletes,” said Adams.

The activities could not happen without the dedicated workers and volunteers.

“Angie Lowe, Tori, and and Lorena and Miss Barbie does choir. They mean a lot to me they do a lot of things to us,” said Adams.

Our special needs children, adults and children they need these types of activities to be doing to be part of the community,” said Guttowsky.

That’s what’s good in the neighborhood!

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