The Special Population program of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District provides fun, educational and socializing activities for members of the Johnson County community with special needs. Our programs include fun and exciting events such as dances, movie nights, day trips and overnight stays. We strive to make a positive impact by enhancing the lives of our special participants and their families.
In addition to the Special Populations programs
and activities, JCPRD participates in the Special Olympics.
The JCPRD Rangers, a sponsored Special Olympic team, participates in
all 22 seasonal Special Olympics sports. These range from low functioning
events such as race walking and bocce ball, to team sports including
basketball and baseball. Practices take place once or twice a week,
with two tournaments (area games and state) occurring at the end of
the regular season. Our goal as a Special Olympics program is to offer
the best possible environment and opportunity for our athletes to succeed
in. Our team is a part of the Kansas Special Olympics program, and athletes
are eligible to participate at 8 years of age, and must register through
JCPRD's on-line Activities catalog or obtain a copy of the catalog at
any Johnson County library. (A Special Olympics physical form must be