Recreation Therapy


The mission of the Recreation Therapy Division of the Brookline Recreation Department is to provide effective, Therapeutic-based programs for youth through adult populations who have disabling conditions and/or illnesses in an effort to promote positive growth, development, and independence. This is accomplished through the provision of recreation services in a safe, structured, and prosperous environment via the Brookline Recreation Department.

Recreation Therapy in Brookline

The Recreation Therapy Division provides a diverse range of programs for individuals living with and without disabilities in Brookline and its surrounding areas. Programs range from social based activities such as teen outings, specialty activities, and sports programs to more Therapeutic-based groups such as Swim Classes, Social Activities, and Dinner Groups. Programs vary from Season to

What is Recreation Therapy?

Recreation Therapy is a form of therapy that uses leisure modalities and the things you like to do to increase functional independence, reduce barriers related to recreation, and improve the overall quality of life for individuals living with disabilities. “Recreation Therapy means, a treatment service designed to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate, a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.”

Why is Recreation Therapy so important?

Research supports the concept that people with active, satisfying lifestyles will be happier and healthier. Recreation Therapy provides services, and treatment which are based on the individuals’ interests and lifestyle. This allows them to better engage in therapy and apply these functional improvements in all areas of their life. For individuals who have functional deficits and a need for therapy, Recreation Therapy services which integrate the client’s lifestyles and natural environments are often the most clinically appropriate manner to achieve meaningful outcomes. Recreation Therapy allows for better generalization to enhance individuals’ functional orientation to treatment. Put simply, Recreation Therapy works to improve individuals’ functioning and keep them as active, healthy and independent as possible in their chosen life pursuits.

Summer Programming

Spectacular Summers

Session 1: July 7-August 1      Session 2: August 8-August 29

The Spectacular Summer program meets once a week on Wednesdays from 1-4pm at the Soule Gym. This program is designed for children and teens ages 5-15 years old. Come spend the day creating science experiments, arts and crafts, making music, and playing games! Our highly qualified staff and a low participant to staff ratio help create a safe and enjoyable environment for children of all abilities.

Spectacular Saturdays

July 14th     August 4th  

Can't commit to a weekly summer program? Join us instead from 1-4pm one Saturday a month for Spectacular Saturdays! Similar to Spectacular Summers, this program features highly qualified staff that will help foster new friendships through group games, individual projects and fun experiments! Our low staff to participant ratio will provide your child with the opportunity to receive individualized attention as needed.

Super Soccer Stars Shine

Session 1: July 7- July 28th          Session 2: August 4- August 25th

Super Soccer Stars Shine uses soccer as a vehicle to teach life skills to children with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. The Shine curriculum is designed by licensed educators and therapists focusing on promoting complete growth of each player and encourages them to improve at their own pace. Their low player to coach ratio ensures children receive continuous support and personal attention.

 For more information contact Justine Carey, CTRS at or call 617-730-2069. 

On the Town Outings

Join us for our Friday Night (5:30PM-10:00PM) outings for teens and adults ages 14 and older. On The Town is a great way to explore the community, experience different recreational activities and build friendships. These outings are facilitated by the Brookline Recreation Therapy Staff. The cost includes transportation to and from the Eliot Recreation Center, food, and any program fees. Pre-registration is required for these trips. 

Special OTT Summer Trip to watch the Boston Red Sox!

Save the date for Friday, August 17th and come watch the Boston Red Sox play the Tampa Bay Rays! Parents are welcome to register and join the group for this special OTT trip! Click on the "Register for Upcoming Trips" link above to register today!

Forever Young

Forever Young is a social group for individuals 21 years-old and up and is a great way to make friends and enjoy the area with bi-weekly dinners. Forever Young meets at a different restaurant every other week from 5:30PM-7:00PM. Attendance is free; you just pay for your food.Transportation will not be provided, please arrange to meet at the scheduled restaurants. Contact Justine Carey, Recreation Specialist by phone or email to RSVP or to be added to the list. 

Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA)

The SOMA program has a local Brookline Recreation Chapter in the north section. A number of training programs for Brookline children and adults are available throughout the year. Each program is designed to assist athletes improve their physical fitness and athletic skills and ultimately prepare them for one or more local and statewide competitions per sport season.

Athletes must be at least 6 years old to train. Athletes must be at least 8 years old to train and compete in the local and statewide competitions. Training programs typically meet once per week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
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Athlete & Volunteer Participation Forms

 Brookline Recreation is always looking for dedicated Special Olympics athletes and volunteers! If you are interested in participating or volunteering in any SOMA sport please print off and fill out the proper form below and mail it to:

Brookline Recreation
133 Eliot St.
Brookline, MA 02467

Call (617)730-2069 with any questions. If you are over 18 years old, don't fill out the reference section on the volunteer application form.

Current Season: Summer

Sports Offered: Softball
Season Dates: 6/28-8/26

  • Important Season Dates: 
    • Qualifiers: Saturday, July 28th
    • Tournament of Champions: Saturday, August 25th- Sunday, August 26th
  • Practice: Thursdays 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Location: Cypress Field

Register to play by Friday, June 22nd

To register: Email or call  617-730-2069.

 Special Olympics Sports offered through Brookline Recreation Therapy


  • Flag Footabll
  • Cheerleading

Discover what it feels like to be a part of a team this fall! Flag football features all of the fun of football, without the physical contact! Not interested in football? That's okay! You can cheer on our teams from the sideline with our cheerleading squad instead!


  • Basketball

Basketball is not only the largest Brookline Special Olympic sport, it is also the only sport offered during our winter season. With 6 teams ranging in age and ability level, there is sure to be a place for everyone!


  • Aquatics
  • Track and Field

With the support and encouragement of their teammates, athletes have an increased opportunity to focus on improving their individual performance in track and field or swimming events during the spring season. Each sport has a long list of events to choose from so everyone has a chance to shine!


  • Softball

Make your summer a home run by joining Brookline's  softball team! We have two teams so there is always space for athletes of all abilities!

Looking for more? Check out these awesome programs in the area.

The MUSE Foundation

This is a non profit organization, based out of Brookline that helps 17+ aged youth of all abilities play together in rock bands. Although the organization welcomes teens and youth of all musical abilities, we are especially looking for a drummer and vocalist to join our two current bands! If you love music and want to join, email: Follow the link to the website to view more information, videos and upcoming shows! 

MRPA Metrowest Adaptive Recreation Collaborative

The Metrowest Adaptive Recreation Collaborative (MARC) was created to provide adaptive sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities, their family and friends. MARC currently hosts free clinics open to the public throughout the Metrowest area.

Boston College SOMA Chapter

Boston College offers SOMA Sports in the Fall and Spring. For details, contact