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.

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Welcome RT Spring Interns!
My name is Hannah van Dam and I am an intern at Brookline Recreation this Spring semester. I am attending the Recreational Therapy Assistant program at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC and I am graduating in May this year.
I have experience in working with different populations and I had a job in working with adults in the MRDD population. During this experience I noticed that I wanted to stay in this direction in the future and the RTA program is a perfect fit for that.
I am from the Netherlands and lived there up to 2.5 years ago. End 2014 I moved to North Carolina to start college there. In December 2016 I moved to Massachusetts to finish my last semester of the program by means of an internship.

Forever Young

Forever Young is a  social group, for 18 years-olds and up, is a great way to make friends and enjoy the area with bi-weekly dinners. Dinners are free; you just pay for your food. Contact Shelby Jackson CTRS to be added to email list: Forever young meets a different restaurants from 5:30-7pm, for a list of the Winter 2016-2017 schedule, click here
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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 our 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.
The following clinics are available this winter:
Power Soccer November 4th Wellesley, MA
Dance December 3rd Brookline, MA
Wheelchair Tennis January 22nd Cambridge, MA
Sled Hockey February 23rd Brookline, MA

Please contact Shelby Jackson, CTRS with questions at or 617-879-4794.

Boston College SOMA Chapter

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

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.

Please take the Brookline Special Olympics Survey by clicking here 

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Current SOMA Sport:
Season Dates: 12/17/16-3/12/17
Practice: Saturdays 
Location: Winsor School and Boston College
Master Schedule
Cheetahs Schedule Bobcats Schedule Cougars Schedule Tigers Schedule Jaguars Schedule Leopards Schedule *subject to change

Upcoming SOMA Sports: 
Season Dates: 2/26/17-6/11/17
Practice: Sundays
Location: Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Complex
Track & Field

Season Dates: 2/26/17-6/11/17
Practice: Sundays
Location: Downes Field

All athlete forms can be found here 

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Athlete & Volunteer Participation Forms
If you are interested in participating 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 over 18, don't fill out the reference section on the volunteer application form.

Current Special Olympics Sports Offered Through Brookline Recreation


  • Flag Football
  • Cheerleading


  • Basketball


  • Aquatics
  • Track & Field


  • Softball