Recreational Programming

The recreational programming at Pioneer Center provides individuals with a variety of physical, mental, social, and emotional benefits. Activities give individuals with special needs the opportunity to participate in meaningful recreational and leisure activities.  The program provides a variety of diversified activities that promote interpersonal skills, contribute to a sense of self-fulfillment, and enhance the lives of students.  Our emphasis is placed on motivating the student to try new experiences and challenges in a secure and safe environment at school, at home, and in the community, which helps build self-confidence.


Horse Interaction – Hands on interaction provides sensory stimulation for students. Horseback riding helps improve muscle tone, coordination, and balance. Students are involved in grooming, riding, petting, and leading horses at area horse farms.

Bike Club – Our bicycle club enables students with disabilities to enjoy biking, regardless of their skill level. It also serves to educate students about bicycle safety. There are two sessions of bike club. The first session is for individuals with limited skills who need added assistance to accomplish riding a bike independently.  The second group is an advanced group; these students already know how to ride independently. During club time, we cover bicycle safety, proper trail etiquette, and bike maintenance.

Special Olympics -The mission of our Special Olympics program is to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities.    We participate in the follow Special Olympics sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Bowling and Track and Field.

Special Olympics eligibility requirements specify that athletes be at least eight years of age and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required special instruction.

Bowling – Our bowling program is offered to children and adults. Bowling takes place at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe. Adaptive bowling equipment is provided as needed for physically challenged and visually impaired individuals.  Opportunities for participation with family and peers include school time instruction at a bowling alley for each student and bowling on a league during and after school hours.

Community Trips –Students at Pioneer take part in several community trips throughout the school year. Our annual outings include trips to The Wilds Wildlife Conversation Center, the Shriner’s Circus, Rodeo Day at the Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian enter, and a trip to the movie theater. In addition, we utilize many of the recreational facilities in Ross County including public playgrounds, walking/biking trails, parks, and libraries. These trips are more than just an opportunity for recreation and exercise; they help further integrate our students into our community.

For more information about Recreational Programming, please contact Debbie Kennedy or Ric McConnell at 740-773-2165.