Special Needs Programming

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The City of Newport Beach is proud to serve participants with special needs. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy an assortment of activities through our recreation classes and programs as well as specialized adaptive recreation programs. Check out below for a list of classes as well as local resources.


Basketball Buddies with Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle OC Basketball Buddies teaches kids and young adults with special needs the fundamentals of basketball while making new friends! Participants are paired with a teen volunteer who helps them learn and practice their skills. A scrimmage game is played each session. Program repeats one Sunday each month throughout the school year.

Camp with Friendship Circle

At Friendship Circle camp, children who have special needs have their school breaks transformed into an exciting camp experience. The fun-filled camp features a variety of activities, games, and sports, as well as field trips. Of course, our dedicated volunteers will be there to assist the children one-on-one, giving them an incredible experience. It's a time where children and volunteers build great friendships that they cherish and remember for a lifetime. This camp is available one week per summer and over the holiday break each winter.

Register at www.friendshipoc.org

Soccer Stars with Friendship Circle

Soccer Stars is for those with physical and developmental disabilities who want to learn to play soccer. Participants will be paired with a teen volunteer who will assist them in gaining confidence with their skills. Everyone takes part in a scrimmage. Program repeats one Sunday each month throughout the school year.

Sunday Circle with Friendship Circle

Join the Friendship Circle, and come together for a variety of entertainment, recreation and enrichment activities. This program offers a unique opportunity for children and teens to gain skills and confidence from group activities while still receiving one-on-one attention from their buddies. The Sunday Circle program helps to teach children everything from gross motor and cognitive techniques to communication and language skills. Specialized activities raise the spirits and promote creativity, while sports activities exercise gross motor skills and promote physical fitness. Program repeats one Sunday each month throughout the year.


We are looking for contract instructors to teach to the special needs population. If you have relevant experience or expertise, please consider submitting a contract instructor proposal or call 949-644-3151 for more information.



List of local resources.