Having the opportunity to socialize, participate in recreation activities and to be a part of the community is incredibly important to the wellbeing of the individuals we serve at GCBDD, and we are proud to provide a wide variety. Social opportunities include the Special Olympics, Aktion Club, dinner club, dance, water aerobics, recreational outings, overnight camping and more. All of these programs help our clients become civic-minded members of our community.
The Aktion Club is open to all clients of the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of West Geauga. The Aktion Club’s mission is to provide adults living with disabilities with the opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities.
To get more information about the Aktion Club or about joining, visit www.aktionclub.org/join.aspx.
The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Dinner Club meets once a month in two different locations. Club members get together to eat, socialize and have fun. To join the Dinner Club, contact the Metzenbaum Recreation Department at 440.729.9406.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries and millions more volunteers and supporters. It is also a global social movement.
Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social and psychological development of all participating athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into their homes, jobs and communities. At the GCBDD, every athlete’s goal is to be a good sport, do their best in every activity, make new friends and have fun.
The GCBDD’s Special Olympics teams include volleyball, track and field, soccer, softball, individual and team bowling, swimming, basketball and golf. Approximately 120 athletes currently participate on these teams.
If you or your loved one would like to sign up for a Special Olympics team, please contact Bonnie Veleba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy, as well as participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
December – February. Practice is normally at Wembley Club in Bainbridge. The area event is the beginning of November and the State meet is the middle of December.
October – February. There are many games scheduled against other organizations throughout the season. The playoffs take place during the end of February. If Metzenbaum Center athletes win, they proceed to the State Championship at the end of March.
February – April. Practices are held at Ernst Lanes. The area event takes place in May.
February – April. A team consists of two or four players. The state meet for this sport is the end of October. Practices are held at Ernst Lanes.
March – May. It is slightly modified, so that the ball is bigger and softer and the server may move into the court to serve the ball. The area event is in the beginning of May.
Track and Field
March – May. There are all sorts of events that are offered, including walking, running, wheelchair competition, softball throw, long jump and relays. The area event is in the beginning of May.
June – July. This is a unified sport, meaning each athlete is paired up with a partner from the community. They use one ball and will alternate shots until the ball is holed out. The area event is at the beginning of August in Olmstead Falls.
July – September. A team consists of no more than 15 players. Games are scheduled against other teams throughout the season. The area event is held in August and the State event takes place in the middle of September.
July – September. The games are played with two teams consisting of five players each with one player as goalkeeper.