Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center

1600 Purdue Drive, (910) 433-1000  
Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm

Where Abilities and dis-Abilities Become POSS-ABILITIES

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The Gilmore TRC offers recreation and leisure programs to persons with disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation offers therapy to improve functional abilities, enhance well-being and facilitate independence; leisure education - to teach or enhance recreation skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life; and recreation participation - to promote health and growth through leisure and recreation experiences. The staff of the TRC uses recreational services and leisure experiences to help people with limitations make the most of their lives - physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.


Gilmore Rec 2SPADES Adult Day Program

Special Populations Adult Day Enrichment Sessions, or S.P.A.D.E.S., is an adult centered program that enhances life satisfaction through a wide variety of activities like exercise, creative/expressive arts, cooking/baking, life/social skills, nature and horticulture therapy, community outings, speakers, and more. This program runs Sept. through May and requires a current participant registration
form and active parental/caregiver communication with Gilmore staff. Spaces are limited; priority is given to returning participants at the beginning of the program each fall. Please attend a SPADES informational meeting or pick up a parent information packet for more details.
18+; Mon.-Fri.; 9:30 am-1:30 pm; $40/month

SPADES Ambassadors Volunteer Program

This opportunity is for current or former SPADES participants who would like to take their involvement and learning to the next level as an Ambassador Volunteer. SPADES Ambassadors will have the opportunity to learn and refine their vocational and leadership skills through volunteering with the SPADES program as well as other opportunities at Gilmore TRC. Limited spots available;
application process includes current or former Gilmore TRC participant status, staff nomination, application/background check and interview. SPADES Ambassadors serve as representatives of Gilmore TRC and must have the willingness and ability to fulfill program requirements as well as adhere to FCPR’s Code of Conduct.
18+; Free

Friends of Gilmore

Do you have a passion for working with children and/or adults with special needs? Do you have a class you would like to teach, a special skill you could share, or simply a desire to volunteer your time working with the special needs community? If so, please consider joining “Friends of Gilmore” volunteer program and help someone in need while gaining many rewarding life experiences of your own. Application process includes referral/recommendation, appropriate skills and experience, application/background
check and interview. Friends of Gilmore volunteers serve as representatives of Gilmore TRC and must have the willingness and ability to fulfill program requirements as well as adhere to FCPR’s Code of Conduct.
18+; Free

Accessing Career Education (ACE) Program

This program offered by Fayetteville Technical Community College offers an educational opportunity for adults with intellectual disabilities. Classes offered include reading, writing, and math with an emphasis on developing vocational skills, effective communication, career exploration and critical thinking skills. Class times vary and are determined by instructor. For more information contact the FTCC Coordinator at (910) 678-0181.
18+; Free

Vision Resource Family Meetings

The Vision Resource Center offers a monthly informal Family Meeting/Luncheon for the visually impaired community in Cumberland County and surrounding counties. Families will be able to meet and share experiences/resources; as well as receive updates on Vision Resource Center monthly activities.
All ages; 4th Thurs. of each month; 11 am-1 pm; Free

Senior Aerobics 

A low-impact class that integrates a variety of cardio and core conditioning exercises for a balanced and invigorating workout. This class demonstrates many different levels of each move so you can pick the level that is best suited to your fitness level. The class wraps up with concentrated
abdominal toning exercises.
55+; Mon.; 10-11 am; Wed. and Fri.; 9-10 am; Free

Senior Line Dancing

Join other dancers and learn some fun Line Dances or just come for the great exercise. Our Line Dance classes are not just "Country Line Dancing". We call it "Line Dancing" for a reason. We play great music from genres including Country, Top 40, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Blues, Funky, Latin, Irish, Swing and much more. You never need a partner but you can bring all your friends and have a lot of fun. Plus, you
get exercise without realizing you are actually exercising!
55+; Mon.; 11 am-noon; Fri.; 10-11 am; Free


Yoga is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation. This twice weekly class meets early enough for you to get still get to work. This class is intended for professionals and care givers.
18+; Tues. and Thurs.; 6:30-7:30 am; $50/month

Therapeutic Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese health practice and exercise art with movements performed very slowly and thoughtfully. It has often been called moving meditation because of its gentle flowing movement. The class includes meditation techniques, stretches, and warm-ups. This class is sponsored by the national Multiple Sclerosis Society and was created to benefit people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Caregivers and friends are welcome. Participants do not have to be MS diagnosed to participate; other diagnoses can participate as well.
18+; Tues.; 8:30-10:30 am; Free

Adaptive Ballet for Adults

Participants have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of Ballet while working on gross motor, balance and coordination skills. This is an introductory course with an opportunity to learn basic ballet positions and movements as well as participate in live performances.
18+; Tues.; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Adaptive Jazz for Adults

Participants have the opportunity to explore the lively music and dance of jazz while working on gross motor, balance and coordination skills. This is an introductory course with an opportunity to learn basic jazz fundamentals and perform live routines.
18+; Wed.; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Adaptive Hip-Hop for Adults

It doesn’t get more fun than this class! Come out and have fun listening to some great music and learning coordinating routines. This is a great way to have fun while getting a workout and keeping fit.
18+; Thurs.; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Creative Sparkle Kids Art Class

This class will expand your child's imagination by engaging them in a creative and hands-on art class. Color, drawing, and painting concepts will be explored in small group settings appropriate for all abilities. All materials provided, participants must register one week in advance
for each class. Class will not meet in Dec.
5-12 yrs; 1st Mon. of each month; 4-4:45 pm; $3/class

Crochet/Knitting Social Hour

This group is for all those who enjoy crocheting and knitting and would like to connect with others with similar interests. Crochet enthusiasts can come together to share ideas, exchange information and meet new friends. This program will be held at Gilmore TRC in partnership with
the Fayetteville Senior Center. Participants should come
with their own materials.
18+; 1st Thurs. of each month; 2-3 pm; Free

Preschool Sensory Sessions

Bring your toddler or preschooler out for full body touch and sensory play. Children can experience burying themselves in ball pools, squeezing through tunnels, tumbling onto soft mats and being squeezed between rollers. These types of sensory play activities all assist with the development of motor and proprioceptive skills.
1-4 yrs with a parent; Thurs.; 9-10 am; Free

Baby Doll Circle Time for Toddlers

This special toddler circle time follows curriculum lessons designed to support a toddler’s executive skills including attention, self-regulation, impulse control and initiative; and the teaching of language and literacy, numbers, spatial awareness, body parts and body awareness, and cooperation. Baby Doll Circle Time’s curriculum is designed to foster bonding between children and secure adult-child relationships; please be prepared to actively participate with your child during each lesson. Call ahead for
information on upcoming sessions.
1-3 yrs with a parent; Thurs.; 9-10 am; Free

Seasonal Craft Corner

Fall into the season of giving with creative homemade craft ideas. These classes will teach basic techniques of scrapbooking, Mason jar creations and more. All materials are provided. Participants must register one week in advance for each class. Class will not meet in Dec.
18+; 3rd Thurs. of each month; 3:30-4:30 pm; $5/class

Adaptive Badminton for Adults

Did you know Badminton is one of the most easily adapted games you can play? Come out and enjoy Open Badminton and get fit, have fun and meet new people! This is noncompetitive and open to all adults with disabilities. Registration form must be on file to participate, schedule
may vary according to availability.
18+; Fri.; 1:30-3:30 pm; Free

Adaptive Open Gym

Enjoy playing basketball? Then come out and practice your skills and get some exercise! This program is for participants with disabilities. A registration form needs to be completed and on file in order to participate. Staff and/or supervision must be provided for participant if needed or upon request by center staff. Program takes place on select afternoons based upon availability.
13+; 3-5 pm; Free

Please Pass the Peas Cooking Class

These classes present an opportunity for participants to socialize and learn their way around the kitchen while working together to prepare a meal. Classes will also emphasize concepts such as nutrition, meal planning, budgeting and safe food handling. Classes are held the second and fourth Thurs. of each month, and participants must register one week in advance for each class.
12+; 2nd and 4th Thurs.; 4-5:30 pm; $5/class

Stress Management Series

This program is great for both participants and caregivers! Throughout this series we will explore ways to help participants develop stress management skills that can be utilized in all settings. Group activities, educational handouts and soothing music will be included throughout
the series. Session lasts 4 weeks and begins Oct. 5.
Registration deadline is Sept. 28.
18+; Wed.; 12:30-1:30 pm; Free

Zentangling II and Pixel Art Too!

Feeling anxious or stressed? Zentangle is a self-help art therapy practice designed to enhance participant’s relaxation and focus. Intricate designs are created using simple patterns and easy step by step instructions. Join us as we create new designs as well as create pixel art using your favorite video game templates! Relax, unwind and get your Zentangle/Pixel on! Registration deadline is Oct. 10.
18+; Mon., Oct. 17; 10-11 am; Free

Sensational Sensory Terrariums

Join us as we create an indoor sensory terrarium featuring a variety of plants and herbs that stimulate all 5 senses. Examples of plants featured include eucalyptus, aloe and palm. Be sure to come back and visit to see how our terrarium is growing and enjoy the sights and smells of the pants and herbs as they thrive. Registration deadline is Nov. 14.
18+; Mon., Nov. 28; 10-11 am; Free

Gilmore Fit Trackers

This program allows adult participants to take charge of their fitness and health goals by demonstrating how to track activities, eating/nutrition, and journaling their progress. Session lasts 6 weeks and begins Jan. 2. Registration deadline is Dec. 30.
18+; Mon.; 12:30-1:30 pm; Free

Sensory Snow Globes

Fine-tune those fine motor skills while creating your own beautiful winter snow globe. Each snow globe will be a unique piece to enjoy or give as a gift. Registration deadline
is Jan. 13.
18+; Mon., Jan. 23; 10 -11 am; Free 


Girls & Guys Nights Out

Participants can enjoy a night out with old friends while making some new ones too! Program focus is on community leisure opportunities, socialization and independence. Outings may include local sports events, movies, restaurants, shopping centers, and attractions. Registration fees will vary according to trip. Departures/pickups leave from Gilmore TRC. Pre-registration is required for all trips,
dates/destinations are subject to change.
13+; Fri.; 5-9 pm; Fee TBA
Jan. 20: Pizza and “Little Mermaid” at Cape Fear Regional Theater
Feb. 24: Dinner and FireAntz Hockey Game

Girls & Guys AI’s

Girls & Guys AI’s (Afternoons In) are here to give participants affordable and increased opportunities to meet new friends and have fun socializing at Gilmore TRC. Participants will enjoy a current movie (PG or PG-13 rating), popcorn and a drink. Registration is required a minimum of one week in advance of each event.
13+; Fri.; Jan. 6; 3:30-6 pm; $5

Kids Zone Community Outings

Meet us out in the community for exciting outings planned for families and children with and without special needs. Outings are designed to foster socialization and social skills through recreation and play. Outings may include local attractions, sensory movies, museums and more. Pre-Registration is required and fees will vary according to trips; call the center for more information on currently planned outings. All participants must be accompanied and transported by an adult.
4-12 yrs with a parent

Gilmore Family Fun Festival

Join us for a fun family event to benefit Special Olympics Cumberland County. Activities will include DJ with dancing, carnival games, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, concessions, and more! Event is held at Gilmore TRC.
All ages; Sat., Dec. 3; 10 am-2 pm

Sparkling Stars Holiday Dinner/Dance

Enjoy the magic of the holidays during our annual Christmas Dance. Bring a side dish to share and enjoy
music, dancing and the enchantment of the holidays. All ages welcome, parents must accompany children 12 and younger. This is a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Cumberland County.
All ages; Fri., Dec. 9; 6-9 pm; $5/ticket or RSVP with a side dish for free entry

Summer Camp Reunion/Indoor Campfire Social

Gilmore TRC will host a mid-year reunion for those who attended or were a part of Camp Challenge/SPADES Summer Adventures. Attendees will have the opportunity
to look through the camp scrapbook, exchange memories, share experiences, and make and enjoy indoor s’mores! Anyone attending is welcome to bring memorabilia or
photos to share. Please RSVP by Jan. 5.
6+; Fri., Jan. 13; 6-7 pm; Free

Cupid’s Arrow Dance

Cupid, draw back your bow, and let your arrow go! Be our special valentine and join us for our Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Dance. Cookies and punch will be served. All ages welcome, parents must accompany children 12 and younger. This is a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Cumberland County.
All ages; Fri., Feb. 10; 6-9 pm; $5/ticket


The Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center is the hub for Special Olympics Cumberland County. Special Olympics Cumberland County is a branch of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC). Special Olympics Cumberland County provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It is the fastest growing program in North Carolina. Participants have the opportunity to train and compete in the Special Olympic Competition in 13 different sports. Practice times and locations vary. Call the Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center at 433-1000 for more information.

SOCC Winter Sports Registration

Registration is Oct.1-Dec. 1. Athletes are required to have a Special Olympic Athlete Participation Form on file, which includes a physical in order to register. Winter sports offered are Basketball and Cheerleading.
8+; Free

SOCC Spring/Summer Sports Registration

Registration is Jan. 1-March 1. Athletes are required to have a Special Olympic Athlete Participation Form on file, which includes a physical in order to register. Spring sports offered are Athletics/Track, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Powerlifting, Volleyball, and Softball. Sports offered may vary dependent upon the schedule created by Special Olympics North Carolina.
8+; Free

SOCC Young Athletes

Special Olympics Cumberland County Young Athletes Program is an inclusive early childhood sports and educational play program for children aged 2 to 7 years old, with and without intellectual disabilities, which includes games, songs and other fun, physical activities. With an emphasis on training and participation through activities and play, rather than competition, our young athletes learn basic sports skills like kicking and throwing a ball, as well as providing children with gross motor skills training, group
interaction and socialization opportunities. These basic skills will prepare the Young Athletes for future
participation in sports. Session lasts 6 weeks and begins Jan.3. Registration deadline is Dec. 30.
2-7 yrs; Tues.; 3:45-4:30 pm; Free