Sports & Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation department helps children who have a chronic medical condition or disability develop skills and knowledge needed to be involved in the recreation and leisure activities. The TR department provides an inpatient program to work with children during their hospital stay, ambulatory clinic consults to work with children as part of their clinic appointment and community outreach programs to connect our patients to resources in the community.

Programs and Outreach

The Therapeutic Recreation department provides a variety of programs designed to train, educate and support children so that they may be involved in recreation and leisure activities. In addition to educating patient families and the community about inclusion. TSRHC's community outreach programs include:

  • Learn to Golf

Learn to Golf is a program that gives TSRHC hospital patients with physical challenges a hands-on introduction to the game of golf. The program provides the tools and instruction needed for patients to participate in and reap the rehabilitative benefits of the game. Learn More.

  • Summer All Stars

Summer All Stars is a six week program for TSRHC patients ages 6 to 14. It emphasizes fun, fitness, healthy competition and team spirit through inclusive sports and activities, such as basketball, golf and tennis. Learn More.

  • Chance to Dance

Chance to Dance is a program designed to introduce TSRHC patients between the ages of 5 -12 to various types of dance, including modern, jazz, salsa and ballet. Children learned various dance movements from countries around the world. Classes are taught by professional dance instructors. Learn More

  • Adapted Cycle Evaluations (see photos and video below)

Patients with physical challenges may require adapted equipment to participate with family and friends in typical recreational activities. This is often true when it comes to riding a bike. Fortunately TSRHC serves as an AmTryke demonstration site and has therapists available to conduct the necessary evaluation in order for a patient to obtain an adapted cycle from an AMBUCS Chapter. National AMBUCS, Inc. is a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. Part of their mission is provide AmTryke therapeutic tricycles to individuals unable to operate a traditional bike.

  • Recreational Camps 

The goals of camp are for TSRHC patients to foster independence and self-confidence, while developing and improving communication and problem solving skills in an enjoyable "can do" setting. Campers are supervised 24 hours a day by counselors made up of staff and volunteers from TSRHC. Learn More.

Jas. F. Chambers, Jr. Youth Fitness Park

TSRHC's four-acre park was created to provide a safe outdoor area for patients and families to play. The park features a tennis court, three adjustable height basketball goals, a quarter-mile walking/wheeling trail, three disc golf baskets, a bocce ball court, a putting green, a veranda with tables and chairs, a pavilion with restrooms and water fountains and a beautiful lawn for games.

Patients and families may use our play equipment located in a cart at the Chambers Park Pavilion. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week, and children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Therapeutic Recreation Internship 

Scottish Rite Hospital offers a therapeutic recreation internship to students studying therapeutic recreation and/or taking classes in order to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

Our therapeutic recreation internship is a 15-week non-paid program to help prepare students for an entry-level position in therapeutic recreation. Interns work 40 hours per week and have the opportunity to work with inpatients and outpatients, as well as assist with community outreach programs. Our internship builds on what is learned in the classroom to prepare the student for success in whatever setting they choose to practice therapeutic recreation.

Our internship prepares students for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam, which each student must pass in order to become a CTRS.

Interns must complete the application process and schedule an interview. For more information, please contact Dana R. Dempsey, MS, CTRS, at 214-559-7615 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7615 or e-mail dana.dempsey@tsrh.org.

Next Available TR Internship: Spring 2018 and Summer 2018