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Recreation Services

The Recreation Services Department offers a wide range of recreational facilities and activities in a modern, therapeutic environment and is housed mainly in the Harold Watson Activities Building. Activity choices range from highly-competitive athletics to noncompetitive sporting games and the creative arts.

Clients participate in a leisure assessment/interest inventory to help them

  • learn about the variety of activities the Rec Hall has to offer
  • explore areas of interest
  • recognize their functioning level for a variety of activities, and
  • identify awareness of community resources and how to access them
  • give feedback and suggestions to Rec staff about future programming

WWRC recreation staff promote leisure and recreation experiences as valuable dimensions of health and wellness as these apply to vocational readiness. Structured and unstructured activities are designed to offer all clients the opportunity to become involved. For clients who may benefit socially, emotionally, physically or mentally, special structured programs may be recommended and implemented on an individual or group basis.  Programming of this nature is designed to assist clients in transitioning to campus life and integrating into the evening leisure and social life.

photo of basketballAthletic activities are scheduled for both team and individual participation.  Team Sports include: Volleyball, Basketball, Football, Softball and Bowling Leagues.

The Fitness Center is open during week day evenings and at scheduled times over the weekend. Examples of fitness programs:

  • Fitness Orientation
  • Yoga
  • Dance Team

WWRC is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Our staff take advantage of various seasonal outdoor recreation that is available in the area. Seasonal outdoor recreation programs include:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Gardening
  • Cookouts
  • Fishing
  • Boating

One of our most popular areas for students is our creative arts department. The Creative Arts bring light fun and entertainment to WWRC’s atmosphere of learning and therapy. Activities offered include:

  • Crafts
  • Photography
  • Music lessons
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Painting
  • Stain glass
  • Tie dye
  • Pottery

While our campus allows for us to host a variety of programs and activities right here at WWRC, we also provide a variety of trips off campus in the local community. The trips are provided to enrich the client’s experience during their stay at WWRC. These include:

  • Community art shows
  • Community theatre productions
  • Shopping trips
  • Summer Extravaganza
  • Queen City Mischiefs and Magic
  • Snow Tubing
  • Ice-skating
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Night2Shine
  • Weekly Wal-mart and Target runs

A wide range of interest groups and clubs are offered to assist students in getting involved on campus. This provides a creative medium for self-development of our students. These include:

  • Theater
  • Singing
  • Gardening
  • Volunteering
  • Intramurals
  • American Sign Language
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Guitar
  • Dance

Each month the rec hall hosts a special event for the entire WWRC population. These events are planned and organized with the assistance of the students. These events include:

  • Dances
  • Talent shows
  • Fall Fest
  • Carnivals
  • Winter Games
  • Summer Games
  • Las Vegas Night
  • Cookouts
  • Student vs. Staff

We strive to provide our students activities that promote self-esteem, independent living skills, and leisure education.  If you are interested in an activity or hobby that you do not see here, clients may make requests of the student liaison for assistance in organizing a club or event co-sponsored by the Recreation Services Department.


The Recreation Services Department also provides Recreation Therapy as an ancillary service to those in the Medical Rehabilitation Program.  The Medical Recreation Therapist provides treatment opportunities which offer the client a chance to expand leisure interests with a focus on rehabilitation goals through adaptive techniques and practice.  Through this approach, the professional takes in consideration all facets of the person being physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual.   

The Recreation Services Department focuses on the benefits of leisure.   The staff and client work on the soft skills such as team work, skill development, social skills, confidence, self- esteem, accepting feedback, following instructions, being on time, and communication skills. Programs are planned and implemented to meet the needs of the clients from the results of the Leisure Diagnostic Battery test and re-evaluated at the end of their program.   All progress is documented in AWARE from Wrap around support groups and the PREP Leisure Education and skill development program.

Recreation Services Amenities

Indoor Recreational Options:

  • Auditorium
  • Four-lane bowling alley
  • Billiard tables
  • Table tennis
  • Gymnasium
  • Television lounge
  • Fitness room
  • Art room
  • Swimming pool
  • Heated therapy pool
  • Wii gaming equipment
  • Playstation gaming equipment
  • Wide variety of games for gaming systems
  • Portable TV with vcr/dvd player
  • Wide variety of vhs/dvd movies for loan
  • Wireless Internet in Recreation Building and Dormitory Lobbies

Outdoor Facilities:

  • Basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • Softball field
  • Volleyball court
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Fishing piers
  • Star Trail - fully accessible ½ mile hiking trail surrounding a fishing lake
  • boathouse containing
    • Rowboats
    • Beavers boat
    • Jon-boat
    • Canoes
    • Paddle boats
    • Kayak
    • Bellyak

Indoor Activities Offered:

  • Karaoke
  • Wide variety of board and card games
  • Movies
  • Puzzles
  • Reading
  • Baking/ Cooking
  • Arts/ Crafts
    • Painting ceramic
    • Drawing
    • Coloring
    • Stained Glass
    • Knitting
    • Sewing
  • Biking
  • Yoga
  • Bowling
  • Bingo
  • Frisbee
  • Cornhole
  • Spikeball
  • Kam Jam

Therapies/ Groups:

  • CABs – Controlling Angers and Behaviors
  • Socialization through Recreation
  • Medical Recreation Therapy Individualized Treatment
  • Coping Cart
  • Sensory Room
  • Leisure Education
  • Skill Set
  • Yoga/ Chair yoga


Internships are offered to instate and out of state Therapeutic Recreation Majors.  For more information contact 540-332-7270

Contact Information

Email: Recreation Services

Phone: 800-345-9972, Ext. 5403327270 or 540-332-7270 | TTY 800-811-7893

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