Designed and developed for the special needs kids ages 8 and up. These camps take place at collegiate or professional athletic training facilities and are taught by collegiate athletes, along with current and former professional athletes. The camps are free of charge. Please contact the camp for further details and to be invited to participate.
967 Spring Grove Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43235
The website has information on a wide range of health topics, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
Provides affordable access to bicycles and cycling-related resources to those who rely on bikes as their sole means of transportation. They offer new and pre-owned bikes, parts, tools and cycling gear, free maintenance classes, an open repair shop and group rides. They also accept donations.
934 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities and mentoring.
A soccer program for youth ages 3 to 15 years old. The program offers opportunities year-round for children to join a soccer club, get private lessons and one-on-one training, as well as opportunities to participate in group sessions. Children learn the game of soccer, establish passion for the game and improve their technical ability. There is a minimal cost. Visit the website for contact information.
Field Address: 2845 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232 (Nafzger Park)
The Columbus Public Health Healthy Places Program has provided walking maps for neighborhoods throughout the city to add more physical activity to everyday life.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Works with Columbus area childcare centers and partners to prevent childhood overweight and obesity by improving food and physical activity for children from birth to 5 years old. Their website also has free information about ways to stay active, healthy beverages, healthy food and more that are age appropriate for children from birth to kindergarten.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-1224 or (614) 645-0261
Columbus has parks and recreation centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. They provide a variety of programs, camps and classes for children, teens and adults. Click below to find local programs in your neighborhood.
Offer year-round hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families (including military families).
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
Helps families keep their bikes in good working order through its free Open Shop program in which people repair their own bicycles with help from a volunteer mechanic. Youth helmets are free and refurbished bikes and new and used parts can be purchased at an affordable rate.
897 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
A ten-week program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade in which they develop a life-long appreciation for health and fitness. Trained coaches lead small teams through activities, running games and lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. The program ends with the girls doing a community service project and completing a 5K event. They also offer a summer camp for girls in 3rd-5th grade.
1145-L Chesapeake Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Offers online toolkits to educate the community on the issues of obesity and other negative health outcomes, by offering offering ways to support a healthy diet, creative play, and a creative environment for children’s development and growth. They have many practical tips on nutrition and staying healthy and active.
A faith-based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include a teen club, open basketball gym, low cost summer camp, free legal clinic and more. Visit the website or call for program locations.
Buddy Ball is a baseball league that runs from May through June for children and adults with developmental or physical disabilities (ranging from autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs). Each player has a Buddy to assist them with whatever help they need to play the game. The fees are minimal, and financial scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
Physical Address: 3400 Ventura Boulevard, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Mailing Address: PO Box 493, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts opportunities. They also offer teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio. They also provide a Franklin County Home Repair program low- and moderate-income homeowners, home energy efficiency and safety services at no cost to income-eligible homeowners and renters, and information on air quality.
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Free Home Energy Efficiency & Safety Services: (614) 621-1171
A medically-supervised, wellness program that teaches children who have health problems ways to practice healthy habits at home by using play and fitness plans designed just for them. Children are referred to this program by their healthcare provider and the cost is billed to their medical insurance.
A free youth development program dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged children in the Columbus community. Their programs include a sports summer camp for youth ages 9 to 15, a youth leadership academy that prepares youth ages 15-18 for college and future careers, and community-based sports clinics throughout the year. Transportation is free to all campers via buses.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
Explore events happening around you on the trails of Ohio. This website was created by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Trails Partnership. With more than 5,000 of miles of trails (biking, hiking, running, walking, water trails, and equestrian), Ohio has a lot of opportunities to get out and explore.
A club whose goal is to create positive sports environments fostering social integration, healthy living, and greater self-confidence for children and young adults with special needs. Children and young adults with special needs play sports with volunteers at Ohio State University. Visit the website to find more RallyCap Sports programs in other Ohio cities.
(732) 391-2282 or (419) 708-4214
OSU Chapter: rcsosu.org / facebook.com/RallyCapSportsOSU
Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.
Provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. TAASC is also known as Adaptive Sports Connection.
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
Disabled Sports USA: disabledsportsusa.org
National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD): nscd.org
Offers personal training, group training and fitness classes for people with special neurological, developmental or physical needs. These opportunities are offered in a special fitness center designed to meet their needs to encourage optimal levels of health and fitness for life.
6631 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017
This free program is offered at several locations throughout Columbus to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Families and children can join a doctor and other people looking to improve their health at these free Walk With a Doc events each week.
495 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, juvenile justice, housing, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations