After School Activities in the Upstate for Special Needs Kid’s #Autism #Greenville #SC #CarolinaKids

Looking for some after school activities for special needs children in the Upstate?

TopSoccer Program at Clemson playing at Nettles Park in Clemson, SC

TopSoccer in Clemson SC begins on September 10th – October 29th, each Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm at Nettles Park. You can register online here.  The cost is $20…

Top Soccer in Taylors

Greenville TOPSoccer Dates For Fall 2014 Season


We will meet on the following Sundays:

October 5, 2014

October 12, 2014

October 26, 2014

November 9, 2014

November 16, 2014

December 7, 2014

Carolina Indoor Soccer

255 Mills St. Taylors SC

864 907 2910


TOP Soccer is for Players with special needs and we use Buddies to assist them with the activities.  Buddies do not need to be experienced soccer players.  They only need a desire to help others.

More information is available at the CESA website (

There is never a charge to participate.

We only ask Players to complete a registration form available at and bring the form to check in.

And the South Carolina Youth Soccer website

For Buddies we only ask that you to sign in when you come to help.

At TOPSoccer we function in a very relaxed fashion.

No reservations required, just come ready to have fun.

 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Buddy Basketball at the Easley YMCA

Buddy Basketball at the Easley YMCA will begin on September 23rd-October 28th on Tuesday’s from 6:00-7:00 pm..The cost is $10. Geared toward 5-12 year-olds

Foothills Gymnastics & Cheer Center: $30 registration fee and will meet this year every other Saturday, beginning on September 6th…all details are in the works…Stay tuned for more details..Visit their website for further details.

Upstate Carolina Dance Center: FREE classes with a registration fee…6:45 – 7:30 on Wednesday’s.

The Mauldin Miracle League‘s Fall season began on September 6th.  You can register online.

Mauldin Miracle League

Please remember the Mauldin Miracle League

for your tax deductible charitable donations.

We’re an all volunteer organization and 100%

of all donations go directly to benefit the children.

 Eden Farms – Equine Therapy

4700 Dacusville Highway, Marietta, SC 29661
email :

Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center is one of only five PATH International (formerly NARHA) Premier Accredited Centers in South Carolina and the only one in the Upstate.  As such, we adhere to strict industry standards, which allows us to serve the Upstate in a safe consistent manner.


We offer therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with lessons tailored to suit the individuals needs. Lessons typically last around 30 minutes and can include grooming and saddling as well as riding.

Although not typically listed as special needs, Lowes Build and Grow Workshop’s and Home Depot Kid’s Clinics are fun free and therepeutic for my son. He can socially interact with other children and create a really cool project to take home.

Don’t miss Sensory Storytime at the Hughes Library, too!

Special Needs Events in the UpstateUpstate Challenger is an excellent resource for special needs sports activities.  See below their list of Upstate programs offered for special needs children.:

Upstate Challenger Logo

OH! The thrill of putting on a baseball uniform for the big game each week! Upstate Challenger Sports has offered this opportunity through our Challenger baseball program since 1999. The rules are simple- every player bats each inning and every player plays the field. We don’t count strikes or outs. Everybody scores and everybody wins.

Players learn the importance of teamwork, develop self-esteem and build friendships with their peers. Our coaches adapt to the skill level of each player to ensure a fun and exciting experience for everyone. Players are paired with a “buddy” who assists as little or as much as needed. The awards party at the end of the season is always an exciting time as each player is presented a trophy for their accomplishments.
Sign-ups are held each February. The registration fee is $35. The season runs from mid-March through the end of May.
Down the court and through the hoop! Challenger basketball teaches the fundamentals of basketball at any skill level. Now in its third season, players enjoy weekly practices that help them learn to dribble and shoot like the pros. With the support of coaches and buddies, players’ exercise, run drills and play mini-games. Each player is awarded a trophy at the end of the season. Sign-ups are held each December. The registration fee is $15. The season runs from the beginning of January through the end of February.
Join our spirit squad! Cheerleaders learn chants and cheers and even a dance routine. Our season runs from August through September with one practice and one game each week. Sign-ups are held in July. The registration fee is $15 for returning participants and $35 for new participants.
In January 2008, Upstate Carolina Dance Center in Powdersville began sponsoring a weekly 50-minute dance class that teaches creative movement and hip-hop and allows participants to express themselves through the art of dance. Each week dancers learn new moves and practice steps from previous weeks all building up to the recital in May. Registration is held in August. For more information, call Upstate Carolina Dance Center at 864-220-0684 or visit

Flag football
Upstate Challenger Sports flag football program began in August 2008 thanks to the generosity of the Cleveland Browns Foundation and the Greenville Browns’ Backers Club.  Sign-ups are held in July.  Our season runs during the months of August and September.  The registration fee for returning participants is $15 and $35 for new participants.

GOAL!!!! Challenger soccer teaches the fundamentals of soccer while having lots of fun! Players enjoy weekly practices that help them learn to play like the pros. With the support of coaches and buddies, players’ exercise, run drills and play mini-games. Each player is awarded a trophy at the end of the season. Sign-ups will be held in September. The registration fee is $15. The season runs from the beginning of October through mid November.

Each summer, Upstate Challenger Sports partners with Southern Oaks golf pro Wayne Myers to offer a 3-day golf clinic. Participants enjoy learning how to swing a golf club, hit from a tee and practice putting. At the end of the clinic, participants are awarded trophies. Dates are determined by Southern Oaks. There is no fee, but registration is required.

Columbia Area:

Fortress Martial Arts & Fitness
Fortress offers Special Force Karate for kids with special healthcare needs. The program works with individuals on motor, cognitive, sensory and social skills through the practice of karate.
(Lexington, SC) p. (803)957-9208

Dream Riders
An accredited PATH International horseback riding program that provides an opportunity for people with special healthcare needs to benefit from equine assisted activities in a safe environment.
p. (803)957-7906

Autism On The Seas
Autism on the Seas has been in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International since 2007 in developing cruise vacation services to accommodate adults and families living with children with Special Needs, including but not limited to, Autism, Asperger Sydnrome, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and all congitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

National Sports Center for the Disabled
Children and adults with disabilities participate in programs to learn more about sports and themselves. Specially trained staff and volunteers teach a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis.
Pineview PAL Baseball League
The PAL League program provides an opportunity for children ages 4 and up with intellectual and/or physical challenges to play baseball. With a specially designed rubber turf fields, the Miracle Field makes dreams come true for children with special healthcare needs.
p. (803)791-3849
Special Olympics South Carolina
Provides sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
p. (803) 772-1555
Strikers Soccer Program
Strikers is a soccer program uniquely designed for children with special needs. Players will learn how the game is played, all while developing sportsmanship, soccer skills and having fun! All matches will be played at the BB&T soccer complex in Irmo on Sunday afternoons. To can get more information about the Strikers and sign-up for the fall season, click here.

Enjoy these fun,fall activities for your special needs child in the Upstate!


About Karen @The Mommy Times

Mom of 2 boys in South Carolina, autism advocate and product review blogger. I love to share about events for families in the Carolinas and special needs programs.

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