Special Populations Programs

Welcome to the City of Winston-Salem Special Populations Unit webpage!

So what is Special Populations and how can it benefit you, your family, and community? So happy you asked!

The Special Populations Unit offers specialized recreation services to individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities year round. We are also home of the Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Special Olympics Forsyth County. Our outlook as professionals in this field and department is to provide greater opportunities to the community members we serve through programs, fundraisers, camps, and so much more!


We offer educational, recreational, leisure and inclusive programs. Click on the Special Pops Program tab located on the right hand side to check them out!

Below is a listing of other opportunities we offer through the Special Populations Unit. Feel free to check them out!

Camp Discovery

Special Olympics

Student Success:

If you are a student who is seeking a Practicum or Internship, please see below the Packets to complete. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Practicum Student Packet [pdf/12p]

Special Populations Unit Internship Packet [pdf/13p]

Internship/Volunteer Application [fillable PDF]

Carlie Pudney CTRS/ LRT, Special Olympics Forsyth County Coordinator and Therapeutic Recreation Program Supervisor. (Fall, Spring, and Summer Intern Supervisor)

Phone: 336-727-2425 or Email:

Katie Andrew CTRS/LRT, Senior Recreation Leader

Phone: 336-727-2975 or Email:

Keshia Holmes, Playfield Leader

Phone: 336-727-2431 Email:

Special Populations News

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Come and visit us at 2301 North Patterson Ave to find out about Special Olympics registration, volunteering, and upcoming events.

The Black Phillips Smith Government Center also serves as a convenient, one-stop, user-friendly City Hall satellite for you to pay for your water bill, city mortgages, parking tickets, and yard-waste cart stickers. We also have a fully functional computer lab available for your use outside of the hours from 10a-Noon Monday-Thursday. For more information about any of our programs call City Link at 727-8000.


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