PARKLAND, FL- In 2002, members of the Parkland community and Parkland Recreation (P-Rec) identified a need. Despite the excellent athletic opportunities available to the general public in Parkland, the special needs community was lacking an outlet for participation. Soccer, the first ever Parkland Buddy Sport, began its inaugural season.

Sixteen years later, they are still going strong. Parkland Buddy Sports has created an inclusive community where there are no limits to what can be done. Heading into 2019, the program includes 8 sports with 150 players and over 200 volunteers participating.

One of the unique aspects of Parkland Buddy Sports is that joining is free, and participants don’t need to be from Parkland. Any special needs child in the area is eligible for the program. Parkland Buddy Sports athletes come from everywhere in South Florida, from Wellington in the north to Miami in the south.

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Parkland Buddy Sports will host two special events this month. They will host their 2nd Annual Buddies Valentine’s Day Dance on February 10, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 at the P-Rec center. Parkland Buddy Sports is also participating as a team in the MSD Heroes Challenge Obstacle Race and Yoga Event on February 23, 2019.  They have their own obstacle course race heat for specially abled athletes at 10:30 a.m. There is still room to join their team.  

Local sponsors and volunteers form a tremendous team that allows the Parkland Buddy Sports to operate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. To learn more about how to support or participate in Parkland Buddy Sports, please visit