Open Recreation

Open recreation time allows a person interested in a sport to work in a non-intimidating environment with hands-on instruction. Whether you are a person who has enjoyed a sport in the past or are interested in acquiring a new hobby, open recreation is a perfect opportunity to try a sport. There is a nominal $5 fee for each activity. Scholarships are available based upon need.

Open recreation times also provide Madonna inpatients and outpatients with the opportunity to work on skilled therapy from standing or wheelchair-level positions while engaged in activities. The following sports are offered monthly:

Adaptive Fishing: Offered the first Monday of each month from June-October at Holmes Lake, 70th Street and Normal Blvd. You can experience fishing with Madonna’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation team. They will help participants learn or relearn to cast, reel and release from standing or wheelchair levels. Adaptive fishing poles are available.

Billiards: Offered the first Monday of each month from November-May at Calvert Recreation Center, 4500 Stockwell Street in Lincoln. Participants will learn or relearn basic skills for billiards, from a standing or wheelchair level. In addition to billiards, participants play shuffleboard, ping-pong or foosball. Adaptive techniques and equipment provided.

Tennis: Offered the second Monday of each month at the Woods Tennis Center, 33rd & J. Participants will learn basic skills and adaptations with a professional instructor provided by Woods Tennis Center. Standing or wheelchair-level participants work on ball/racquet forehand, backhand and volley drills.

Golf: Offered the third Monday of each month from April-October at Ager Golf Course, 3761 Normal Blvd. Participants will be able to utilize the driving range as well as the pitch and putt green. Participants will learn basic skills such as grip, swing and the use of adaptive clubs if needed for those using a wheelchair or adaptive golf cart. Instruction will presented by a golf pro or Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital personnel.

Bowling: Offered the fourth Monday of each month at Parkway Lanes, 2555 S. 48th Street. Participants will learn or relearn basic skills for bowling. Participants will have the opportunity to bowl standing or at wheelchair level. Adaptive bowling equipment provided.

Please see our Event Calendar for a complete list of open recreation activities. For more information, contact Rick Haith at 402-413-3722 or

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 413-3000
Toll-Free: (800) 676-5448