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About Us

The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of all ages. The Association produces, provides and coordinates public recreation programs, "wellness" activities and community events. The Association commits itself to monitoring the recreation needs of the community and instituting change where appropriate.

Our Mission

The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of all ages. The Association produces, provides and coordinates public recreation programs, "wellness" activities and community events. The Association commits itself to monitoring the recreation needs of the community and instituting change where appropriate.

Our Philosophy of Service

The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association will be timely and responsive in addressing the needs and concerns of the community. We recognize our customers want us to meet their needs with quality and reliability, and they want their opinions and suggestions to be heard and valued. We acknowledge every customer is different and we strive to treat our customers the way they want to be treated. We welcome and accept the responsibility and accountability for providing the best quality customer service possible.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Coaches, parents, participants and fans are required by the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association to abide by a strict code of prudent behavior at Recreation Center activities. Any conduct outside these lines will force the Association to take necessary action.

Examples of non-prudent behavior would include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  1. Fighting 
  2. Abusive Language (Can Be Nonverbal) 
  3. Confronting a Referee/Umpire/Staff Member 
  4. Unsportsmanlike Conduct 
  5. Misuse of Equipment 

Examples of necessary action would include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  1. Asked to Leave the Area Immediately 
  2. Prohibited from Recreation Association Sponsored Programs for a Set Period of Time

Fundamental Business Philosophies For The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association

  1. Strive for excellence in everything we do.
  2. Be service oriented for the residents of the community, sponsors and business partners and each other.
  3. Exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit.
  4. Establish and stick to clear priorities.
  5. Maintain a willingness to grow, question and to change.
  6. Seek a community consensus whenever possible.
  7. Reach out to those we serve and to those with whom we work.
  8. Build partnerships.
  9. Engage in disciplined planning, but be unafraid to act intuitively.
  10. Embrace the responsibilities of leadership.

Island Recreation Association Policies

Registration Policy

  • Anyone with a past due balance in our child care program will not be able to register for the summer camp until the balance in paid in full.
  • Anyone with a past due balance who has been granted a scholarship for extra-curricular activities (i.e. soccer) will be required to pay full price until past due balance is paid in full.
  • There will be a fee of $20 assessed for any returned check.

Cancellation Policy

  • Refunds will be given for cancellations made before the start of the program. Administration fees may be assessed. 
  • After the program has begun, refunds will be given at the discretion of the program director and/or business manager.

Transgender Policy

The Island Recreation Association provides inclusive programs to all children who differ in various characteristics.  We don't discriminate regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ability.

  • The Island Recreation Association allows transgender children to participate in recreational programs which correspond to their gender identity on a case by case and season by season basis, and with the Island Recreation Association's Board approval.
  • For registration purposes on gender-based programs, a child may register with the gender and name with which the child identifies and confirmation sufficient for guaranteeing access shall be satisfied by documentation or evidence that shows the stated gender is sincerely held, and part of the child's core identity.

History

In 1977, the Hilton Head Rotary Club recognized current recreational programs provide by the county government were not meeting the needs of the community’s youth. The Club then decided to provide recreation programs to the youth by funding and building the Island Youth Center (now known as Creation Station). The Rotary Club also funded the operation of the Center in the early years.

By 1984, the recreation needs of the island had grown to include residents of all ages, which lead to the Island Youth Center’s evolvement into the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association. The Association's Board of Directors was instrumental in attaining land and funding for the construction of the Island Recreation Center. The Association has since been operating the Island Recreation Center.

Once again in 1990, realizing the ever-expanding recreation needs of the community, the Association joined forces with the SHARE Senior Center to provide programs to this special segment of our island's population. In 2013, SHARE became Hilton Head Island Senior Center under the direction of the Island Recreation Association.

The Island Rec Center is looking to renovate and expand. The groundbreaking on January 5, 17 has taken 12 years of hard work by Island Recreation Association’s Board of Directors, many community volunteers and the support of Town Council and staff. Renovations and expansion will include; a new gymnasium, classrooms, new playground, fitness equipment, indoor walking track, renovated restrooms, pool restroom facilities, and more!