Thornton directly coordinates a variety of sports programs including Archery, Taekwon-Do, Youth Softball Leagues, Adult Softball Leagues, Adult Basketball Leagues, eSports online leagues and tournaments, Skyhawks and SuperTots Youth Sports Camps, Youth Sports Academies for a variety of different sports, swim team (youth and adults), gymnastics, Adaptive and Inclusive (AIR) programs and the new Outdoor Adventure Series for all ages.

In addition, there are several other youth sports leagues that use fields and facilities within Thornton. These can be found by visiting our Other Sports Opportunities page.


Recreational, fast-pitch softball leagues for girls ages 4-17 years old (age on June 1). Registration is in March and April with practices starting the last week in April and games going through July. Practices are at various parks and schools around the city and games are at Riverwalk Ballfield Complex (9830 Riverdale Road). Volunteer coaches are needed, to apply contact:

For more information on girls softball, please click here.

Thornton's Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program offers meaningful recreation opportunities for participants with disabilities. We offer numerous adaptive sport options including various Special Olympics sports. Should an athlete with a disability choose to participate in any of Thornton's sports programs, AIR coordinates inclusion for those programs as well. We are also seeking unified partners (athletes without disabilities) to play in our AIR sports programs. It's a great opportunity for your child to experience diverse abilities in sport and connect with a peer with special needs. Visit our AIR page for more information.

TENNIS  |  AGES 5-18
Thornton offers both group (ages 5-16) and private lessons (ages 5 and up) in the summer at Eastlake Tennis Courts (124th and Fillmore Street). Group lessons are Tuesday and Thursday mornings and private/semi-private lessons are arranged at various times and locations. We also offer a CARA youth tennis team for ages 8-18 with practices at Eastlake on Monday and Wednesday mornings and matches on Fridays at various locations in the North Metro area. Private and semi-private (2-3 students) are also offered at days and times to be arranged by instructors and participants.

Want to have your child experience the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat"? This Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics (CARA) program might just be for them. Practices are at Rocky Top Middle School (138th and York) on Monday and Wednesday mornings or Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the summer. Meets are held on Saturdays in various cities (parents/guardians are responsible for transportation) along the front range. Events are based on age and include high jump, long jump, discus, shot put, hurdles, 50- to 1600-meter runs and others. Please visit CARA Track for more information.

The five tenets of Taekwon-Do are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit! This program is affiliated with the United States Taekwon-Do Federation and meets year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Thornton Community Center, 2211 Eppinger Boulevard. The program is open to youth ages eight and up and adults.

The City of Thornton Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Department has partnered with Mission Control to offer a variety of online sports leagues and tournaments to players of all ages and skill levels. For those of you who do not know, esports is one of the fastest-growing programs in the world. Games such as Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, Rocket League, NBA2K, FIFA, NHL, Madden Football, Fortnite and Call of Duty are available now and more will be added soon. Esports leagues are a lot like other sports leagues; registration is taken, games are scheduled, standings are posted and a champion is crowned! Visit our Esports page for more information.

Thornton has partnered with Skyhawks (ages 4-14) and SuperTots (ages 2-5) Sports to offer several new exciting options for in-person, multi-day, sports camps based around the following sports; baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, golf, cheerleading and more! By the end of each camp, your child will have learned new life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship, made new friends and improved their sports skills preparing them to play for the playground or league play! Please visit the SkyHawks website for a list of upcoming camps and registration information.

Group lessons are offered in the summer for participants ages eight and up at the new archery range located at Spratt-Platte Lake, 100th and McKay Road. The range is also open to the public on a drop-in basis free of charge.

Sports Academies are a great way to introduce your young athlete to a variety of different sports. Participants concentrate on learning the fundamentals in a fun, low-key setting. Sports include basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, archery, lacrosse, badminton and more. Classes are eight weeks long and typically meet twice per week. Please see the current flyer for more information.

This new program is designed to get kids out of the house to explore the wonders of nature! Classes include GPS Treasure Hunt, Beginner Nature Photography, Learn to Fish Class, Grandparent/Grandchild Hikes and Museum Tours, Dinner Hikes and more. Please click here to see current programs offered.

Our year-round recreational gymnastics team, affiliated with the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth, ages 7-18, to the fun and excitement of competitive gymnastics. Our coaches use the latest techniques and drills for optimal progressions on all the Olympic events.  They strive to promote healthy competition, good sportsmanship and life lessons. Participants must pass the Pre-Team evaluation to join the Thornton Twisters team. For more information contact Susan Ludwig, Gymnastics Specialist, at

Our year-round recreational swim team, affiliated with the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth, ages 6-18, to the fun and excitement of competitive swimming. Our coaches work hard to teach skills and techniques that will improve efficiency in the water. They strive to promote competition as well as sportsmanship. Participants do not have to have competitive experience, but must be able to swim a full 50-yards (two lengths) in a competitive, correct freestyle stroke and also exhibit the ability to swim for 45-minutes in a coached setting. Tryouts are held on an individual basis. Thornton CARA swim team is currently full. As openings occur, we will contact individuals from the waitlist. Please visit our CARA Swim page for more information.

Thornton is proud to bring you a top-notch Masters Swimming and Fitness program. This swim fitness program is for individuals age 18 and older who enjoy swimming in a structured program. The program benefits those who swim for fun and fitness and those who swim for competition. It will improve your physical fitness and refine your competitive swimming technique. The price of admission to the facility is the only fee for participation. However, those wishing to compete in Colorado Masters Swimming Association meets must pay all costs in doing so, including annual dues.

Coed and men's "D" divisions are offered May-July and August-October with games played at the new Riverwalk Ballfield Complex, 9831 Riverdale Road. Please contact for more information.

Men's "D" league is offered January-March at the Community Center, 2211 Eppinger Boulevard with registration starting in December. Please contact for more information.