Day brings families with special needs together at Sportsman Lake Park

Will Hogue

CULLMAN – On Saturday afternoon at Sportsman Lake Park the Cullman Autism and Special Needs Family Support Group held a Family Fun Day for the second straight year.          

According to co-founder of the support group, Rhonda West-Davis, around 20 families attended the event.          

“This (support group) helps all of us to get together and share,” Davis said. “We enjoy something like this, a park like this, just like any other typical family would. We have to have the support around us, everyone is watching each other’s children, and adults.”          

Davis said she started the Cullman Autism and Special Needs Family Support Group around 14 years ago when she and her family realized there weren’t any support groups in Cullman. So she and some other families came together and formed a group.          

You can visit the Facebook page for the group by visiting          

The event was spread out around the Sportsman Lake Park campus, with the Veteran’s Pavilion, putt-putt course, splash pad, playground and even the train all being utilized on Saturday afternoon to brighten up the lives of those participating in the family fun day.