Adapted Physical Education Community Programs

The Physical Education Department offers a variety of physical activity opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. All programs begin the third week in September. Registration is required, so call early as some programs have limited enrollments.

All programs are held in the Park Center at SUNY Cortland. Programs are staffed by students majoring in physical education and supervised by adapted physical education faculty.

Monday Night Sports and Splash
6-8 p.m.

This gym and swim-based program is designed for children ages five and older and young adults with disabilities. For more information, contact the adapted physical education graduate assistant office at 607-753-5540.

Tuesday Night Skill Builders and Challenger Sports Program
6-8 p.m.

Skill Builders, which runs from 6-7 p.m., is designed for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-5 years, identified with developmental delays who enjoy participating in small group, play-based activity.  

The Challenger Sports Program, which runs from 7-8 p.m., is designed for children ages 6-15 years, who are interested in improving sport specific skills necessary to be successful in local youth sports programs.

For more information, contact Tim Davis at 607-753-4969 or the adapted physical education graduate assistant office at 607-753-5540.

BOCES – Adapted PE Program
12:45-1:50 p.m. Monday-Friday only

School aged children participating in BOCES programs may take part in gym and swim activities. The class is taught by adapted physical education students and bus transportation to the SUNY Cortland campus is provided. For more information, please contact Diane Craft at 607-753-4807.

I Can Do It You Can Do It! Mentorship Program

The peer mentorship program, new to SUNY Cortland's Physical Education Department, pairs a college student majoring in physical education with a community member with a disability. The goal is to increase daily physical activity. This program is limited but has flexible workout times and is designed to promote healthy lifestyles. For more information contact Tim Davis at 607-753-4969.

  • CHAMP – Cortland Homer Afterschool Mentorship Program: The CHAMP program is for ages 5-12 and is housed at the JM McDonald Sports Complex. The afterschool program runs from 3:45-6 p.m. daily and begins the first week of public school. 

    This program is staffed by two graduate assistants in physical education and undergraduate students majoring in physical education. Children receive homework help, a healthy “snack attack” and physical activity to include ice skating. All ability levels are welcome to participate. Children with disabilities are encouraged to participate. This is a fee-based program.

    For more information and registration material contact the JM McDonald Sports Complex at 607-753-8100.
  • Project DREAM

    The DREAM project is a mentorship program designed specifically for ages 13-21 with disabilities who would benefit from daily physical activity with the support of a college age peer. The DREAM project has no set time or place for activity but is designed around the community opportunities and interests of the participants. For more information contact Tim Davis at 607-753-4969.

SIMS Exploration Center

The Sensory Integration & Motor Sensory (SIMS) Exploration Center provides cross- disciplinary sensory integration training and research opportunities to faculty, community members, and students in Physical Education, Exercise Science, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation and related areas. SIMS Exploration Center Information and Schedule.

Thursday Night Wheelchair Sports 
7-9 p.m.

This activity is open to anyone who would benefit from or is interested in participation in wheelchair sports. These sports include wheelchair basketball, softball, power soccer, football and more. For more information, contact Tim Davis at 607-753-4969.

Sled Hockey and Skating

This unique equipment allows individuals with limited mobility the opportunity to participate in activities on the ice. Participants use unique sleds designed to be propelled with “sticks” or “picks.” Activities take place in the Park Center Alumni Arena and all are welcome to participate. For more information contact Tim Davis at 607-753-4969.