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 lab instructor 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 lab instructor office at 607-753-5540.

BOCES – Adapted PE Program
12:45-1:50 p.m. Monday and 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 Cathy MacDonald at 607-753-4991.


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.

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. 

Ready, Sweat, Go!
6-7 p.m. Wednesdays

Adults with disabilities participate in one-on-one physical fitness training to meet their individual needs. Each participant takes part in an individualized program that may include strength training, walking, and/or yoga. For more information contact Cathy MacDonald at 607-753-4991.

Cortland Stars - Special Olympics
6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Tomik Center)

The Cortland Stars are a group of motivated students who provide opportunities to athletes with developmental disabilities of all skill levels in various sports! Our athletes are 8 years old and up. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and get active! Email for more information and to get started!