Fit-IN NEWS

April 30, 2015

Fit-IN to participate in the 2015 Syracuse Sport Summit on April 30 at Drumlins Country Club.

2015 Syracuse Sport Summit logo


April 2015

Hermin Garic, push rim marathon wheelchair racer with Utica’s Sitrin Stars speaks at Spina Bifida Group Visit Program.

Hermin Garic


March 2015

Chloe Crawford brings adapted climbing clinics to Cortland, Ithaca and Syracuse with the help of Paradox Sport.  Huge success!

Chloe Crawford - adapted climbing


February 2015

Fit-IN launches  Inclusive Fitness Initiative at SW community Center with Dr. Anne Marie Abt’s physical therapy students from SUNY Upstate College of Health Professions.  Inclusive Fitness Initiative is funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.  It is a pilot program for young adults ages 18-25 years who have developmental disabilities.  Inclusive Fitness Initiative uses collaborative goal setting, PhotoVoice and Instagram to identify and map inclusive fitness venues in Central New York. 

Fitness Inclusion Initiative logo


January 2015

Dr. Luis Columna and co-authors Monica LePore and Lauren Friedlander Litzner publish textbook:  Assessments and Activities for Teaching Swimming (Human Kinetics)

Book cover: Assessments and Activities for Teaching Swimming


December 2014

Fit-IN receives Green Family Foundation grant to purchase PUMA and OASUS partial weight supported harness systems Lisa Neville’s Ballet for All program at Jowonio Preschool.   


November 2014

Peyton Sefick selected to Team USA Power Soccer.

Team USA


October 10, 2014

Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at SU’s Maxwell School are co-sponsors of our Second Annual Fit-IN conference: Activating Communities: Grassroots Inclusive Fitness in Central New York. The conference takes place at WCNY Building on Syracuse’s Near West Side.  Keynote speaker is Eli Wolff.

Fit-IN conference flyer



September 2014

Fit-IN hosts Yochai Eisenberg PhD from University of Illinois for a workshop on the Community Health Inclusion Index with Fowler High School students from Syracuse’s Near West Side.  Staff from City of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation join our walking tour of Skiddy Park.

Walking tour at Skiddy Park


August 2014

Peyton Sefick and Fit-IN Summer interns introduce accessible geocaching to Central New York. 

Peyton geocaching at Onondaga Lake Park


July 2014

Fit-IN joins Monday Mile initiative of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University.

Monday Mile

July 1, 2014

Fit-IN’s Fit Families Group Visits workshop presentation at the annual conference of the Spina Bifida Association of America, Anaheim California. 

Spina Bifida Association of America



June 2014

Sensory Integration and Motor Sensory (SIMS) Exploration Center offers interdisciplinary research opportunities at  SUNY Cortland’s Department of Physical Education.  


May 1, 2014

Fit-IN’s Ballet for All program at Jowonio Preschool is featured in Central New York Magazine.

Ballet for Children with Cerebral Palsy


May 1, 2014

Upstate Medical Alumni Article features Fit-IN projects

Upstate Alumni Magazine cover features Fit-IN program


April 28, 2014

Premiere of Changing Sports, Changing Lives documentary made by Syracuse University students at the Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics and ESPN producer Dennis Denninger.  Fit-IN projects and Central New York athletes are featured in this hour-long documentary:

Young man racing in modified wheelchair


April 27, 2014

Dr. Columna’s Physical Activity Program for Families with Children who have Visual Impairments.

Child with disability in aquatics class

April 9, 2014

Fit Families Group Visit Spina Bifida Center of Central New York
Location: Institute for Human Performance, SUNY Upstate Medical University Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Topic: Fitness Stations


March 30, 2014

Fit-IN participates in Orangeability Expo at Syracuse University

OrangeAbility logo


March 30, 2014

Dr. Columna’s Physical Activity Program for Families with Children who have Visual Impairments.
Location: Sibley Pool, Women’s Building, Syracuse University Campus.  
Time:10:00 am to 2:00pm
Topic: Aquatics 


March 19, 2014

Fit Families Group Visit
Spina Bifida Center of Central New York
Location: Institute for Human Performance, SUNY Upstate Medical University Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Topic: Family Fitness


March 18, 2014

Field Initiated Demonstration Grant Awarded to Fit-IN by New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council 


March 14, 2014

Fit-IN’s "Ballet for All" program featured in video and magazine article:

The Healing Powers of Love and Ballet in Syracuse, NY [video]
What's Up at Upstate

child with disability in ballet class


March 5, 2014

Fit-IN Unified Wheelchair Basketball Demo with Boys/Girls Basketball Teams at Nottingham High School.  Many thanks to athletes from Sitrin Center, Move Along and Rochester for their participation and for bringing extra chairs.  We also wish to thank Mr. Christian Hodge, head of athletics, Syracuse City School District, Mr. David Maynard, Principal, Nottingham High School, Mr. Greg Jones, boys basketball coach, Randy Wright, Nottingham's girls coach, and Nottingham FACES committee.

girls basketball players at Nottingham High School Wheelchair Demo


February 12, 2014

Fit Families Group Visit, Spina Bifida Center of Central New York
Spina Bifida Center of Central New York
Location: Institute for Human Performance, SUNY Upstate Medical University Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Topics: Inclusive Recreation Resource Center, Winter Sports. Speakers:  Deanna Moore and Sarah Olear, SUNY Cortland; Bob Balk, para-athlete


October 11, 2013

First Annual Fit-IN Conference: New Paradigms for Assistive Technology and Inclusive Fitness