January 2018

Fitness Inclusion Network’s adapted dance program, Ballet For All, began it’s sixth season with training for seventeen volunteer dance assistants. These Syracuse City School District high school students learn to support the bodies and participation of each of our 10 dancers while creating a welcoming community. 

adaptive dancing

October 11, 2017

5th Annual Fit-IN Conference
SIMS Lab, Department of Physical Education
SUNY Cortland, Cortland NY

SIMS logo

September 2017

Fit-In publishes a Resource Directory of inclusive fitness opportunities for young adults aged 18-25 years. This project was part of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council’s "Inclusive Fitness Initiative".

Resource Directory cover

August 2017

Fit-In publishes Unified Yoga guidebook in collaboration with Syracuse Parks.  This inclusive yoga program was launched by Joy Papazides at the Southwest Community Center and Rebecca Stella and Anne Marie Abt from SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Physical Therapy School.

Unified Yoga

June 2017

Inclusive Fitness Initiative and the Spina Bifida Center of Central New York sponsor Adaptive Gardening Pop-Up event at Thornden Park. 

Adaptive gardening

May 2017

Inclusive Healthy Communities video developed by Lakeshore Foundation for the National Association for Chronic Disease Directors includes an interview with Peyton Sefick discussing Monday Mile loop at Kirk Park. 

April 2017

Walks and Talks Video shared on social media:

Walks and Talks video cover

March 2017

Fit-In brings Unified Drumming to the Fayetteville YMCA with funding support from the Madeline Cote Fund.

Unified drumming class

February 2017

Fit-IN’s annual Adapted Winter Sports Day at Sunnycrest Park in Syracuse includes sled hockey, snowshoe art, and adaptive Nordic ski. 

   Commit to Inclusion flyer cover                Commit to Inclusion logo

January 2017

HealthLink on Air Interview: Landscape Design student Sam Guillaume discusses the Walks and Talks project.

Sam Guillaume

October 2016-April 18, 2017

4th Annual Fit-IN Conference: WALKS & TALKS

Collective Access and Critical Design With Landscape Architecture students at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry using Go-Pro cameras in various parks and at the Aloft Hotel, Inner Harbor, Syracuse NY

Walks and Talks Conference

September 2016

Fit-In publishes Accessible Geocaching guidebook to highlight accessible trails in parks, forests, fishing launches and nature areas throughout Central New York.  Many thanks to Fit-In intern Mady Locastro for maintaining our geochaches! Find out more at

Accessible Geo Caching

August 2016

Walks & Talks video created and later shared on World CP Day “We are here” map.   Many thanks to videographer and photographer Bob Gates.  Find the video on Youtube at:

Walks & Talks

June 2016

Syracuse University hosts an Adaptive Design workshop with Alex Truesdell. Rockers and other custom made designs promote movement for children with multiple disabilities.

May 2016

Fit-In provides gym membership and personal fitness coaching to high school students enrolled in Project Search at SUNY Upstate Medical University. 

high school students doing push ups and sit ups in workout room

April 2016

LaWanda Cook and David Filiberto from the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
at Cornell University visit adaptive sports facilities at SUNY Cortland’s Student Life Center.

SUNY Cortland’s Student Life Center

March 2016

Prof. Tim Davis’s SIMS lab provides cross-disciplinary Sensory Integration training and research opportunities to faculty, community members, and students majoring in Physical Education, Exercise Science, Speech Pathology, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation and related areas

Sensory Integration / Motor Sensory (SIMS) Movement Exploration Center

February 2016

Fit-IN hosts launches Adaptive Winter Sports event at Sunnycrest Park in Syracuse. Move Along Sled Hockey participates in Open Skate at the Sunnycrest Rink.

January 2016

Dr. Luis Columna launches SU Fit Families for Children with Autism with funding support from the J. Henry & Martha E. DeBoer Fund at the Central New York Community Foundation and the Boeheim Foundation.

Luis Columna with a male student on basketball court

October 9-11, 2015

3d Annual Fit-IN Conference:
Adaptive Design Charrette at Syracuse University’s Collaborative Design Studio
Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Syracuse NY

Adaptive Design Seminar flyer

September 2015

Fit-In’s Inclusive Fitness Initiative grant helps to bring Move Along wheelchair basketball to McChesney Park in Syracuse. 

Unified wheelchair basketball

August 2015

Fit-In publishes How to Launch and Inclusive Walking Club in collaboration with SU’s Monday Mile Campaign. 

Walking Club

July 2015

Anne Marie Abts Physical Therapy Students and Tim Davis’s Adapted Physical Education students organize field games at Jamesville Beach Park for the Mainstream Program at Syracuse’s Southwest Community Center.   

Adaptive Physical Education

May 2015

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.  

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

November 2014

Peyton Sefick and Andrew Cunningham are selected for Team USA Power Soccer

Team USA

October 10, 2014

Second Annual Fit-IN Conference
ACTIVATING COMMUNIITES: Grassroots Inclusive Fitness in Central New York
WCNY Public Broadcasting Studios, Syracuse, NY

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