In the CHAMPS Sports and Fitness Program, students participate in fun, safe, and supervised sports and fitness activities before and after school. The name CHAMPS stands for Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated and Positive Students.

The Benefits of CHAMPS

Participating in CHAMPS can help students:

  • Stay active
  • Learn new sports and fitness activities that they can continue beyond their school years
  • Learn how to work as a team and collaborate with others

Students who are physically active and fit do better in school. Physical activity is important for fitness and strength, healthy weight, and lifelong health. Children aged 6–7 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, according to national guidelines.

How Does CHAMPS Work?

Students can participate in activities in fall, winter, and spring seasons. Teacher-coaches supervise activities at their schools, and at DOE-approved gyms and parks. Principals apply for and oversee the CHAMPS program at their school. Schools select the activities they will offer.

Parents, families, and friends are welcome to attend seasonal showcases and other events held throughout the City.


The DOE offers the following CHAMPS activities for the 2019–2020 school year. Not all Champs schools offer the same activities. The activities below take place in different seasons: fall (F), winter (W), spring (S). Year-round programs are indicated as (F, W, S).

Elementary school activities

These are available to students in grades 3–5 unless otherwise specified:

  • Build Our Kids Success (BOKS) Program (Grades K-5) (F,W,S)
  • Developmental Basketball (W,S)
  • Developmental Soccer (W,S)
  • Developmental Volleyball (W,S)
  • Flag Football (W,S)
  • Track & Field (Grades K-5) (W,S)

Middle school activities

These are available to students in grades 6–8:

  • Badminton (F, W)
  • Baseball (S)
  • Developmental Basketball (S)
  • Cheerleading (S)
  • Cricket (F, S)
  • Cross Country (F)
  • Dance (F,W,S)
  • Double Dutch (F,W,S)
  • European Team Handball (F)
  • Fencing (F)
  • Field Hockey (S)
  • Fitness Club (F,W,S)
  • Flag Football (F)
  • Flag Rugby (W, S)
  • Floor Hockey (W)
  • Golf (S)
  • Gymnastics (F,W,S)
  • Lacrosse (F)
  • Martial Arts (Non-Contact) (F,W,S)
  • Netball (W)
  • One-Wall Handball (S)
  • Soccer (F)
  • Softball (S)
  • Step (F,W,S)
  • Swimming (F,W,S)
  • Table Tennis (W)
  • Tai Chi (F,W,S)
  • Tennis (S)
  • Track & Field (W, S)
  • Volleyball (F, W)
  • Girls’ Volleyball (League) (W)
  • Wrestling (S)
  • Yoga (F,W,S)

How to Participate in CHAMPS

All students in grades K-8 have the opportunity to participate in CHAMPS. You do not have to have any specific athletic skill level or experience. Contact your principal or physical education teacher to see if there is a CHAMPS program in your school.

A parent or legal guardian must complete a consent form for their child to participate. CHAMPS coaches distribute the consent form and a fact sheet on concussions for parents. Find out more on our Concussions page.

If you have questions, email

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. The DOE is committed to complying with Title IX and ensuring that DOE schools and workplaces are free of sex discrimination.

Questions regarding Title IX compliance should be referred to:

Sobia Mahmood, Esq.,
Title IX Coordinator
65 Court Street, Room 1102
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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