In the CHAMPS Sports and Fitness Program, students participate in fun, safe, and supervised physical 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
- Stay connected to their school community
- Learn new physical 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?
For the 2020-2021 school year, students can participate in activities remotely or in-person at school. Principals apply for and oversee the CHAMPS program at their schools, select the activities they will offer, and the schedule. Teacher-coaches supervise the activities. Schools must follow current health and safety guidelines.
Schools may offer parents, guardians, families, and friends the opportunity to participate in some of the activities.
Schools may choose among several CHAMPS activities for the 2020–2021 school year. Not all CHAMPS schools offer the same activities. This year, the DOE is working with four organizations to help schools plan high-quality physical activities that focus on fun, movement, socially distant games, running, and sports conditioning:
- Build Our Kids Success (Reeboks)
- New York Road Runners
- Play Rugby USA
- Special Olympics
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 teacher-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 CHAMPS@schools.nyc.gov
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