What Is an AHPERD?
Although the full name is the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, NYS AHPERD is not a New York State agency. It is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit corporation based right here in Little Falls at 77 North Ann Street. Funding primarily comes from membership dues and professional development registration fees.
AHPERD is a statewide association representing over 13,000 health and physical education teachers and administrators in public and private schools including higher education professionals, future professionals and coaches. It provides conferences, newsletters, a website and workshops at both state and regional levels. Day-to-day they provide technical assistance for their 3300 association members throughout the state. Their largest event of the year is held each November at the Turning Stone Convention Center with over 1,700 people in attendance, offering 170 sessions and over seventy exhibitors.
Formed in 1924 their first office was in New York City. Then they moved to Albany and on to Latham, New York for 17 years. For the past 20 years the office has been in Little Falls under the direction of the Executive Director, Colleen Canorro Corsi. Initially operating out of Colleen’s home, the growth and expansion under her leadership necessitated a move to a rental property on North Ann Street. In 2001, AHPERD purchased their present location, the former Newitt-Bly Funeral Home. Of the six full-time employees working out of the local office, five make their homes in Little Falls.
Twice a year, AHPERD brings forty people to Little Falls for two days of meetings. While staying at the Little Falls Travelodge, the group gathers for meals on site at Casey’s Restaurant and Lounge and at other fine local eateries. AHPERD is proud to be a member of the Little Falls business community. Colleen has been a longtime member of the Little Falls Rotary Club, having served as president and treasurer. She and her associates are quick to lend a helping hand with many of the club’s projects. For more information about NYS AHPERD visit their website. https://www.nysahperd.org/