Tompkins Cortland Community College to host 'Panther Games'


DRYDEN, N.Y. — Tompkins Cortland Community College is teaming up with the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County and the Cortland County YMCA to host Panther Games, a FUNdraiser for childcare at all three organizations. The April 27 event will kick off at 3 p.m. with a Family Fun Color Run, a 3K run/walk around campus that culminates with a color splash. In addition to the Color Run, the College’s athletics facility will host a variety of inflatables and other fun competitions where participants can earn tickets for a chance to win one of several family-themed prize baskets.

Registration for the Color Run includes a t-shirt and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old. Participants in the Color Run must register online prior to the event — there will be no day of the event registration for the Color Run.

Entrance into the athletics facility field house for the Panther Games is separate from the 3K. For adults the cost is $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the door on the day of the event. A family of five or less can play for $20 if purchased in in advance or $30 at the door on day of the event. All proceeds from the event will be split between the childcare programs at the College and the two YMCAs.

YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County Executive Director Frank Towner and Cortland County YMCA Noah Beck are excited to collaborate with the College for the Panthers Games. Towner presented the original idea for the event to the other organizations. “I wanted to team up with the College and build a bridge to our friends in Cortland,” said Towner. “The College seemed the perfect partner to help us do that. We all have similar missions to support local families and our childcare programming was a great fit for this fundraiser.”

College President Orinthia Montague loved the idea of this cross-county collaboration. “One of my main goals when I became President was to make the College more visible and invest more in our sponsor counties,” said Montague. “We value our relationships with both local YMCA organizations and hope that the Panther Games will become an annual tradition.”

The event is sponsored in part by Visions Federal Credit Union, Cayuga Xpress, and Bobby K Entertainment. For more information and to register to participate in the event please visit

Register today for the Panther Games and the Family Fun Color Run 3k.