Our Position on Coronaviris (COVID-19) and the health of our members
Our STRIDE community is Awesome. Not because of our philanthropy, our local government, our infrastructures, or education. We are awesome because of our determination, resilience, courage, and willingness to give to others. We are a family. We create amazing results in each other and amazing actions. We will continue to move forward in the face of adversity as we always have.. #AdaptinSTRIDE.
The safety of our athletes, volunteers and families is STRIDE’s #1 priority, serving a fragile, vulnerable population, and therefore after much deliberation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) , we made an early decision to be socially responsible to curtail the spread by
cancelling the 2020 Great Race, Sled Hockey Tournaments and suspend ALL PROGRAMS, in order to maintain a safe environment. This decision has now proven to be prudent as each day unfolds to be more and more serious in ways we never thought possible. Without physical activites for our athletes at home, and for over-stressed families with kids who are vulnerable in ways you may never have considered... we want to help.
STRIDE is dedicated to maintaining our mission through this difficult time. We are now launching
‘Adapt in STRIDE’. Everyday new information comes out on how we need to change up our daily lives to maintain our health and safety and we want to be a resource for finding activities and education to ward off stress which affects your immune system.
We will be launch
virtual sports and recreation programs either video, web chat programs, or sending helpful video links
for what we can all do inside our homes, yards, or in safe outdoor spaces to
continue being active.
Keeping your body active is a primary concern for keeping your immune system strong, and warding off cabin-fever that may lead to depressive thinking.
We are focused on creating healthy communications and options for mind, body and spirit through weekly communications to our STRIDE constituents. While we do not condone group gatherings, w
e ask for your help by sending suggestions and ideas for families to stay active together at home to get through this crisis. We are a social organization, and we need to find more ways to safely socialize now, through communications. Please share all your activities with Megan
or on our social media pages for other families by hash tagging videos and pictures
. We will share with the community to help us all get through this together.
Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO
“Great shot, Samantha.”
“How we doing, Dash? Show me some backhands here.”
“Get those hands a little closer together, Andrew.”
Those are the words of instructor Dave Graham as he zig zags across the court shouting words of encouragement to the participants in the STRIDE Tennis program.
Each Sunday for the past 11 years Dave has made the trip from his home in Burnt Hills to SPORTIME in Schenectady to at first assist, and now lead the 20-week tennis program (he also directs the six-week outdoor tennis program that is held in the spring/summer).
The first half-hour of the program is dedicated to skill development where participants perform tennis related drills or play games designed to teach coordination and agility. Once they are warmed up, each player takes turns hitting balls over the net.
~ Our Wish and prayers at this time are for the vulnerable population to remain well and safe; and for our communities to come through for each other in this time of crisis.
Congratulations to 15 New Level I Bronze Shield PSIA Certified Coaches
We are excited to announce that 15 coaches were successful this year, thanks to funding made possible by
Disabled Sports USA
On Feb 7-8, after a grueling 2 days of ski examination 15 coaches got their bronze shield! Congratulations to
Level I DD/VI
Mike Hart – JP, Jenny Skazckowski – JP, Rob West – JP, Elena DelPerel – JP, Elise Stillo – JP, Courtney Dobkins – JP, Tim Marion – JP, Lauren Sirkin – JP, Susan Murphy – SD, Melissa Lachanski - JP And
Level I Mono/Bi-ski
: Kevin Woodbury - JP, Linas Benevicious –SD, Bill Coleman –SD, Chanda Shin – JP, Stephanie Stewart – SD.
Proud of All!
15th Annual Wounded Warrior Snowfest
a huge success!
STRIDE marked its 15th year of serving Wounded Warriors, celebrated during our annual Wounded Warrior Snowfest! Held March 5-8, STRIDE welcome 12 new Wounded Warrior participants along with 6 select returning alumni Wounded Warrior mentors for a weekend of therapeutic snowsports at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. The weekend kicked off with the famous Welcome Ceremony and banquet dinner on Friday evening, March 6th at Troy's Hilton Garden Inn, celebrating the progress and triumphs made possible through STRIDE’s therapeutic Wounded Warrior programs. Please join us!
Help us raise $$ without a cost to you. All you have to do is be a referral to help STRIDE!! No purchase necessary!! You have time to expore!!
Thanks to a grant from the
Christopher Reeves Foundation
, STRIDE has purchased and set up for demonstrations this incredible machine for making no impact running and rehabilitative walking possible for many of our mobility challenged athletes.
We hope to work with Physical Therapists around the region to get a lot of use from the Alter G; being delivered in February!
~ Get Well wishes to STRIDE ski coach Paul Gavrity after knee replacement surgery.
~ Get Well wishes to Scott Henricks for joint injuries.
~Deepest sympathies to the family of Emmett McCarthy, long-time sailing volunteer, on his passing.
~ Thanks to residents of Living Resources for volunteer weekly office work.
~ Healing wishes to Sled hockey player Brenda Jensis
GET WELL WISHES GLOBALLY to all those suffering throughout this ordeal
Fifth Annual 100K Vertical Challenge.. Again Raises over $70,000 for STRIDE!
It was the best weather and the most fun you can have while sliding!! Competition was at its highest for Peer 2 Peer fundraising against corporate teams such as GE; Delmar Fire; Tauck World Travel, Beech Nut , and groups of crazy friends!!
On Monday, February 24, 2020, we joined for the 5
Annual 100K Vertical Challenge at the
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
in Hancock, MA and tested our endurance with 87 runs for a great cause in relay teams of 4 people!
With sun shining and temps in the 40's to 50, all 22 teams finished strong for a fun-filled party on the deck with DJ music and adult refreshments and the most amazing cake made for the fourth year by Donna and Heather DeDecko!
Like to Know Who Raised the Most Money and Got to Wear the #! Bib? Click Here!
Donors ( including Great Race athletes who donated their entry fee
Michael & Michelle Gambino
James & Marie Moorhead
Andrew & Colleen O'Flaherty
Foundations and Funds
Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
Fredericka V. Slingerland Family Foundation
The GE Foundation
Miloslava Leukhardt Living Trust
American National Insurance
Antiaging Spa at HLCC
Connie Gilman Physical Therapy
Key Communications Inc.
Lavelle & Finn
LP-EC Quality Destination, Inc.
Nine Pin Cider
Plastic Extruded Parts
The Mess Hall
Averill Park High School Running Club
Averill Park Music Department
Capital District Ski Council
Stars 4 Troops