Making the most of Outdoor Fall program time!
From the Desk of Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO
STRIDE has been paving the way for putting together our “Return to play” programs safely and in-person. We’ve been recognized as a national leader; and a lot is planned for autumn outdoor time to make the most of being in fresh air and learning how to social distance in sport. We have a lot on tap for the fall, programs are nearly full so sign up as quickly as you can.
Golf: Summer golf was so popular, that our leaders have continued the program for six more weeks until October.
Kayak. New to STRIDE, a small introductory ‘learn to kayak” program takes place on Crooked Lake for 3 weeks.
Hiking. Fall hiking is one of the most popular activities in upstate New York and the Berkshires for leaf peeping, and we’ve put together a challenge for all our athletes to join our hiking club. Hike on your own, or join in some of our selected hikes being led by volunteers. Prizes to athletes who complete all 10 hikes!
Tennis. After a long search for outdoor courts, Indian Meadows has been contracted and our outdoor tennis program is back, Thanks to USTA grants for their support
Archery. Hosted at our SCORE camp in Chatham, our newly certified USAA coaches will instruct new youth athletes in bow shooting.
Indoor Programs are back too!
Bowling. Both East Greenbush and Latham programs are back underway with 50% capacity and shorter time (Indoors)
Sled Hockey. We have contracted with Albany County Ice facility for our team to conduct weekly clinics. There will be no tournaments this year, but practice clinics will resume from October through April unless otherwise changed.
Dance Hip hop lessons at Dance Experience in Delmar with a smaller group.
It goes without saying that social distancing and masks will be mandatory in all programs. Here’s the other measures we are taking to ensure everyone’s safety:
All participants will have their forehead temperature taken prior to activity with names and phone numbers logged for contact tracing
Measures for cleaning and sanitizing protocols are in place for all equipment before and after use
In place of volunteers, family members or caregivers are expected to be involved with athletes who need close contact for learning skills. Volunteer directors will instruct family members from a distance.
Virtual Program Resource: Adapt in STRIDE Resources – CLICK HERE!!!
3rd Annual BBQ & Brew (Covid-19 Re-invented!)
Thanks to all who came out to support us at our HQ parking lot pick-up party. we sold over 275 dinners. And raised close to $10,000 with great thanks to our sponsors , including: Girvin& Ferlazzo law firm, Lavelle & Finn law firm, Pioneer Bank, Stewarts Shops, State Farm Insurance, Jaeger & Flynn, and Braverman & Greenspun
June 20 weekend was a huge success!!!!! Over 200 people showed us how to keep living a healthy, active and fun lifestyle no matter what COVID throws at us! Thank you for helping make a powerful statement that sports and fitness are for anyone at any time, no matter what the disability or state of the world!!! We surpassed last year and raised over $22,000. Thank you!