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Capital Region Athletes with Disabilities Cross 5K Finish Line

10th Annual Strides 4 STRIDE Event Celebrates Equal Opportunity

(Albany, NY) – Mayor Kathy Sheehan will deliver words of inspiration and hope to kids with disabilities, combat-injured veterans, and adults with special needs as they line up in front of the Amphitheatre at Jennings Landing on Saturday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m. to conquer the 5k course that passes through Albany’s Corning Preserve.

Athletes from STRIDE Adaptive Sports with physical and developmental disabilities will walk, run, and even roll their way across the finish line in special three-wheeled hand cycles. They will be joined by able-bodied runners from all around the Capital Region completing the 5k to advocate for equal opportunity in sports and raise funds for a worthy cause. Chip timing will be provided by ARE Event Productions.

The 10th Annual “Strides 4 STRIDE” event, will feature food, beverages, goodie bags and prizes, family-friendly entertainment and face painting from Sparky and Goofball the clowns, and a 100 yard dash for children under five.

Tickets are $25.00 and can be obtained online at www.stride.org. Tickets will also be available the day of the event with an added surcharge. All proceeds from the event will go to STRIDE to help keep its 18 different adaptive sport and recreational programs fully-funded.

STRIDE programs use special adaptive equipment and unique instructional methods to help people with disabilities overcome their physical and mental/emotional limitations so they can play sports and enjoy an active lifestyle. According to STRIDE Founder / CEO, Mary Ellen Whitney, a growing number of people with disabilities in the Capital Region are able to enjoy the benefits that adaptive sports can offer.

“We serve about 2,300 people with disabilities in the region, and some of our most popular programs have a waiting list. There are over 130,000 people with disabilities living in the Capital Region, so there are many more people we are hoping to reach and serve,” Whitney said.

“Fundraising events like Strides 4 STRIDE help us to keep our programs available, and we will also need support as we look to expand our programs by launching the SHARE Center, the Capital Region’s first and only adaptive sports and fitness center designed specifically for people with disabilities.” 

STRIDE athletes have also received generous support from local companies that offer funding including Event chairperson Jon Phillips, owner of Phillips Hardware.

American National Insurance will be Gold Sponsor for this year’s event. According to Matt Ostiguy, Executive Vice President of American National’s P&C Product and Pricing Group, “We are thrilled to partner with STRIDE Adaptive Sports for this event. What an amazing service they offer to so many individuals. We are very fortunate to have them located in our community.”

Hannaford will be this year’s silver sponsor, and other sponsors include: NPA Financial, Lavelle & Finn, DeCrescente Distributing, Kinderhook Bank, Amica Insurance, Lia Cars, Rust-o-leum, and Stewarts.

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ABOUT STRIDE ADAPTIVE SPORTS

STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides over 11,000 adaptive sport and recreation lessons each year to individuals with disabilities, focusing on youth and combat-injured veterans. STRIDE utilizes over 300 skilled volunteer sport instructors; serves over 2,000 families; and offers programs in more than 18 different sports at 26+ regional locations in the Northeastern US. With a focus on individual lifetime sports, our programs use specialized equipment or teaching aids for successful participation to “level the playing field” for all. More information is available at www.stride.org  

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