History & Annual Report

STRIDE’s History

1984-1985: Project STRIDE skiing program begins at Ichabod Crane School.

1987: Organization formed called “Expect a Miracle” as a DBA

1987-1994: Ski program begins at Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady

1989: Project STRIDE students participate in Empire State Games for the physically challenged; First Camp STRIDE trip at Moreau Lake State Park; First bowling program starts in East Greenbush, NY

1990: First Annual Masquerade Ball at the Albany Country Club which raised $4,200! 

1991: STRIDE incorporates and receives non-profit designation

1992: First Challenger Little League program begins in NY

1994: Ski program moves from Maple Ridge to Jiminy Peak, MA with 12 volunteers

1995: First annual “Great Race” at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

1997: Sailing program starts at Camp Chingacook in Lake George, NY

1998: Swimming program started in Albany, NY

1999: First Whitewater rafting trip with Whitewater Challengers in North Creek, NY

2000: Catamount Snowsports and Brodie Mountain programs begin

2001: David H. Clark Memorial Fund established

2003: First Annual Teen Dance in Colonie, NY; Sailing starts at New York Sailing School in New Rochelle, NY; Snowshoeing program begins at Pineridge XC, NY

2004: First Annual Golf Tournament held at Winding Brook Country Club; STRIDE office established to Eames Plaza in Rensselaer NY 

2005: Ski Sundown program begins; First Annual Wounded Warrior Snowsports Event held

2006: First Annual Capital District “Learn to Ride” Bike Clinic starts at HVCC

2007: Mary Ellen resigns teaching to work full-time as the CEO for STRIDE

2008: Golf program begins at Route Fore Golf; First Annual Wounded Warrior Camping Retreat

2009: STRIDE becomes a Paralympic Sport Club; Capital District Sled Warriors established; STRIDE Swimming “Stingrays” compete in NY Special Olympics; First STRIDE Dance program, run by teens at Isabella School of Dance

2010: STRIDE celebrates 25 years!

2011: SCORE Camp acquired, 86 acres leased in Chatham NY

2012: Archery range built at SCORE

2014: Yoga program established

2015: Wounded Warrior and youth athlete scuba diving certification; Bowling teams compete at NY Special Olympics

2017: STRIDE purchases property for new headquarters in West Sand Lake NY

2018: Major construction begins for SHARE Center with a Capital Campaign

2019: SHARE Center officially opens as a Community Fitness Education Center

2020: Pandemic hits the world in March. Programs close; Kayak, Hiking and family snowshoe and camping retreats are a response to pandemic

2021: Expanded and creative versions of outdoor programs and new virtual programs due to pandemic. Re-opening of some indoor programs later in the year with focus on fitness programs in the SHARE Center. Turnover of staff due to pandemic.

2022: Working on it!


Annual Report

STRIDE’s fiscal year runs June 1 through May 31. Year- end reporting to key constituents within the organization is typically held in the beginning of June at a local business establishment or college.

The meeting is a time for stakeholders within the organization, including volunteers, committee members, program directors, and Executive/Honorary board members, to come together to reflect and plan the strategies needed for future growth and sustainability. Typically attended by 40 of the most influential and involved members, the evening includes kicks off with a power-point presentation of the Annual Report and financial picture presented by the treasurer.

Please see our calendar for the date and location of the Annual Meeting.

STRIDE 2020-2021 Annual Report

STRIDE 2019-20 Annual Report

STRIDE 2018- 19 Annual Report

STRIDE 2017-18 Annual Report

STRIDE 2016-17 Annual Report


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