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!
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.