STRIDE’s swim program has been popular since 2001. Offered in 10-week sessions, three times per year, the program is hosted at the Greenbush Area YMCA pool in East Greenbush, NY. Youth participants are taught by trained and caring volunteers. Lessons cater to the skill level of each child’s needs, and every participant receives a report card at the end of each session.
Where: East Greenbush YMCA; 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, N.Y. 12061
Due to covid- 19 our swim program is TBD. We will continue follow protocols set by the YMCA and hope to have the program up and running sometime soon. Stay tuned for more information.
Our past sessions have looked like the following:
Team Swim: 9:30-10:30 am; Ages 8-21 yrs
Participation in this hour of swim does not require team participation; intermediate swimmers welcome to improve skills. Stingray NY Special Olympics competitive swim program. To participate, athletes must be able to swim 25 yds. unassisted.
Beginner Swim:10:45- 11:15 am & 11:20- 11:50 am; Ages 5-21 yrs
Focus is on sensory transition, basic instruction, and water safety.
To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-598-1279.
*A current calendar year STRIDE application must be on file at STRIDE to participate. Once you have received confirmation that your child has space in the program, a $25 administrative fee will need to be paid prior to the start of the class to secure their spot in the program.
Meet our STRIDE Swim Leaders:
Emelia Carlino received her Masters of Public Health from the University at Albany and currently works as a Well-Being Account Manager at MVP Healthcare. She joins STRIDE with 15 years of competitive swimming experience that led to her Division 1 collegiate swimming career at Binghamton University. Emelia is Water Safety Instructor certified and has been teaching special needs children and adults for close to a decade. Originally from Dutchess County, she served as the head swim instructor for three years at Hudson Valley Swim. She values water safety skills above all and is passionate about sharing her comfort in the water with others while having fun doing so. STRIDE perfectly aligns with her belief that with proper guidance, swimming can be adaptable and enjoyable for all skill levels.
Assistant Program Leaders:
Marleah Lybolt is an Occupational Therapy Assistant student at Maria College; her long term career plan is to become a special education teacher. She has been volunteering for different STRIDE programs since 2013, and is now an assistant coach of the swimming program. Her experience with STRIDE began when she was struggling to manage her own disability. For Marleah, swimming was a perfect fit because she loved the program and quickly developed strategies to manage her own disability and help others in the process. Her goal is not only to teach the kids swimming skills, but to make sure they know that they are capable of so many things. That knowledge is just as important to a person with special needs.
Tess Mulvey graduated from Columbia High School in 2017 and now attends The College of Saint Rose, majoring in Childhood and Special Education. She has lived in East Greenbush, NY her whole life with her mother, father, and brother. She has been volunteering with STRIDE for two years through the swim program. She spends most of her free time reading books or watching Netflix in the winter. In the summer, she is usually reading or swimming in her pool. She loves to spend her Sundays mornings in the pool with all the STRIDE swimmers.
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