STRIDE offers both indoor and outdoor tennis programs, determined by where we find court time. We now offer both stand-up and wheelchair tennis instruction. Students learn the fundamentals of tennis, such as forehand, backhand, volleys, and serving, through simple drills and hands-on coaching based on US Tennis Association standards. Raquets, /balls, and adaptive equipment are supplied as needed. Lessons are taught by skilled and caring volunteers.
All protocols for safety in a Covid-19 world will be in place. Please bring your masks. Temperatures will be taken prior to participation.
Fall Session 2021:
Indian Meadows Park (outdoor courts)
Sunday’s: 9/12- 10/24
3PM – 4pm & 4-5pm
Ages: 8- 21 yrs
Cost: $25 administrative fee per session
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. STRIDE reserves the right to charge a full price cancellation fee if you make a reservation and do not attend.
Meet our STRIDE Tennis Program Leader, Dave Graham Jr.
Dave Graham has played tennis most of his life, having competed at the High School and College level. What especially distinguishes Dave is that he is an avid representative of the game who works hard to grow the sport among people with disabilities. Dave serves in a voluntary role as Tennis Director at STRIDE Adaptive Sports, a nonprofit adaptive sports organization that “levels the playing field” for any athlete regardless of disability. Dave’s journey of using his passion and talent for the game to promote equity and inclusion began in 2010, when he began looking for sports activities for his son Luke who has Autism. Due to the positive experiences he and his son had with STRIDE, Dave agreed to take over STRIDE’s tennis program. He created a tennis curriculum and format for individuals with disabilities (including wheelchair tennis players) that emphasizes basic fundamental tennis skills while providing the opportunity for social interaction and a place to have fun!
After a decade of stellar service, Dave once again rose to the occasion when the COVID-19 pandemic arose. He led STRIDE’s efforts (when our in-person programs were cancelled) to teach our tennis players with disabilities that they can have fun and play the game even while at home. This was invaluable during the quarantine, when many individuals who rely on routine and familiarity saw their lives vastly disrupted. Here is a video that demonstrates Dave’s creative and innovative teaching methods as he comforted his students during a challenging time with a dose of normalcy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtV6DV5ZS-I&t=3s.
When it became reasonably safe to return to in-person play, Dave once again rose to the occasion and got our program back on the courts. He is fortunate to have fantastic volunteer assistants, such as his father (David Sr.), wife (Michele), daughter (Rory), and a number of high school students, which help make the program run seamlessly. STRIDE will look to Dave’s continued guidance and service as we adjust our program to a “new normal” post-COVID and continue growing the sport among players with disabilities.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys playing sports, performing music with his bands, LEGENDARY LOSERS (who have played at some STRIDE events) and WATCH REGGIE RUN (a band he started with his son Luke), and watching his daughter, Rory, compete in Cross Country and Track & Field. Thanks to Dave, tennis is becoming a sweet song for many disadvantaged players who would have never discovered the joys of the sport otherwise.
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