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STRIDE Forms New Junior Olympic Archery Development Club


Contact: Mary Ellen Whitney

Tel: (518) 598-1279 



Paralympic Archery Coach / Veteran with Disabilities to Serve as Club Director

 West Sand Lake, NY (09/01/20) – When STRIDE Adaptive Sports was looking for safe ways to get Capital Region kids with disabilities out of the house and back to doing physical activities, the nonprofit organization realized archery hits the mark in more ways than one.

“Archery is one of the truest forms of an individual lifetime sport that everyone can participate in,” explained STRIDE Founder & CEO, Mary Ellen Whitney. “It will be easy for everyone to socially distance at the competitive archery range we built on STRIDE’s 85 acre camping retreat in Chatham. USA Archery (USAA) helped us form a Junior Olympic Archer Development (JOAD) club for our kids with disabilities. We are ready to get our youth athletes with disabilities back to play, and archery is one of the many ways STRIDE can safely make this happen.” 

After officially forming STRIDE’s archery club, Whitney immediately knew the right person to serve as its director. STRIDE appointed TSGT Tim McDonough, a combat-injured Wounded Warrior who has competed nationally in adaptive archery and also served as a AFW2 archery coach in Colorado Springs. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have a director with Tim’s credentials and abilities. Tim had his start in archery with STRIDE, and he has been one of our many success stories; we are hoping the new archery club will be the perfect chance for Tim to pass on some of his magic and shape the next generation of adaptive success stories.”

McDonough will use funds from a grant awarded to STRIDE by USAA to train and certify 5 new instructors, making way for more club participants. STRIDE’s archery club is filling fast, and this fall’s practices will take place at the STRIDE Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education (SCORE) located in Chatham. The archery range has distance markers for four stations with permanent line marks from 10 meter, 20 meter, and 30 meter distances, or movable markers for less or more-skilled archers. The range was designed to be inclusive for people of all skill levels regardless of disability. STRIDE has purchased special adaptive equipment to accommodate all archers, including seated archers, and beepers and stands for visually impaired archers. We will explore indoor ranges for the winter.

More information about STRIDE’s adaptive archery club, its 17 other adaptive sports programs, and its Wounded Warrior program is available at or by contacting Megan Evans, STRIDE Program Director, at 518-598-1279,

Interview/coverage & photo opportunities available.  



Celebrating 34 years, 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 Wounded Warriors. With a focus on individual life-time sports, STRIDE programs use specialized equipment or teaching aids for successful participation to “level the playing field” for all. STRIDE is a partner member of MoveUnited Sports (formerly Disabled Sports USA) and Professional Ski Instructors of America; a US Paralympic Sport Club; a training club for New York Special Olympics; and an official Red Cross provider. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States.