Tennis Program

Happy group of tennis students

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.


To register, contact aryan@stride.org or 518-598-1279.

Updated STRIDE registration form and liability waivers are required for all athletes. Enrollment is necessary to participate, contact program director Alli Ryan to enroll at aryan@stride.org.

Student balancing ball on racket

Spring 2022 Session

SPORTIME Schenectady
2699 Curry Rd, Schenectady, NY 12303

When: Coming Soon

Ages: 8- 21 yrs

Cost: $25 administrative fee per session

Program Leader will divide the group into 2 groups, RED/BLUE, and alternate weeks of lessons. Each group will have 10 weeks of instruction.


Dave Graham tennis instructor

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 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. 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 rose to the occasion when the 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 during the quarantine. Here is a video that demonstrates Dave’s creative and innovative teaching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtV6DV5ZS-I&t=3s

When it became reasonably safe to return to in-person play, he got our program back on the courts. He has 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.

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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February 2023

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Interval Training
2
  • Weight Circuit
  • Barre
  • Gym in Use – Colin
  • Hockey Empire State Games
3
  • Hockey Empire State Games
4
  • Hockey Empire State Games
  • East Greenbush Winter Bowling
5
  • Hockey Empire State Games
  • CANCELLED 2/5: Sled hockey practice
  • Tennis: Orange group
6
  • Colin & Mack – SHARE Center
  • Circuit
  • Barre
7
  • 30-Minute Special
  • Power Yoga
  • Advanced swim team practice
8
  • Interval Training
9
  • Weight Circuit
  • Barre
  • Gym in Use – Colin
10
  • Respite Program
11
  • STRIDE Swin Meet – advnced swim team
  • East Greenbush Winter Bowling
12
  • Sled hockey practice
  • Tennis: Purple group
13
  • Colin & Mack – SHARE Center
  • Circuit
  • Barre
14
  • 30-Minute Special
  • Power Yoga
  • Advanced swim team practice
15
  • Siena Career expo
  • Interval Training
16
  • Weight Circuit
  • Barre
  • Gym in Use – Colin
17
18
  • East Greenbush Winter Bowling
19
  • Sled hockey practice
  • Tennis: Orange group
20
  • Colin & Mack – SHARE Center
  • Circuit
  • Barre
21
  • 30-Minute Special
  • Power Yoga
  • Advanced swim team practice
22
  • Interval Training
23
  • Weight Circuit
  • Barre
  • Gym in Use – Colin
24
  • NYSO State Games – skiing
25
  • NYSO State Games – skiing
  • East Greenbush Winter Bowling
26
  • Sled hockey practice
  • Tennis: Purple group
27
  • 100K Vertical Challenge
  • Colin & Mack – SHARE Center
  • Circuit
  • Barre
28
  • 30-Minute Special
  • Power Yoga
  • Advanced swim team practice

Program Admin Fee

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If not, email: aryan@stride.org. After confirmation, click on the button below and make payment according to the instructions on the page.


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West Sand Lake, NY 12196

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