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Union College Men’s & Women’s Hockey Teams to Help STRIDE Youth with Special Needs Have a Teen Dance

Teens with disabilities often have difficulties with social skills and making friends.  But on Friday, April 26, STRIDE Adaptive Sports teens from around the Capital Region will come together on the Union College campus at Messa Rink to enjoy a spring-themed dance from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Union College Men’s and Women’s Hockey are community-minded teams who take on service activities throughout the Capital Region during the off-season. The idea for a dance was spearheaded by players Cheyenne Harris and Anthony Rinaldi, who both interned at STRIDE for class credit. STRIDE has a rich history with Union College and employing student interns.

STRIDE Adaptive Sports has teamed with the Dutchmen & women for the last decade hosting other events at Union.  The event has morphed into one of the most popular dances in the Capital Region. “The team looks forward to this project every year as one of the most fun events all season. The project creates smiles to last a lifetime and does a great job of giving back and helping the community,” says Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin.  “It’s easy for college athletes to get caught up in the stress of sports, school and life, but having these opportunities to help special athletes have fun activities allows us to remember how much we take for granted.”

STRIDE has successfully demonstrated the power of integrated extra-curricular programs through its Partners in Education program. Schools and organizations can design community service projects for their students with the leadership of STRIDE organization for unified services that promote equality for all youth. STRIDE has ongoing partnerships with dozens of schools regionally. For more information about Partners in Education and other programs hosted by STRIDE, please contact the office at 518-598-1279 or email Program Director Megan Evans at More information is also available on the web at 

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