Virtual Strides 4 STRIDE Event – 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:Mary Ellen Whitney
LOCAL CAPITAL REGION BUSINESSES EMPOWER STRIDE
TO HOLD VIRTUAL SUMMER FITNESS EVENT
West Sand Lake, NY – The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses and non-profit organizations hard. STRIDE Adaptive Sports, a non-profit that serves the Capital Region’s children with disabilities and combat-injured veterans, is no exception to the growing list that will face entirely new challenges ahead.
According to Founder/CEO Mary Ellen Whitney, “STRIDE will face an unprecedented need for new program formats to ensure the continued health and safety of our medically-vulnerable populations. These requirements – along with the changed landscape in which we are operating – are also creating a greater need for additional resources than we have ever encountered. Luckily, we have some amazing friends and supporters who are assisting us in this difficult time, especially as we transition our annual 5k event from an in-person to virtual format.”
The new virtual 5k event has been generously sponsored by the following Capital Region business leaders:
- AllSquare Wealth Management – Presenting Sponsor
- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals – Gold Sponsor
- American National Insurance Company – Gold Sponsor
- NPA Financial – Silver Sponsor
- Hannaford – Silver Sponsor
- DeCrescente Distributors – Bronze Sponsor
- Rust-Oleum – Bronze Sponsor
- Phillips Hardware – Supporting Sponsor
The event, which is being called Virtual Strides 4 STRIDE, also includes an 8 week preparatory session and support group held online through the Strava running site and STRIDE’s Facebook page. Participants can maintain a sense of community safely online while continuing to flatten the curve with social distancing. The group is being led by Megan Evans, STRIDE’s Program Director, who is also sharing her personal fitness journey and goals after having a child.
Registration for the event is $25.00 now, and $30.00 after May 15. You can register for the event at https://www.stride.org , and the site also has more information on the event including an FAQ section.
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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 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.