Adaptive Sports, STRIDE

Address: 476 North Greenbush Rd, Suite 9
Rensselaer,, NY 12144
Phone: (518) 598-1279 Fax: (518) 3912563 Email: Website:

Since 1985, STRIDE has been fulfilling dreams, removing boundaries, enhancing self-esteem, and empowering individuals with disabilities through participation in sport and recreational activities. STRIDE and our entire team of volunteers are committed to creating and fostering environments where individuals with special needs can reach personal goals through sport and leisure programs. We strive to develop activities and environments that are safe, fun, and educational for our athletes to grow and learn.

Sports – STRIDE's sports programs are at the core of what we do. Annually, we teach over 8,000 FREE adaptive sport lessons with an impeccable safety record and success rate, all of which is possible because of the dedication of our trained staff of more than 350 volunteer instructors.

Examples of our most popular programs include:

Since 2006, STRIDE has partnered with Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center and the Albany Autism Society to host the Lose the Training Wheels I CAN RIDE! Bike Camp, a unique program designed to teach children with special needs how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle using adaptive equipment.

Since the summer of 1994, STRIDE has been offering bowling at multiple locations and every season though the year. A perennial favorite, our bowlers return season after season, for the strikes, trophies, fun, and pizza parties!

Beginning in the fall of 1990, Camp STRIDE originated with eight campers and a dozen volunteers who spent a weekend in tents. Its success paved the way for summer and early fall warm-weather activities which have become increasingly popular ever since. Camp STRIDE conducts seven weekend trips from June-September where dozens of campers and volunteers enjoy the outdoors of New York state campgrounds.

A teen-inspired integrated program where STRIDE students learn jazz and contemporary dance steps, culminating in a performance for family and friends. Taught by high school students, the Learn to Dance program is located at Isabelle School of Dance in East Greenbush, NY.

Located at Route Fore Golf Center in North Greenbush, NY, this eight-week program offers professional golf instruction both in the classroom and on the range, finishing with a scramble format tournament at local Burden Lake Country Club, an awards ceremony and picnic to celebrate achievements.

Little League Challenger Division
Since 1991, the Twin Town Little League Challenge Division has been represented by STRIDE with four challenger teams filled with baseball players of all ages. The affiliate supported program is hosted in North Greenbush, NY. For more info on this program please contact the twin town little league at:

Partners in Education
STRIDE works closely with school districts to support their needs in creating extra-curricular programs for the students in their districts who need community activity for well-rounded educational programs.

A one-of- a-kind curriculum, STRIDE offers an opportunity to learn to sail on rigged sloops. Instruction and hands on experience on beautiful Saratoga Lake at the Saratoga Sailing Club or the Bay at Hudson Park in New Rochelle, NY.

The spring season opens with our sailing program hosted in Westchester County at the New Rochelle Marina in New Rochelle, NY. The program offers instruction and sailing trips each Saturday in June, hosted by the New York Sailing School. Each Monday night in August, the Saratoga Sailing Club hosts our summer sailing program. The STRIDE Sailing programs wouldn't be complete without our annual Sailing Regatta, held at the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club. This event has sailing races, food, music, and awards. Both sailing programs are encouraged to participate in this fun family event.

Skiing and snowboarding
The nucleus of STRIDE is our largest winter programs based at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Massachusetts; Catamount Mountain in Hillsdale, NY; and Ski Sundown in New Hartford CT. Our professionally trained and certified staff of 100+ instructors teach over 1300 adaptive lessons each season.

Ski Race Team
IF competition is in your blood, join STRIDE’s race team. Practices are held at Jiminy Peak on Saturday mornings, and the team travels to Level I DSUSA Sanctioned races throughout the Northeast.

Snowshoeing is another winter activity and more aerobic then walking, as snowshoes sink slightly into soft powder. This is an experience and opportunity with only positive results and maximum enjoyment. Hosted at multiple locations on Saturday mornings throughout the winter.Weather dependent

Learn to swim program is hosted at the Capital District YMCA in East Greenbush, NY. The program is designed for participants to have formal one-on-one swim instructions from our adult swimming volunteers. It is offered multiple seasons per year and culminates with competition at New York Special Olympics events.

Special Events
STRIDE offers special events such as Rifle shooting, archery, Family Clambake and US Paralympic Educational clinics New events are being added each year. Watch for news on our calendar of events.

Sled Hockey
Since 2009, STRIDE has hosted the Capital District Sled Warriors. This ice program is an exciting winter competitive sport played with the same rules as ice hockey. New players are welcome, and fans are encouraged to attend games.

Teen Dances
Multiple times a year, STRIDE hosts prom style dances for teens who enjoy food, dancing with friends and a great social experience to get all dressed up!

Whitewater Rafting
Our annual trip in the spring is an acclaimed favorite for the adventurous athlete. You must be at least 13 and able to swim as you take a ride on the upper Hudson River Rapids with Whitewater Challengers. A fall trip is also available as part of the Wounded Warrior retreat.

Wounded Warriors
STRIDE serves our Warriors by offering the chance to rehabilitate through learning adaptive sports. The winter skiing and snowboarding weekend is in March; and the family Camping retreat is in September.

Join STRIDE in any of these programs and more. We are always seeking volunteers, athletes and supporters!


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