Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

RPI Hockey Players Push STRIDE Sled Hockey Champions Ahead To New Adventures



(West Sand Lake, NY, 10/19/2021) – With just days before their first practice, a handful of local sled hockey players with disabilities still needed volunteers to skate with them and push their sled so they can play. A sled hockey pusher is the unsung hero of the team, assisting any player who cannot propel himself due to mobility disabilities. One of these athletes was Abigail Radliff, a 27 year old with cerebral palsy who trades her wheelchair for a sled and plays defense for STRIDE’s “Capital District Sled Warriors” team. Volunteers to push the sleds come and go, and Radliff was one of the players who needed a pusher for the upcoming season. Luckily, members of the RPI men’s hockey team found out about the need and immediately stepped forward to volunteer.

“I know it will mean a lot to our adaptive players having Division 1 college athletes by their side to share their hockey experiences with,” said Mary Ellen Whitney, STRIDE’s Founder/President. “Our sled hockey team are the defending gold medal champions from the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, and I know RPI’s hockey program won a national championship. It’s great to bring competitive successes together like that, but at the end of the day everything is about participation and inclusion. We’re all grateful these student-athletes will be sharing their passion for the game and enabling players with disabilities to get out on the ice and fly. Many of our athletes tell me that when they play, it’s like they don’t have a disability.”

According to STRIDE’s Program Director, Camille Pawlowski, members of the RPI men’s hockey team will volunteer as their schedule allows for practices and competitions. STRIDE’s sled hockey team hopes to return to Lake Placid to defend their title, and they also are defending champions at the Amelia Park New England sled hockey tournament. There is also a pond hockey event scheduled for late February at Crooked Lake, so there are fun adventures ahead for everyone.

RPI Hockey shares the same enthusiasm. “We are thrilled to be working with and helping out with the Sled Warriors hockey team. This year will be a great experience for our team to share the ice with them and help them in any way we can. Most of all it will be an opportunity we all can learn from,” said Shane Sellar, a graduate student and #26 on the team. Head Coach, Dave Smith, added, “This is something our guys love, giving back to the community. The fact that it is at an arena with hockey players and people that love the game is even better. One of our team goals is to give back to the people in the community and this is a great opportunity. We are excited to partner together.”

STRIDE’s sled hockey team practices every Sunday at Albany County Hockey Facility - 830 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211. The team is open to Capital Region athletes with disabilities who are looking for a new sport. Newcomers are invited to join the team on the ice to try a sled on the first weekend of practice each month. Anyone interested can RSVP to [email protected] or call STRIDE’s office at (518)-598-1279.

###

ABOUT STRIDE ADAPTIVE SPORTS

Celebrating 35 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 Special Olympics; and an official Red Cross provider. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States. 

Website | Facebook | YouTube | Photo Gallery | Instagram 

ABOUT SLED HOCKEY

Just as fast-paced and physical as stand-up hockey, sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades, and each player uses two sticks instead of one. Sled hockey is a Paralympic sport and STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a U.S. Paralympic training club. Video footage of STRIDE’s sled hockey team can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W_RUA3oqvA    

Martin A. Schmidt, ’81 Ph.D., has been named the 19th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) by the Rensselaer Board of Trustees. Dr. Schmidt, currently Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will assume office at the nation’s oldest and one of the world’s most renowned technological research universities on July…
Catholic Central School Set to Open in Fall 2022   In a move designed to strengthen the future of Catholic education in the Capital Region, the Albany Diocesan School Board (ADSB), under the leadership of Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, today announced it will create a new school in Latham that will allow for a continuum of Catholic education…
Read the full articles from The Times Union and The Daily Gazette SARATOGA SPRINGS — About 4,900 part-time and full-time Stewart's Shops employees got a hefty "thank you" this week — bonuses that in some cases are equal to a week's worth of pay. The employees, or "partners," received the week-sized checks, while those who started after September…
Dec
09
Jump-start your holiday season, get connected, develop leads and build relationships at this fast-paced networking event. This event is one of our most…
Details: Check-in and Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Networking 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jan
13
Thinking about taking a leap into the legal cannabis in New York State? Our panel of experts will discuss the current landscape of this emerging industry…
Lively panel discussion with Q&A
Jan
27
Join the Chamber at the 2022 State of the County Luncheon and learn what's ahead for Rensselaer County and the business community in the new year. …
Check-in and Lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by the County Executive's address at 12 p.m.