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12th Annual STRIDE Disability Awareness 5k to be Held at Jennings Landing



(West Sand Lake, NY, 6/14/21) – Assemblyman Jake Ashby will deliver words of inspiration and hope to kids with disabilities, combat-injured veterans, and adults with special needs as they line up in front of the Amphitheatre at Jennings Landing this Saturday, June 19th, at 9:00 a.m. to conquer the 5k course that passes through Albany’s Corning Preserve. Athletes from STRIDE Adaptive Sports with physical and developmental disabilities will walk, run, and even roll their way across the finish line in special three-wheeled hand cycles. They will be joined by able-bodied runners from all around the Capital Region, completing the 5k to advocate for equal opportunity in sports and raise funds for STRIDE Adaptive Sports programs. Chip timing will be provided by ARE Event Productions, and the Presenting Sponsor of the event will be American National Insurance Company, which will have a team of participants on hand and will hand out the prizes for each division.

Tickets for the 12th Annual “Strides 4 STRIDE” event are available for $25 online at www.stride.org. The inclusive, family-oriented event features virtual or on-site participation and offers casual or competitive options, so there is something for everyone. There will be refreshments including Stewarts ice cream and food from Hannaford. Tickets will also be available the day of the event with an added surcharge. All proceeds will go to STRIDE Adaptive Sports to help keep its 18 adaptive sport and recreational programs fully-funded. STRIDE programs use special adaptive equipment and unique instructional methods to help people with disabilities overcome their physical and mental/emotional limitations so they can play sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

According to STRIDE Founder / CEO, Mary Ellen Whitney, a growing number of people with disabilities in the Capital Region are able to enjoy the benefits that adaptive sports can offer. “Pre-Covid, we served over 2,000 people with disabilities in the region, and some of our most popular programs have a waiting list. Fundraising events like Strides 4 STRIDE help us to keep our programs available, and we will also need support as we look to expand our programs in the newly launched SHARE Center, the Capital Region’s first and only adaptive sports and fitness center designed specifically for people with disabilities.” 

STRIDE athletes have also received generous support from local companies that offer funding including Event chairperson Jon Phillips, owner of Phillips Hardware. American National Insurance will be the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event. Other generous sponsors from around the Capital Region include: AllSquare Wealth Management, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, CAP COM Federal Credit Union, NPA Financial, Lavelle & Finn Law Firm, DeCrescente Distribution, Rust-Oleum, Stars 4 Troops, Stewarts Shops and Hannaford.

Questions about STRIDE Programs can be directed to Megan Evans, Program Director, at 518-598-1279, [email protected]. Information on sponsorship opportunities can be obtained from Patrick Hayslett, Development Director, at 518-598-1279, [email protected].  

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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. 

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