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STRIDE Adaptive Sports Teams with Leaps of Faith for Special Waterski Camp



(Chatham, NY) - STRIDE knows adaptive sport, nearly all of the 18 programs are individual lifetime activity focused; but one activity they have never offered in 36 years, is waterskiing. That is why they partnered with a Connecticut group Leaps of Faith Adaptive Skiers to introduce the sport in partnership with another non-profit, whose mission is to build lasting confidence and fulfillment through exposure and professional training in recreational and competitive water skiing.

At STRIDE’s typical tent-camping youth camp this weekend at STRIDE Center for Outdoor Recreation & Education (SCORE) in Chatham, the group spent the night tent camping in preparation for the field trip Saturday to Southbury Connecticut. It was a perfect sunny, warm day, with water temps in the 70’s at the Pomperauog River.

The two organizations came together on Saturday in Southbury, Connecticut to give students of various ages, who have disabilities including autism spectrum disorders and down syndrome, spina bifada; along with counselors and mentors the opportunity to safely and successfully experience water-skiing. Trained volunteers at LOF handled the boats, on=land training for stand –up skiers, and all the adaptive water-ski equipment that came in a trailer. Each of our 14 participants skied 4 times and then ended the day with rides in a 3-person tube! Each skier started in a seated ski and then progressed to standing where applicable. Celebration of success was pizza and award medals for all the kids! They took the STRIDE van for the day trip and returned to camp for evening meal, firepit and hit their tents quite tired!

STRIDE has provided this type of activity for over 35 years to youth with disabilities. Camp weekends are themed throughout the summer to target special groups or special educational activities such as therapeutic horseback riding, music motivation; military boot camp weekend, or water adventure camp such as this one. Camps are geared towards teenagers who have physical or intellectual diagnosis.

STRIDE Adaptive Sports, based in West Sand Lake NY is a leading Northeastern US Adaptive sports organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities.

Additional information is available by calling the STRIDE office (518-598-1279) or via email at [email protected].

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