United States Tennis Association Awards Grant to STRIDE New Adaptive Tennis Fall Session Scheduled at Indian Meadows Park in Glenville
While the COVID-19 pandemic has made it hard for people with disabilities in the Capital Region to stay active, STRIDE hopes to change that and give them something positive to look forward to. As part of the adaptive sports organization’s “Return to Play” initiative, STRIDE announced today a new fall tennis program for athletes with disabilities will be held at Indian Meadows Park in Glenville.
Lessons have been approved at two of the facility’s courts on Sundays from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm and will take place on September 13th, 20th and 27th, and October 4th, 11th, and 18th. The program is a collaborative effort between STRIDE Adaptive Sports in West Sand Lake, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and the Town of Glenville.
Tennis is one of 18 different adaptive programs offered by STRIDE to more than 2,000 athletes with disabilities every year.
According to Mary Ellen Whitney, Founder and CEO of the adaptive sports organization for kids with disabilities and combat-injured veterans, STRIDE’s new fall tennis program will be an excellent opportunity to hit the courts while staying safe with masks, disinfecting, and social distancing. “We were looking for a home for this program, and many school locations were unable to partner with us due to COVID complications,” said Whitney. “We want to distance our athletes from COVID, but not from fun and fitness. I would like to thank Lynne Schachte, Jocelyn Alfalla, Joe Steger, and the rest of the folks at USTA for giving STRIDE a Facility Recovery Grant. With the funds – and with the help of Vicki Hillis and the Town of Glenville – we are now able to play at a new location and pay for the format changes and supplies needed amid COVID health concerns.”
Megan Evans, STRIDE’s Program Director, added the program will initially be in a small-group format of 4 athletes on each of two courts as a safety precaution. “We are looking to not only protect our athletes, but also their family members and STRIDE’s generous volunteer instructors,” said Evans. “A parent or guardian will be on the courts with each child at all times, and everyone involved will read and abide by STRIDE’s safety guidelines. I think this is going to be a fun time and I would especially like to thank Dave Graham, our amazing tennis instructor, for stepping up and helping us get more kids back to play.”
STRIDE recently completed “Return to Play” programs for summer golf and Wounded Warrior Camping. Winter programs are currently being planned. For more information on STRIDE’s adaptive tennis or other sports programs for people with disabilities, visit https://www.stride.org or contact Megan Evans, Program Director, at 518-598-1279, [email protected].
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