STRIDE INC.

aka STRIDE Adaptive Sports   |   West Sand Lake, NY   |  www.stride.org

Mission

STRIDE educates & empowers individuals with disabilities in life-changing sport and recreation programs. STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a volunteer non-profit organization providing over 8000 adaptive sport and recreation lessons annually to children & individuals with special needs. STRIDE has over 350 volunteer sport instructors, serving over 2000 families; and offers free programs in18 different sports in 28 locations. Our focus is education of individual life-time sports. . STRIDE is an affiliate member of Disabled Sports USA, Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors; an official Red Cross Provider; and is recognized as one of the largest adaptive sport programs on the east coast and is among the leading programs in the country.

Ruling year info

1990

CEO/Founder

Ms. Mary Ellen Whitney

Main address

4482 NY Highway 150

West Sand Lake, NY 12196 USA

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Formerly known as

Sports & Therapeutic Recreation Instruction Development & Evaluation, INC

EIN

14-1732830

NTEE code info

Special Olympics (N72)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is difficult for people with disabilities to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Schools, fitness centers and other community organizations struggle to give people with disabilities the same access to exercise and opportunities for socialization as their able-bodied peers. Allowing people with disabilities to remain underserved is an especially bad situation because they are also a heavily disadvantaged population. Nationally, people with disabilities have a median income of $10,000.00 less than the able-bodied population. They suffer double the unemployment rate and higher rates of poverty (20.9%), smoking (24.6%) and obesity (38.9%). In New York State where STRIDE headquarters is located, 44.3% of people with disabilities report having "just fair" or "poor" health, as opposed to just 8.5% of people without disabilities. In the Capital Region area STRIDE serves, four of the eleven counties rank in the lowest tier for health outcomes in the state.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Skiing/Snowboarding

We provide individual skiing and snowboarding lessons for individuals with disabilities

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

We provide bowling lessons to youth with special needs. We also have a team that participates in the Special Olympics

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

We provide learn to swim lessons for youth with special needs. We also have a competitive swim team that participates in the Special Olympics.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

A competitive Skiing program that participates in the Special Olympics and other local races

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Approximately 7 weekends in the summer camping programs are held at our SCORE summer camp in Chatham, NY. These programs bring together our STRIDE wounded warriors and special needs youth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

We provide instruction for youth with special needs on keel boats. Instruction includes water safety, general sailing knowledge, and teamwork.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

A one-week program designed to teach special needs youth to ride a two wheeled bike.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

A multi-session program to teach special needs youth about the basics of golf and instill a love for the game.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

A competitive team of sled hockey players. Competing in local tournaments and exhibitions.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Dance and movement basics for special needs youth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

A shooting program with air rifles and target shooting.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

A multi week program to teach special needs youth and individuals with wheelchairs tennis. And to prepare a group to compete within the Special Olympics.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with disabilities

A program that provides the benefits of yoga and meditation to special needs youth.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth programs offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

STRIDE seeks to make New York's Capital Region a healthier and more inclusive place to live for its 130,000+ residents with a disability. We aim to bring the many diverse and documented benefits of adaptive sports to people with disabilities so they can exercise, overcome social isolation, build an ongoing support network, increase self-esteem, and replace unhealthy habits and addictions. STRIDE offers 18 different adaptive sports and recreation programs at over 26 regional locations in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. We work with children with disabilities, veterans with disabilities, and adults with disabilities, primarily through individual lifetime sports, but also through the team sport of sled hockey. Our goal is to empower people with disabilities to live an active life, engage with the community, and ultimately give back to people with similar challenges through mentoring, volunteering, and philanthropy.

STRIDE employs the following strategies:

• CREATE opportunities and provide outlets for individuals with special needs to make friends, increase self-esteem, develop life skills, realize their potential and become productive members of society.

• EDUCATE volunteers, families and communities on the opportunities that exist for individuals with special needs.

• PARTNER with leading professionals, educational institutions, agencies and communities in order to create top-tier recreational programs for individuals with disabilities.

• LEAD in the area of adaptive sports by providing opportunities for STRIDE participation that are safe and fun and help achieve personal goals.

• ENGAGE a committed team of volunteers, parents, family, friends and community members in our services and mission.

• CHALLENGE the status quo by removing boundaries and breaking down barriers of ignorance and attitude that can block the path of independence for individuals who have disabilities.

STRIDE maintains extensive resources and capabilities that have enabled us to grow from two original programs in 1985 to eighteen successful programs today. We run an unprecedented number of adaptive sports programs with just 4 full-time employees and a Board of Directors consisting of eight community leaders. In-kind support of goods and services accounts for approximately 25% of our budget, and we have over 500 volunteer instructors who collectively donate over 50,000 hours of their services worth over one-million dollars every year. STRIDE also has over 6,000 local recruiting contacts and a network of over 2,000 individuals with disabilities who have and/or are currently participating in our programs. Our funding streams are diverse, ranging from corporate donors and individual donors to fundraising events and grants. Educationally, STRIDE maintains relationships with important associations in the adaptive sports world so our program planners and instructors remain up-to-date with current best practices.

In its most recent fiscal year, STRIDE provided 10,924 adaptive sports and recreation lessons to approximately 2,000 individuals with disabilities. All programs successfully met their recruiting/attendance goals, and the overwhelming majority of the participants' experiences was positive according to surveys. Recent success has created demand for expanded programming, which STRIDE will answer in 2020 by opening the Capital Region's first adaptive sports and fitness center.

Financials

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STRIDE INC.

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mary Ellen Whitney

STRIDE Adaptive Sports

Term: 1995 -

Tom Gilbert

Catamount Ski Area

Mary Ellen Whitney

STRIDE Adaptive Sports

Diane Albano, Ed.D

LEAD Consulting and Coaching LLC

Robert Braverman, Esq.

Braverman Greenspun

Amy Earning, Esq.

Lavelle & Finn, LLP

Patrick Fitzgerald, III

Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C.

Dick Miller

Farm Family Insurance

Jamie Masson

Pulmonary/Critical Care Services

Kathy Slater

Mark Moran

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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