July 4, 2015


Rensselaer, NY – June 30, 2015 –  STRIDE Adaptive Sports received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).

             The grant will be used toward its 2015 outdoor education programs for youth with disabilities and Wounded Warriors at the SCORE Center in Chatham, NY.  These programs focus on life skills development through tent camping, hiking, archery, fishing, nature & environmental programs and social skill development.

            STRIDE’s outdoor education programs aim to improve the quality of life and extend the lifespan of individuals with disabilities by adapting outdoor educational experiences and activities to accommodate special needs and using these activities to promote lifelong health.  Many program participants do not have access to outdoor recreation opportunities or require special adaptive support that can be difficult to obtain.  With the support of the UPS Grant, STRIDE will be able to improve its outdoor education capabilities through expansion of adaptive activities and improvement of facilities.

            “We are thrilled to have the partnership support of UPS, its employees, and The UPS Foundation for our outdoor education programs,” says Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO and Founder of STRIDE Adaptive Sports. “With the Foundation’s financial backing, we will be able to better meet the needs of our youth and Warrior participants and engage them in outdoor activities that might not otherwise be possible.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues.  In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment.

            In 2014, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $104.2 million in charitable giving around the world.  The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation.  To get UPS news direct, visitpressroom.ups.com/RSS.

            “The UPS Foundation is honored to support STRIDE Adaptive Sports’ effort to further outdoor opportunities for individuals with disabilities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
STRIDE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and individuals with disabilities through sports and recreation programs.
For additional information, please contact STRIDE by phone (518-598-1279) or via email at info@stride.org.

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