May 20, 2016


Empire Blue Cross Employees partner with STRIDE Adaptive Sports for “Camp Clean-Up Day” in Chatham

STRIDE Adaptive Sports operates an 85 acre camp called SCORE 
(Rensselaer, NY)

(Stride Center for Outdoor Recreation & Education) formerly Girl Scout Camp Sha-Te-Muc located in Chatham, NY.

The camp, which had been vacant for many years, is host to many outdoor education programs for local Wounded Warriors and special needs children, to fully utilize the camping skills. STRIDE operates dozens of themed outdoor education programs and tent-camping during the summer, and pairs volunteers with STRIDE athletes with disabilities for a mentoring and rehabilitative experiences. The facility is also a retreat site used by Warriors and their families in addition to serving the hundreds of kids who participate in programs STRIDE offers tent-camping, hiking, archery, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and a lodge which offers a large space for trainings, seminars and retreats.

On Friday, May 20h from 12pm till 5 pm, over 20 employees from Empire Blue Cross will join forces to assist in “Camp STRIDE Clean-Up Day” to accomplish various tasks needed to be completed before the camp becomes operational for the summer. Teams will be assigned to projects such as cleaning, trail clearing, raking, gardening and lawn care, etc. Empire Blue Cross Foundation is a 2016 sponsor for SCORE with a $25,000 grant.

Since 1985, STRIDE Adaptive Sports has provided over 8,000 adaptive sport and recreation lessons to children & individuals with special needs and disabled service men and women (Wounded Warriors) who have sustained permanent injuries as a result of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan all at no cost to our participants. STRIDE has over 350 skilled volunteer sport instructors, serves over 1,300 families; and offers free programs in sixteen different sports in 25 locations. 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; New York Special Olympics, and US Paralympics Sport Club. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States.

Photo Opportunity 2182 State Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037 (driveway is across the street from the John Deere Tractor dealer)

For more information or to schedule an interview, call the STRIDE office at (518) 598-1279 or contact Mark Moran



Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO & Founder
STRIDE Adaptive Sports
476 North Greenbush Road #9
Rensselaer, NY 12144
(office) 518-598-1279
(mobile) 518-466-4251


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