STRIDE honors volunteers | Community Spirit
On Monday, July 9, STRIDE’s athletes and volunteers were honored at STRIDE Adaptive Sports Annual Meeting at Hudson Valley Community College, Bulmer Telecommunications Center.
Heather Daniels of Duanesburg, NY was chosen as STRIDE’s Volunteer of the Year. Daniels, a STRIDE volunteer for 6 years, teaches adaptive skiing at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort for kids with special needs and Wounded Warriors; and leads camping trips at the SCORE (STRIDE Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education) Center in Chatham, NY. Daniels is a speech pathologist at Shaker High School in the South Colonie School district in Latham NY, and spends much of her time outside of school with her students., “The STRIDE organization is a GREAT place to give community service”, said Daniels” I love everything about this organization, and it fills my heart to be part of it. I’ve made great life-long friends, and feel pride in the student achievements.”
Athlete of the Year was awarded to 18 year old Daniel Slater of Clifton Park. Slater has been an active STRIDE athlete for 10+ years and has participated in almost every program including golf, ski team, camping, bowling, swimming. Most recently Slater participated in the Eagle Flights program that gave STRIDE athletes the chance to take a small aircraft ride and pilot the plane. He spends his weekends with his family at their camp on Burden Lake. Danny is a sweet, charismatic young man who is eager to try new sports. He brings a smile to all those around him.
Michael Coopersmith of Integrated Technology Systems NYC, Inc was awarded “Sponsor of the Year” as a strong STRIDE partner and supporter. Coopersmith’s company installed a server, with off-site back-up storage to upgrade the STRIDE office computer system. Ongoing, pro-bono technical support allows the office to work more efficiently and securely.
STRIDE’s mission is to educate and empower individuals with special needs in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles. STRIDE is a volunteer organization with all sport lessons being taught by highly qualified volunteers, and STRIDE serves our Wounded Warrior community with re-habilitative sport and recreation programs to help them adjust to life and helping them adapt to their permanent combat injuries.