Special Olympic swimmers compete in unique inclusionary event at Greenbush YMCA

EAST GREENBUSH, NY (NEWS10) – A Sunday swim meet isn’t out of the ordinary in the Capital Region but one in particular broke barriers on this Sunday.

After years of competing in the Special Olympics, the Stride Adaptive Sports swim team swam against peers who don’t have special needs.

This inclusionary event at the Greenbush YMCA allowed the Stride Stingrays to showcase their skills alongside the Greenbush Sea Lions and the Glens Falls Gators swim teams.

“What we do is bring them in and provide an environment of inclusion, and having everybody participate together kids just want to be kids and they’re unbelievably accepting and loving in the right environment”, said Greenbush YMCA Aquatics Director Emily Furthman.

Stride has been providing adaptive sports lessons to people with disabilities for some 30 years now in the Capital District. They focus mainly on kids and Wounded Warriors.





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