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Giants’ line coach joins local organization

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New York Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, left, holds on while guard Kitt O'Brien, front right, and guard Lavon McCoy push a blocking sled during NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) New York Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, left, holds on while guard Kitt O'Brien, front right, and guard Lavon McCoy push a blocking sled during NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

ALBANY, N.Y. –STRIDE Adaptive Sports, a not-for-profit organization that provides sport programs to local youth and Wounded Warriors with disabilities, welcomed a new board member Wednesday—New York Giants Offensive Line Coach, Pat Flaherty.

After spending 16 years on the UAlbany campus for summer training camps, Flaherty will continue to have presence in the region as an advisory board member for STRIDE.

"Pat has been an advocate for people with disabilities for most of his life," said Mary Ellen Whitney, Executive Director for the organization. "His brother works in the field, and he has a deep understanding for the need—if it relates to sports, he's in."

Flaherty and Whitney met while attending East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, where Flaherty was the starting center and won All-America honors during his playing career. The two have remained friends since.

"The Giants Foundation has been a supporter for STRIDE for many years, and the connection was thanks to Flaherty," Whitney said.

Flaherty has more than 30 years of coaching experience and is currently in his 13th season as an NFL coach, 9th as the Giants' offensive line coach. While under Flaherty, the Giants' offense has been ranked among the top eight in the league in each of the last four seasons.

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