50 Over 50: Mary Ellen Whitney

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Mary Ellen Whitney was a Special Ed physical education teacher in the early 1980’s, when she started a research projectto discover if there was a correlation between sports activities and grades among the Special Ed student population.  School systems offered very few extracurricular sports opportunities for these kids, so she started her own after school program that eventuallybecame the not-for-profit foundation, STRIDE Adaptive Sports. STRIDE has also teamed up with veteran’s organizations to offer year-round programs for Wounded Warriors and their families.

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