For over 30 years the wonderful people at STRIDE Adaptive Sports have helped teach and mentor athletes in 20 different sports. Their mission is to empower individuals to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles. The non-profit organization specializes in everything ranging from Dance to Archery and Target Shooting. With winter upon them at their headquarters in Upstate New York, STRIDE will be focusing on their winter adaptive activities such as skiing, snowboarding and sled hockey.
“Never, Never, Never Give Up!”
Never give up. That’s the message Mary Kate Callahan continues to preach. The inspiring 19 year old, T8-T10 paraplegic is on a quest and has made training for and competing in Triathlon and Ironman events her life’s passion.
A La Grange, IL native, Mary Kate has been paralyzed since being an infant due to a virus that settled in her spinal cord (known as transverse myelitis). Today, she is a University of Arizona psychology student competing at the highest levels of athletic endurance and doing what she loves: racing! She represented the United States as the youngest member of Team USA at the 2012 & 2014 World Triathlon Championships. Her recent sporting travels have taken her to Mexico (winning a Silver Medal) and to London, where she won a Gold Medal at the London ITU World Triathlon.