November 2008 Dear Friends of Stride: Last spring, Camp Keewaydin got a call from a teacher looking for a way to send a sixth-grade girl to camp. The teacher believed that Keewaydin’s legendary canoe camp would have a positive impact at a crucial point in the girl’s life. Camp Keewaydin called Stride. Asked if we could help, the answer was, “Of course.” The next question was, “How would we pull this off?” We didn’t have funds earmarked for outfitting a camper for six-weeks of wilderness canoeing in northern Canada. Stride put the word out and private donations came in. Isis women’s clothing donated head-to-toe gear. Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington opened their store to us. Rachel was going to camp. She was the only inexperienced camper in her group. She had very little paddling experience. She’d never been away from home for so long. How did she do? Here’s what camp counselor Caroline Tesar wrote in her staff report: “Not only was Rachel a competent camper, rather she made the summer enjoyable and memorable beyond belief. … I was simply blown away by Rachel’s desire to continually learn and improve. She really gave in to the Keewaydin experience and took it for all that it is worth.” I’m delighted that Stride was given the opportunity to facilitate such a positive experience for a young girl. This is what we are here to do and will keep doing thanks to your generous support of our mission. Thank you for your continued support. Warm wishes, Rachel atop her wannigan, the wooden boxes used to carry gear on Leslie Wright wilderness canoe trips at Camp Keewaydin in Temagami, Ontario. Founder Thank you to our sponsors ■ Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring ■ Middlebury College Ski and Snowboard School P.O. Box 144, Ferrisburg, VT 05456 ■ Ph: 802-734-7117 ■ Email: email@example.com Board Members: Leslie Wright - President & Founder; Rowan Hardy - Vice President; Christina Cartwright - Secretary/Treasurer; Sari Galanes, M.D.; Jillian Kingsford Smith; Leroy Nesbitt, Esq.; Wendy Reeves Spencer; John Tucker “Once again Stride may have helped us engage a student and family in our school community…. Thank you so much for helping us to provide this wonderful, positive experience to a disenfranchised family,” Jane B. Phinney, Ripton Elementary School Principal Gender Gap Persists New study by Womenʼs Sports Foundation finds disadvantaged girls lag Snow Stars Alpine - Amey Snow Stars Nordic - Emma in sports opportunities. and Alissa “This program has developed the skill of the players involved The Women’s Sports Foundation as well as formulating lasting friendships that are ‘priceless,’” released a nationwide study in October Dizzy Desautels, Winooski Middle School girls' basketball coach, that examined the role sports play in the referring to the Sisters in Sport program in the Winooski School District News. lives of girls and boys. Here are some of the findings: • Girls are generally not as involved with sports and physical activity as boys. The gap is narrow in suburban areas and wider in rural and urban areas. Variations in the gender gap appear to be driven by economic disparity, race and ethnicity and family characteristics. • Girls enter sports at a later age than boys (7.4 years old compared to 6.8 years old) and they drop out sooner and in greater numbers than boys. Girls’ late start may set them up for failure in sports during middle-school years. • Many parents say their daughters are Winooski Middle School players with their Sisters in Sport, the St. Michael’s College womens’ team. being shortchanged. A majority of parents say they want similar levels of athletic opportunity for their daughters and sons, but many say Party for a good cause that girls are getting fewer Special thanks to Tom Peterson, of Peterson $1,000 for Stride! Sponsors of the event includ- opportunities in sports and physical Consulting for sponsoring and organizing the ed: Benefits Design & Strategy, Splash at the activity than boys. second annual High and Dry Regatta at the Boathouse!, West Marine, Lost Cove Burlington Community Boathouse in May. Yachting, NPM Properties, Top Hat See the entire study at What started out as a small gathering at Tom’s Entertainment and Union Street Media. www.womenssportsfoundation.org home has evolved into an event that raised over Thank you!