OUR MISSION

We encourage boys to exhibit excellence in character in all aspects of their lives, make healthy choices, and build confidence by leading them with a curriculum that incorporates fun activities and running.

WHAT WE DO

STRIDE teams practice twice a week for 10 weeks.  During these 75 minute practices, the boys engage in games & activities, as well as interactive discussions, that promote excellent character development.  In addition, they engage in running workouts that, during the course of the 10 week program, prepare them for the season culminating 5K.  

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS WITH DISCUSSION AND APPLICATION

Your son will develop strength of character by participating in interactive and comfortable discussion groups with our trained coaches. These boys learn to work with, understand, and encourage each other rather than compete. If your main goal is to have your boy challenge himself, then STRIDE can help.

BOOSTING CONFIDENCE BY COMPLETING THE 5K

Does your son struggle with self-confidence? When your son trains and completes the YMCA STRIDE 5K Challenge, he will realize his innate ability to accomplish hard things, as well as what it feels like to set and achieve a goal.  We encourage each boy to focus on performing at his personal best and not competing with the others around him.

DISCUSSION TOPICS THAT CHANGE LIVES

The coaches introduce the topic and give the boys the opportunity to talk with each other about the challenges they face each day. The coaches’ job is to help the boys recognize their own strength by incorporating each topic into the running workout and rewarding each boy at the end of each session. Lessons are structured around topics such as teamwork, setting goals, dealing with bullying, conflict resolution, resilience, and so much more, providing a framework for excellent character development.  

CHARACTER-BUILDING CURRICULUM

During the 10 weeks, the curriculum covers topics that are designed to help develop excellent character. The boys are given the opportunity to talk with each other and their coaches and engage in interactive activities and games to support the lessons at each practice.  Many of these lessons are directly related to common issues that boys face in school, in sports, and in the community.

Each session starts with the coaches welcoming the boys. Then the boys do a dynamic warm up that includes a related game or activity that relates to the day's lesson. Next they have a short discussion, do a creative running workout that again relates to the topic, and ends with another discussion and team collaboration.  Each boy is recognized for excellent character at the end of each session. Throughout the curriculum, the focus is on doing one's personal best, not competing with each other.