ASPNC welcomes 4 new board members

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) is excited to announce four new members to its Board of Directors. ASPNC is a Franconia based non-profit organization offering year-round sport, recreation, and wellness opportunities for people with disabilities. Shane MacElhiney Presently, Shane is the Academic Dean at The White Mountain School, where he also resides with his wife and two children. Shane’s initial interest and belief in the power of adaptive sports programs started almost 20 years ago in Breckenridge, Colorado working for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. It was this experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds and needs that helped launch his career in teaching and coaching teenagers in schools, where he is has been for the last 19 years. He first learned about the APSNC through The White Mountain School’s community service program. Shane hopes that his organizational leadership and program leadership experience in non-profit schools as well as his passion for working with young people can help ASPNC to continue to achieve its goals. He is excited to learn from the dedicated people who already do such great work for the organization. Kevin Low Kevin is the President and Founder of Secured Network Services, Inc. (SNS), employing roughly 40 full-time employees in 4 locations in Littleton and Manchester, NH, Norwood, MA, and Providence, RI, providing IT  support to over 100 businesses in New England.  Kevin is a resident of the Franconia area, a member of the NH High Tech Council, Littleton Rotary Club, Lafayette Regional School Finance Committee, an active member of the Littleton Fire Department and PEMI Valley Search and Rescue Team, and most importantly, the father of three children. Kevin’s extensive experience in business management and strong leadership skills will bring new and innovative ideas to further the growth and success of ASPNC. Colin Paget Colin has a lifelong love for skiing and privately started instructing his deaf friends on ski technique. Colin’s love for skiing and teaching people with adaptive needs inspired him to join PSIA and become certified in levels Alpine II and Adaptive III. He first volunteered with New England Disabled Sports before hearing of ASPNC in 2014. Since then, Colin has volunteered year-round and is committed to working with the adaptive community. Colin’s years of experience with adaptive recreation will benefit the board at ASPNC in sustaining its mission. James A Shuchman Jim and his wife have lived in Littleton for ten years and have just recently retired, after practicing Law in NH for 42 years.  Jim first became associated with ASPNC through Cris Criswell when the organization was just forming. He has been a volunteer for the last seven years participating in the biking and skiing programs. As a volunteer, Jim has seen firsthand the benefits the programs provide to our participants and the tremendous growth the organization has experienced. Jim’s experience both professionally and as a ASPNC volunteer will be a huge asset to the Board of Directors. ASPNC welcomes Shane, Kevin, Colin, and Jim to the organization’s

2017 Summer Interns Needed

Know someone who is looking for a fun, outdoor summer internship? We have an opening for an intern to work with our programs during Summer, 2017.  The intern would be expected to assist the program team with all aspects of organizing and conducting summer programs.  This internship would be well suited for someone who wants to develop skills in outdoor leadership, gain hands-on direct experience in working with people with a wide range of abilities, work with a mostly volunteer non-profit organization, and share their love of the outdoors and their skills with other people.  Qualifications include experience with at least some of our summer activities (hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing, unified softball, tennis, golf, and gardening), an organized and responsible approach, ability to deal with several projects at the same time, and ability to work as a team member with a variety of types of people.  Previous experience working with people with disabilities would be a plus, but is not required.  The internship would be based at ASPNC’s headquarters in Franconia, NH, but you would frequently be at activities taking place at a variety of venues throughout the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Scheduling of the internship work can be somewhat flexible, but at a minimum you should be available to work full time for a period of at least 10 weeks during the time period June 1 to August 30.  Our busiest time being June 12 – August 20. Please apply with your resume and a cover letter detailing your background and your interest in the position to Sandy Olney, Executive Director, Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, 461 Main Street, P.O. Box 304, Franconia, NH  03580, or, email sandy@adaptivesportspartners.org.

North Country Storm Returns!

On Sundays, March 12th – May 21st, Power (wheelchair) Soccer will be returning to the North Country as an adaptive team sport. The North Country Storm, a team of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC), will begin an 11-week season of practice and competition. “The Storm” is looking for both participants and volunteers to help with this activity. The team will practice at the Profile School gym in Bethlehem from 3 – 4:30PM. Power Soccer is a team sport played by individuals with various disabilities, new players, youth and / or adult are welcome. No previous experience necessary. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of 4 power chair users attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score points on a goal. The game is similar to the nonstop action seen in a typical soccer game. Please contact the ASPNC office for more information or to register to play!

Sled Hockey Championships!

Come join us for the Sled Hockey Championships! Sled Dogs are first on the ice with a 10 AM game.  Our sled hockey team has been practicing all season long.  Come watch them play in their first game on the ice! Saturday, February 25 at Fenton Chester Arena, Lyndon Center, Vermont. Game 1: 10 AM Sled Cats vs Sled Dogs Game 2: 11:15 AM CV Pioneers vs Ice Vets Game 3: Winner 1 vs Winner 2 For more information, contact David Santamore at 802-498-3030

SkKi Trikki

ASPNC is excited to announce its latest adaptive equipment purchase, a Trikke Skki! Trikke Skkis are a new, easy way to carve down ski slopes. But for adaptive skiers it is more than that, the Trikke Skki allows adaptive skiers the ability to have more freedom and control over their skiing experience.  The Skki is equipped with custom, wood-core, shaped skis and generously padded handlebars for ease of control. The skier stands on the decks and uses the handlebar to steer the trike. The 3-points of contact to the snow give the Trikke Skki great stability and the handlebar is added support, giving adaptive skiers more independent mobility. Our first day out on the snow was with Luke, a local participant. Luke was quickly able to stand on and move the Trikke Skki. Once Luke became more confident on the Trikke Skki, the Skki was tethered and Luke was able to ski more challenging terrain with little assistance! Several of our volunteers trained with a Skki Trikke trainer and have been having a blast learning about the newest piece of equipment. ASPNC would love to share this experience and new equipment. Please contact us to determine if Trikke Skki skiing is for you!

New Volunteer Information

Winter Fun is just around the corner! Join us at the ASPNC office Franconia to learn how you can help other enjoy the coming winter by sharing sport, recreation and wellness activities with people of all abilities! Some experience is helpful, but no need to be an expert. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following winter activities: alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, indoor Boccia, swimming, wheelchair tennis and climbing. Join us for one of 3 New Volunteer Information Sessions: Thursday, October 20th at 5:30PM or Saturday, October 23rd at 4:00PM or Sunday, October 24th at 9:30AM http://www.AdaptiveSportsPartners.org/

Adult Floor Hockey starting September 20th.

Registration ongoing thru October 7th! Yep, we’ve got that! WANTED: Players, with and without disabilities, to join the coed Unified Floor Hockey teams of Adaptive Sports Partners! This is a fun, active and social team sport… no previous experience necessary.  These Special Olympics team will be practicing for the NH State Competition to be held on Saturday, November 19th at the St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH. Unified Floor Hockey Adults – age 18+ Tuesdays, 5:30PM – 7:00PM September 20th – November 15th Haverhill Cooperative Middle School Fee: $60* (includes loan of a team t-shirt)** *please contact the ASPNC office if the fee presents a hardship **you may purchase your own team shirt for $30 Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) is a year-round, non-profit adaptive sports and recreation organization located in Franconia, NH.  ASPNC provides sports and recreation opportunities and instruction to individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. For more information or to register please call: 603-823-5232 Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country 461 Main Street, PO Box 304, Franconia, NH 03580 603-823-5232 ~ info@adaptivesportspartners.org

Newsletter 5/19/16

Latest Happenings at ASPNC ASPNC’s Power Soccer team – North Country STORM – has their last competitive match this Saturday at home (Profile School) against Upper Valley Wheelers. The game is at 10:30 AM, come out and cheer our team on! Our Monday Milers team getting out and enjoying the sun! Join us on Mondays from 9:30-11:30am. Take a hike! This summer we’re getting together once a month to explore trails throughout the area. Susan Moore wins prestigious award! The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will honor Susan Stearn Moore ’65 of Franconia, NH with a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award on Friday, May 20, 2016. Moore will be recognized with the Mary Rosa McDonough Award for outstanding service to her local community and to the University. A founding member of Adaptive Sports Partners, Susan has volunteered so much of her time tirelessly over the past 7 years. We thank you SO MUCH for your service! Adaptive Climbing Group Somerville, MA Adaptive Climbing Group (ACG) supports all people with disabilities learn how to climb. We have a weekly Sunday climb at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville adaptive climbers both get to learn to climb, improve their skills, belay other climbers and build community. To sign up to help out with an event they have coming up this weekend or just to help out on random weekends – click this link: ACG Sunrise Ascent Registration Registration is now open for Mules and Trail Angels for our seventh annual Sunrise Ascent on Mt. Washington! Join us and celebrate the sunrise from Mt. Washington and the determination of our athlete teams. Whatever your involvement, you are sure to be inspired!  Register Now For ongoing information about the Sunrise Ascent, follow our Facebook page. Track our progress as we approach the event and help us celebrate with#countdowntotheclimb! ASPNC Open House New Volunteer Open House Know someone interested in volunteering with ASPNC? We’re hosting several Open House events in the coming weeks: Sun., May 22nd : 4 PM – 5:30 PM Thurs., June 2nd : 5:30 PM – 7 PM Please RSVP for all Open House events at the ASPNC Office, 461 Main Street, Franconia, NH 03580.

Newsletter 04/21/2016

[featured-img] ** Spring Brings Wonderful Things at ASPNC! Congratulations to ASPNC’s Sue Tatem for passing her PSIA Adaptive Level 1 Blind/DD exam at Killington! Way to go, Sue! Three cheers for ASPNC’s Special Olympics Unified Basketball Team, North Country UNITED, for placing second in their division at the NH State Tournament on April 9! ** Spring Programs Start Soon! In addition to our ongoing programs for Power Soccer, Monday Milers, and Wheelchair Tennis, we’re excited to start up a new slate of programs in the coming weeks! Spring Biking: Thursdays, April 21 – May 26, 1-3:30PM Profile After School Tennis Activity: Tuesdays, April 26 – May 24, 2:15-3:45PM – Volunteers needed! * Indoor Climbing: Wednesdays, May 4 – June 22, 3-4:30PM – Volunteers needed! Spring Swim Series: Fridays, May 6 – June 10, 4-6PM Garden Buddies: Tuesdays, May 24 – Sept. 27, 9-10:30AM If you’re interested in our upcoming Indoor Climbing program, check out this video from Outdoor Fest and Adaptive Climbing Group for some inspiration! View our full calendar of activities here. We hope to see you this spring! Sunrise Ascent Registration Coming Soon! Calling all volunteers! Registration for our 7th annual Sunrise Ascent on Mt. Washington is planned to “go live” on May 1. Join adaptive athletes as a “Mule” as they hike to the top, a “Trail Angel” to help an athlete & team with their fundraising, a “Roadrunner” to transport hikers back to the base area, or volunteer with our Bottom Side Brunch celebration after the hike. Whatever your involvement, you are sure to be inspired! For more information and to register after May 1, visit www.sunriseascent.org

Monday Milers

Monday Milers is a fun and social wellness activity promoting a healthier lifestyle and the notion to get out and walk for wellness. Complimentary and open to anyone and everyone, we encourage you to come on out and join us! If you need any special assistance we do ask that you pre-register so that we can help to make your experience fun and successful. Let us know you are coming by calling 603-823-5232 or emailing the ASPNC office info@adaptivesportspartners.org. Check out this weeks location at on our Calendar.