Helping Heroes Ski Day

Sunday, March 18, 2018 CANNON  MOUNTAIN The 1st Annual Helping Heroes Ski Day is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2018, and will be held at Cannon Mountain Ski Area in partnership with Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. The purpose of this event is to provide our active military, veterans, and first responders with disabilities a full day of outdoor adventure at no cost and an opportunity to foster camaraderie amongst other heroes. Space and adaptive equipment are limited and registration will occur on a first come first serve basis. Azimuth Check Foundation will fully sponsor the first 12 registrants with disabilities.  

By All Means

It was amazing having Kiley Jacques, freelance writer for the Appalachian Mountain Club, join our adaptive community to learn more and produce this piece highlighting the work of ASPNC in support of athletes with disabilities, their families, friends, and our outstanding volunteers. We are glad to have you and your brother Kevin as our newest participants! We can’t thank the AMC enough for their support and partnership.  Read her article in the AMC Outdoors Magazine.

New Therapeutic Recreation Initiative Expands ASPNC Impact and Programs

Matthew Jeralds, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Recreation Program and licensed CTRS-L, has joined the team at Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) to implement therapeutic recreation services for ASPNC and their participants.  Matthew has volunteered and worked in a variety of recreation settings, most notably at Northeast Passage (NEP) in Durham, a nationally recognized leader in the fields of Adaptive Sports and community and school-based Recreational Therapy.  At Northeast Passage, Matt implemented NEP’s veteran in-home therapeutic recreation program and assisted with many adaptive sports programs including the NEP Quadriplegic Rugby Team.  “The addition of Matt and the new ASPNC Recreational Therapy Initiative keeps our mission to enrich the quality of life for people with disabilities moving forward,” shared Sandy Olney, Executive Director of ASPNC. “The health-promoting program deepens ASPNC’s continuum of services and impact by adding person-centered treatment for individuals and groups in their home communities. Our focus will be on wellness education, fitness plans, functional skill development, community integration, resource and network development, and individual and family recreation, all geared toward helping our participants reach their full potential.”   This new initiative is paid for in part through a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. An immediate goal for Matt and ASPNC is to implement a Community/Home Based Recreational Therapy program and a School-Based Recreational Therapy Program, both modeled after existing, successful programs at Northeast Passage. The new ASPNC Programs will include outreach to local schools, healthcare organizations, and human service agencies for collaborative partnerships and coordinated services. Matt will also be identifying organizational volunteer staffing needs, recruiting volunteers, and organizing training opportunities.  “I look forward to meeting all our volunteers and members of the community. Together we can create a truly special program for the North Country.”

Inspiring Friday Night Fundraiser Celebrates Possibilities

How does a non-profit Board of Directors from an adaptive sports program in Franconia, NH recognize a year of inspiring participants, dedicated volunteers, life changing stories, and personal successes?  …by gathering together with community, friends, and associates to raise money of course, and Celebrate POSSIBILITIES! On Friday night, September 15th, from 6-9pm, please join the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC)’s Board of Directors for an inspirational evening…Celebrating POSSIBILITIES. “Come discover how you can become a Partner in Possibilities.” declares ASPNC Board President, Jeff Woodward.  Jeff went on to say, “This fundraiser is for a very special North Country non-profit organization.  Each year over 120 of our ASPNC volunteers partner-up with 200+ adaptive participants to maximize their individual potential and quality of life.  They do this through ASPNC’s full complement of year-round opportunities in sport, recreation, and wellness. Lives change for the better, not only for each individual with disabilities, but also as important, for their families and friends.  Imagine hitting the ski slopes with a family member with a disability who never thought skiing would be possible. With the right adaptive equipment and trained volunteers, this vision becomes a possibility, and ASPNC provides these possibilities.” Hosted at Secured Network Services (SNS.com) of 775 Industrial Drive, Littleton, NH, this Friday night fundraiser is sure to inspire.  “Live music, hearty appetizers, libations, and a live auction will add to the evening’s excitement here at SNS.” noted Kevin Low, president of SNS and ASPNC Board member.  Kevin also said, “We at SNS look forward to hosting this evening and hope you will join us to help ensure ASPNC’s life enriching services continue.” Several exciting big-ticket items are ready for your bid at the auction.  These include but are not limited to…2018 Ruze Bike from Littleton Bike and Fitness valued at $1000, White Mountain Value Pass for 2 valued at $1200 and Activity shares to help fund our programs.  All proceeds benefit the participants and year-round programs of ASPNC. Please join us! For directions/details about Celebrating Possibilities and/or to pre-purchase tickets online ($30 pp or $40pp at the door) go to AdaptiveSportsPartners.org and click on the Celebrating Possibilities link.  …or please call Michelle/ASPNC at 603-823-5232 to register.

Roadrunners Wanted

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider volunteering to be a driver for our event. All the details and registration available here:https://www.sunriseascent.org/register or call the office at 603-823-5232. Thanks… and spread the word! #countdowntotheclimb RoadRunners Wanted

Summer Volunteers Wanted

Summer Volunteers Wanted

ASPNC is looking for volunteers to help with our 8 week summer seasonal sport, recreation, and wellness programs (June 19 – August 11). Do you have an hour or two once a week that you could spare for eight weeks to hike, bike, kayak, golf, or play tennis with a person with a disability?
Please contact the ASPNC office and learn more about volunteering.
New Volunteer Open Houses – Thursday May 18th 6 PM, Saturday May 20th 8 or 10 AM and Sunday May 21st 4 PM

Spring e-Blast

          Welcome Spring! As we are making the transition between seasons and enjoying warmer temps and sunny skies, don’t forget about our fun mud-season activities… Power (wheelchair) Soccer – Every Sunday afternoon from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Profile School in Bethlehem, NH. Power (wheelchair) Soccer is a team sport played by individuals with various disabilities. New players, youth and adult, are welcome and encouraged to come give it a try. No experience necessary!  Now through Sunday, May 21st! Monday Milers Monday at 9:30 AM at different locations. 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 your pre-register so that we can help to make your experience fun and successful. Seasonal Swim Program 5:15 PM or 6:15 PM at The Evergreen Sports Center in Lisbon, NH. The swim program is designed to develop basic swim skills in a structured setting with individualized support from two WSI certified instructors as well as trained volunteers. For participants of all abilities. Program Dates: 6 weeks – May 4th – June 8th. Program Time Slots Available: 5:15 – 6:00 PM or 6:15 – 7:00 PM.   Spring Indoor Climbing Series at North Country Climbing Center in Lisbon, NH. Always wanted to give Indoor Climbing a try? Join us as we collaborate with N3C Rock gym and learn techniques that you can adapt to your personal abilities, keep fit, and have fun. Assistance is provided by volunteers who have a love for climbing and adaptive sports. Program Dates: 6 weeks – April 26th – May 31st. Program Time Slot Available: 3:00PM – 4:30PM.   Spring Biking Series at Franconia Town Recreation Area. Join us for some fresh air and spring road biking! Session fees includes bike rental, any other adaptive equipment and volunteer “guide”.  Program Dates: Thursday, April 27th – Thursday, June 1st. Program Time Slots Available: 1-2PM or 2:15-3:15PM.     Volunteers needed for all activities and participant pre-registration for all programs is necessary. Please contact the ASPNC Office at 603-823-5232 or info@adaptivesportspartners.org     MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2017 Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington August 6, 2017 Athlete registration has closed and “mule” registration is open! For more details, visit www.sunriseascent.org.       Give a life enriching gift… support our many year-round sport, recreation, and wellness opportunities! DONATE HERE

Winter 2017 Updates

  Dear Friends, We are moving through March with snow guns blowing at Cannon Mountain! It’s been another interesting winter for weather with everything from blue-bird powder days to spring melts and back to winter again. However, we are not ready to give up on winter  just yet and will be skiing and riding through March.   Don’t forget to join us for BodeFEST on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Check out the TRF website for more info: http://www.turtleridgefoundation.org/ If you haven’t been around the North Country this winter, here is a peek at what you missed! YTD we have had 127 participants and 103 volunteers join us for recreation fun! We’ve seen growth in our Alpine Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Climbing programs so far and look forward to seeing more participation in the upcoming seasons. ASPNC’s latest adaptive equipment purchase is a Trikke Skki. This unique ski allows stand up adaptive skiers the ability to have more freedom and control over their skiing experience. The Trikke Skki is easily adjustable for youth or adults and the learning progression is a safe and relatively swift process. Check it out if you haven’t already! Pirates and Wenches showed up by the boatload on Saturday, February 4th, for a super fun and successful Pirates of the High Skis! If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year – Saturday, February 3, 2018.       North Country Sled Dogs Our newly formed sled hockey team for players with and without disabilities. A special Thank You to Turtle Ridge Foundation for their support in helping to fund ice time for the team at Fenton Chester Ice Arena! And who can’t help but to think about our mountain tops being covered in green leaves and sunshine? We are, and we would love for you to be thinking about participating or volunteering for ASPNC spring/summer/fall programs. We are also looking for a super special someone to be a Summer Intern. For more information about an internship, please contact me at 603-823-5232 or email info@adaptivesportspartners.org. Best Regards,   Sandy Olney MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2017 Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington August 6, 2017 How would you like to be a part of this great event? Help organize, set-up, team volunteer, participate…we welcome your participation! For more details, visit www.sunriseascent.org.       Participant Spotlight Marsha Gray In 2014, Marsha Gray, a resident of Waterford, VT, read about ASPNC’s Sunrise Ascent on Mt. Washington and called us to see how she could get involved. Since then, Marsha has participated in two Sunrise Ascents as well as many of our seasonal programs including walking, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and biking. Marsha’s perseverance has kept her coming back to ASPNC after recovering from double knee replacements and a broken back. After a recent snowshoe outing at the Rocks Estate, Marsha expressed how ASPNC changed her life, “ASPNC helped me to get back out in the fresh air. If it wasn’t for ASPNC, none of this would be possible. I am very grateful for