Partners in Possibilities

As I write to you today, I am sitting in our new ASPNC Headquarters in the Franconia Market Place building at 297 Main Street in Franconia. If you haven’t been by to visit us at our new location, I encourage you to stop in and see our fabulous new space! We are busy with final wrap up of a winter season that saw many great successes on the slopes, the basketball court, and on the beautiful trails that surround us. Power soccer and bowling have started. In May, we will begin a full complement of Spring programs including swimming, climbing, gardening, and biking. Profile School students will also be joining us at Tamarack Tennis Camp for after-school tennis. Most of our spring programs are already full as are our summer biking, hiking, kayaking, and golf programs. If you think you have so time to spare, we are seeking additional volunteers so that we can clear the names from our growing waitlists.  Each day I work with people with a wide variety of abilities helping to enrich their quality of life through participation in activities like sled hockey and gardening, and a growing list of other sport, recreation, and wellness opportunities provided on a year-round basis through Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. I consider these services to be essential to quality of life and as such, ASPNC provides services to all who request them regardless of their ability to pay. Our program fees are minimal and on average cover less than 20% of our cost, but even so, a growing number of our participants find they do not have the resources to pay. I am asking today for your support for our Partner in Possibilities Campaign which will help to cover the program fees that we waive. Last year this amounted to over $13,000 and we anticipate this number to top $16,000 by the end of this year. This is how you can help make it possible; Your gift in the amount of . . . $640 – a winter of alpine skiing or snowboarding and a summer of biking. $400 – a winter of alpine skiing or snowboarding $240 – a season of hiking, biking, climbing or kayaking $100 – participation on one of our competitive sport teams and a team jersey $  50 – an alpine ski session or 2 summer hiking sessions As we begin this new and wonderful spring season, I hope that you will consider joining me as a Partner in Possibilities, helping adaptive athletes of all ages and all abilities, with a gift of participation, inclusion, and enrichment. With appreciation,     Sandy Olney Executive Director   Make your gift online at www.AdaptiveSportsPartners.org/possible

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