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!
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/
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 ~ email@example.com
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.
[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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out this weeks location at on our Calendar.
Spring Biking – Thursdays PM, 2 sessions, 1PM & 2:15PM, Franconia Town Recreation Area. START DATE April 7th (weather dependent). 8 weeks
Indoor Boccia – Wednesdays 10:30AM – 11:15AM, Franconia Town Hall (until April 6th)
Swimming – Fridays, 2 sessions, 4:15PM & 5:15PM Evergreen Pool, START DATE May 6th, 6 weeks
We raised nearly $18,000 during this year’s event! Thank You! A tremendous “THANK YOU” to everyone who helped support our sixth annual Pirates of the High Skis event! From the Treasure Hunt to the Tattoo Parlor and the Photo Booth to the search for the Turncoat Traitors, a fun and enjoyable time was had by all. Our Silent Auction and Luck O’ the Brotherhood Raffles were great successes, too! This year we raised nearly $18,000 – over $3,000 more than our prior best year! Sponsor Shoutout We thank our sponsors for their support in helping to make this event successful each year. Event Sponsor Admiral of the Pow Brethren of the Bump Paramount Electrical Tuckerbrook Buccaneer For those who made it out to the event, we hope you had as much fun as we did! And we hope to see you all next year!
Notes from the Board We are making plans for our annual meeting of the ASPNC membership on March 12th. This will be a combination annual meeting and member / volunteer / participant appreciation gathering. Details will follow soon. We are in full swing preparing for the Pirates of the High Skis! This is our big annual winter fundraiser, please come out and support this great event. The board will be at its annual retreat on Saturday, March 26th at the AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch. This is where we look at both short and long term goals. If anyone has any thoughts on things we might consider in our short and long term planning please let Sandy know. Your input is welcome and appreciated. Fundraising is on track with last year but this is always a focus for our group as without it we do not operate. If you are not already a member we ask that you join us. Please also consider asking your friends to join and support our mission and community as a member as well. There are some great benefits along with knowing your membership donations support all the great programs ASPNC offers throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support, Jeff Woodward, President ASPNC Board of Directors Become a Member Now Arrr! Pirates of the High Skis this Saturday It’s all hands on deck this weekend for our biggest fundraiser of the winter! If you haven’t done so already, you can register for the event here. Our Luck ‘O the Brotherhood raffle tickets are also for sale online here – be sure to sign up for a chance to win this year’s excellent prizes! 2016/2017 Cannon Mountain Season Pass 2 Night – Mittersill Alpine Resort Ski & Stay Package K2 AMP72 Skis 167cm with Marker Bindings You don’t need to be present to win the raffle, so please pass on these links to your friends and family to help make this event a success! Find all the information about this weekend’s fun by clicking here. New equipment is here! Our new Tessier equipment has arrived and we’ve been fast at work getting everything unpacked, assembled, and out onto the snow! Unpacking new equipment makes us happy! Adjusting the new Tessier Tandem’Flex – the only one like it in the United States! A test run of our new Tessier DualSki. X Games Update ASPNC’s own Chris Devlin-Young beat out the pack in the qualifying round by more than a second and was leading the pack by a healthy margin in the Semi Finals before suffering a binding pre-release and crash. Best wishes to Chris in his recovery! In the meantime, please enjoy this clip of Chris giving X Games host Victoria Arlen a Mono Ski lesson shown on ESPN:
Happy New Year from ASPNC!
We hope that your 2016 is off to a great start! Here at ASPNC we’ve been busy with volunteer training – sometimes working through less than cooperative weather! – and starting our first programs of the season. Saturday we were thrilled to have Spaulding Adaptive Ski Club join us on the mountain to kick off our winter programs!
New Year Outlook
Thanks to a generous donation we are able to purchase all of our much needed alpine equipment for the year! Our wish list included:
- Tessier TandemFlex (the only one of its kind in the United States),
- Tessier Tempo Duo for independent or tandem operation,
- Tessier Tempo Uniski,
- Two Superlite monoski outriggers,
- Four Superlite stand-up outriggers
A huge “Thank You!” to our anonymous donor for helping to acquire these items and start the year off right!
New & Noteworthy
Exciting news at Cannon Mountain: the exterior vertical lift is installed and inspected, providing access to the full lodge for visitors with limited mobility. We’re thrilled to have collaborated on this project with Cannon Mountain, Centerplate, Inc., Spaulding Adaptive Sports, the Zack Heger Foundation, and our many supporters! Celebrate #AccessforAll!
Check out more photos of the construction process on our Facebook page.
Thank you again for your continued support. Here’s to a great 2016!
Join us for Pirates of the High Skis on February 6, 9AM-3PM at Cannon Mountain! Ski or Ride like a Pirate for a Day of Treasure Hunting, Prizes and Pirate Fun
By the Numbers
2015 was a great year for ASPNC!
- Over 1,400 activity sessions
- 185 participants
- 79 new participants
- 133 volunteers
- 37 new volunteers
Thanks to all who helped contribute to our success last year, and for helping us reach greater heights this year!
Special thanks to The Mount Washington Cog Railway, one of ASPNC’s newest sponsors and an Admiral of the POW at the upcoming Pirates of the High Skis!