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 ( 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 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: 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     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       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: 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 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       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

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

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!