Exciting news at Cannon… the exterior lift is complete!
A special thank you to Centerplate, Inc., Cannon Mountain Ski Area, Spaulding Adaptive Sports, the Zack Heger Foundation and everyone who contributed to this truly collaborative project.
NH Adaptive Sports Collaborative Evening at the Flying Monkey!
In the spring of 2012, four best friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals with physical disabilities, and lived to tell the story in a feature documentary film.
From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, our cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active. We went rock climbing with the blind, played soccer with quadriplegics, and swam with those with muscular dystrophy, to name a few. Through our journey, we learned that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.
36th Annual Pat Polletta Two Mile Rail-trail Race
The 36th Annual Pat Polletta Two Mile Rail-Trail race a huge success!
The Winner’s Circle Running Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit is an all-volunteer organization with race proceeds donated to charities. The 36th Annual Pat Polletta Race supported the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, a non-profit organization providing year-round opportunities in sports and recreation for persons with physical or developmental disabilities with $4500 in earnings from this race!
Pat Polletta was a famous running coach and pioneer of New England running. He fostered the first girls/women’s running programs in northeastern Massachusetts in a time when women were dissuaded from taking up the sport of running. Coaching from a wheelchair after sustaining an injury, Polletta did not let anything slow him down!
ASPNC’s 2nd Dinner and a Movie Night a Huge Success
- Click here to learn more about HARK and Hope on the Horizon.
On Thursday, May 15th ASPNC hosted a screening of HARK’s documentary film Hope on the Horizon: An Expedition for ALS. HARK, a non-profit, was formed by Donna Dourney York in memory of her father, Charlie “HARK” Dourney, after he lost his battle with ALS in 2009. This moving film follows four hikers, including the filmmaker, who set out to summit all 48 “4000 footers” in a single trip on foot. Two complete the journey and reached the 48th summit in 25 days to raise awareness and funding for ALS patients and their families. The showing of this film brought in $2500 from HARK towards the purchase of a new trailrider! Thank you those went and Dined for Adaptive first at Rosa Flamingos, The Little Grille and Chang Thai. Thank you to the Healthy Rhino and Slick’s Ice Cream for their donations towards our sundae bar. Thank you to Colonial Theater for allowing us to have this event. And finally thank you to everyone that came to enjoy the film and learn more about ASPNC and our upcoming Bank of New Hampshire Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington. Click here for more information on Sunrise Ascent.
Local Paralympian Home for the Holidays!
Chris Devlin-Young holds the record for the longest winning streak in US Adaptive Alpine history. Winning the World Cup finals last season in the Sochi, Russia Pre-Paralympics and this season’s World Cup Opener in New Zealand sets him up as the leading contender for the 2014 Paralympic gold.
Recently, Chris and his wife Donna Devlin-Young moved to Bethlehem, NH. Both have been highly committed to supporting skiers with disabilities and have been involved in numerous adaptive ski and race programs throughout the country. This fall Chris offered to become the ASPNC Official Ski Ambassador and Donna joined ASPNC as a volunteer and was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for ASPNC. They believe that we at ASPNC are unique in our focus on community and our commitment to inclusion exemplified, by the organization’s willingness to work with all disabilities, including those who are most challenged.
Chris was at Cannon Mountain on December 28th. He provided training for ASPNC’s volunteer instructors in the morning, ski instruction to mono-skiers in the afternoon and held a “free ski” with Chris from 3-4PM.
To learn more about Chris and his recent accomplishments go to www.gocdy.com.
Dori Hamilton, president of Lisbon’s Friends in Council, presented Sandy Olney, Director of the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country with a check for $500. Mrs. Hamilton selected ASPNC as her choice to receive the President’s Choice Award for the work the organization does with Lisbon residents and the volunteer opportunities ASPNC offers to the community at large. Lisbon’s Friends in Council, the North Country’s oldest Women’s club, is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and was founded in 1897 by Mary Parker Woodworth, a Lisbon resident who wished to organize a women’s club and promote the advancement of women. Through the years club members have been responsible for a long history of community improvement, which include both environmental and humanitarian efforts.
A special thank you to the O’Neill Council # 1835 Knights of Columbus which presented us with a generous $1,000 donation. They continue to be strong supporters of Adaptive Sports Partners. Sandy Olney, left, Executive Director of Adaptive Sports, received the donation from Grand Knight Tim Burnell. The funds came from October’s Tootsie Roll donation drive that the Knights sponsored. Greg Brown, treasurer of the local chapter, said funds from the drive are sent to the state Knights of Columbus organization, which uses part of the donation to support the Special Olympics. Brown said the local chapter then selects charities in the region with remaining funds.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization dedicated to charity and fellowship.
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