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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Amateur Sports, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development

Mission:

The mission of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country is to provide year-round opportunities in sports and recreation for persons with physical or developmental disabilities. Its goal is to enhance the personal development and self-esteem of participants, and to provide an opportunity to take risks in a safe and supportive environment. It is a core belief of the organization that the opportunity to experience the thrill of accomplishment can be a life-affirming experience. The organization is committed to including the families and friends of its participants, volunteers, partner organizations and the North Country community in its efforts.

Programs:

The Personal Fitness for Children with Disabilities program helps participants learn outdoor activity skills by participating in regular activities with trained adult volunteers. In addition, guidance for participants and their families is provided to enable them to develop habits of physical activity on a regular basis as part of a long-term personal wellness strategy.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dave56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with ASPNC almost from the beginning starting off fundraising and volunteering, also becoming a board member, I am amazed at the amount of services we have been able to offer and we continue to grow and make a huge difference in many peoples lives.
We have a fantastic selection of dedicated volunteers led by our extremely dedicated Executive Director/ Program Director Sandy Olney, allowing us to offer a wide array of activities 12 months a year. I am honored to say I am part of ASPNC !
Ponytail Dave

Client Served

Rating: 5

My multi-handicapped son has been with ASPNC since early 2009! He has autism/epilepsy/gastroparesis and tibial torsion. In Oct. of 2008 he became critically ill and was inpatient at Boston Children's Hospital for an extended period of time. When released, I was told to get him moving! Due to the extent of his needs ASPNC was the ONLY organization willing to bring him on board no questions asked!!!! By January of 2009 he was on Cannon Mountain! It didn't matter that he had a feeding pump and that it took 3 volunteers to hold him up. He was skiiing!! I look back on the pictures of that day amazed at how things have changed. Since that time he has been able to cut his medications and feeding formula in half! His leg strength has improved so that a year ago he was able to lose his leg braces. Most importantly, his confidence has grown exponentially! He bikes, hikes, kayaks, swims snow shoes etc year round. He's also a 3 time Special Olympic gold medalist. He also climbed Mount Washington during ASPNC'S Sunrise Ascent. His health is dependent on their services. He is doing things with this organization I only dreamed possible. He is again struggling with his health yet they adapt week by week to his needs. The volunteers make this organization. Many have become my extended family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had this amazing volunteering experience through ASPNC this summer. Along with the team members, I helped the disable people reach the summit of Mt. Washington, NH (the place known for world's extreme weather and recorded highest wind speed in US) pushing and pulling the custom made wheel chair in a 7 miles journey. This experience was far beyond my expectation and the support from people was overwhelming. I also had an opportunity to go on a bike ride with various groups to help disable people enjoy nature and promote healthy life. All these work/activity wouldn't be possible without a non-profit organizations like ASPNC. You guys rock and keep up the good work!

Review from Guidestar

Ted B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello. I am a donor and have volunteered but only once. My close friends are leaders with ASPNC and they consistently update me on the good work they do. I am very impressed on how well they are organized and the meaningful impact their group has had. I will continue to be a proud donor of this organization.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are amazed at how much is done by all the volunteers in this tremendous program. All the events they have for so many individuals in the program is beyond comprehension. From winter to summer activities, the volunteers in this program do so much for those with special needs and they do it with HIGE smiles. Cannot tell you how much our community appreciates this program.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of the community that is served by Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, I cannot say enough about what this organization has brought to us. In addition to providing great year-round sports and activity opportunities to disabled individuals, it has effectively introduced an awareness of what it means to be disabled, and thus expanded the consciousness of us all. ASPNC has become a face in and of our community. Two weeks ago my teen-age son and I attended a presentation that featured a Paralympic skier, Chris Devlin-Young, who told the story of his disability, and how he has dealt with it. At this same presentation, a film called, "Movement" was shown, that followed several disabled individuals who have used adaptive skiing as a tool for dealing with their disability. The understanding of what it means to live with a disability that is communicated through programs such as this, as well as through having an active and effective adaptive organization present is important to the health and psyche of our community.
My son, who is a senior in high school, has volunteered for ASPNC for four years. During that time, he has received very thorough training, and has had an active role in enabling disabled individuals to participate in active pursuits. I know that his involvement and experience in this amazing group of individuals; participants, leaders and volunteers, has expanded his horizons and given him a layer that he will always have. I am grateful that we have such a great resource here that does so much for so many.

Review from Guidestar