New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) features its renowned Pre-Adaptive Coaching program (PAC) for winter season sports activities. High school age students interested in learning to coach snowsports to individuals living with disabilities have the opportunity under the supervision and mentorship of our professional staff and accredited adult coaches. Each season, 25 well-rounded high school students are selected through an intensely competitive interview process to join the PAC.
Passion And Commitment are attributes required of those who choose to apply to the PAC program. PAC members experience an incomparable level of camaraderie with fellow members, both on and off the slopes. Each weekend of the season, members work alongside experienced NEDS coaches to help students ‘break barriers’ never thought possible. PAC members are provided training, responsibility and the opportunity to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others by sharing the joy of snowsports with individuals living with disabilities. Members are trained to become active members of the New England Disabled Sports program by preparing and maintaining equipment, assisting students, teaching lessons, and supporting various program events. The most important benefits to PAC membership are increased skills and the confidence obtained while making a difference in the lives of others.
PAC members learn responsibility, self awareness, confidence, leadership, independence and compassion. These life lessons combined with real experience give PAC members a tremendous advantage in pursuing life goals including college and employment. The program also provides short-term, immediate benefits including healthy, productive winter activites, disability awareness, an interactive and exciting learning environment, new experiences, new friends and fun.
PAC Mission Statement:
Make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.
PAC applications for the 2017-2018 winter season are now open.
Click on the link below to fill out an application.
Applications are due Friday, September 15thAPPLY
- Active High School Student
- Able to commit to the required number of volunteer days
- Able to ski or ride at an intermediate level
Once applications close, an application review board will review applications and determine which applicants will be invited to have a phone interview.
Phone interviews will be conducted the week of September 18th and will last 15-20 mins. Applicants will be interviewed by a group of 4-5 people consisting of PAC alumni, NEDS board members, and the PAC coordinator.
Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend an in person interview by the last week of September. In person interviews will be held Saturday, October 14 in Lincoln, NH. Interviews will last 20-30 mins and will be be conducted by a group of 4-5 people consisting of PAC alumni, NEDS board members, and the PAC coordinator. Applicants are expected to dress for a professional interview and bring a resume with them.
Applicants will be notified, by the week of October 16th, if they have been selected to join the PAC program for the 2017-2018 winter season. All PAC members are required to attend the NEDS Volunteer Kickoff Weekend November 11-12th.
What to Expect as a PAC Member
Typical day at NEDS: Arrive at NEDS in the AM around 8:00am and start preparing all of the equipment needed for lessons at 8:30am. Morning meeting starts at 9:05 am in the coaches locker room. Lessons run from 9:30-11:30am and 1:00-3:00am. Once all lessons are done, help put away all of the equipment and write notes on your student.
PAC members are required to attend pre-season training in November and December prior to the start of lessons at the end of December.
Volunteer benefit: PAC members will receive a season pass from the mountain.
Contact Tisha Achorn at TishaA@NEDisabledSports.org with any questions.