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.The PAC program is a mix of on-mountain and off-mountain activities. 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 PAC program also provides members a group of peers and adults for activities and socialization away from the snow, including movie nights, dinners and pool parties. 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.



Join PAC and Join HAPPY!

Applications for PAC are due September 30, 2016

Contact Tisha Achorn at

to receive an application.