Sports Programming Director Hired for Renowned Adaptive Sports Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, NH, July 11, 2014 — Ryan Latham has been named Sports Programming Director at New England Disabled Sports (NEDS), headquartered for more than 25 years at the Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, NH.

Latham brings over nine years of professional leadership experience in adaptive sports to NEDS. He is a graduate of the prestigious Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, having served BOEC for five years, first as an intern, and later joining the professional staff. Latham has relocated to New Hampshire from Snowmass Village, Colorado, where he most recently served four years as the Adaptive Sports Manager for Challenge Aspen, affiliated with the Aspen Skiing Company. In addition to full-time positions in Aspen and Breckenridge, he served as lead instructor for the Sundance Film Festival official selection documentary “The Movement” featuring Warren Miller and Robert Redford, and has been a professional whitewater rafting guide throughout the United States.

He begins his role at NEDS July 14, overseeing the organization’s programming operations at Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods, including 250 volunteer coaches, and sports programs that served more than 550 students with disabilities in the last year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to the NEDS team and believe his wealth of knowledge and experience in the adaptive sports industry will only fortify our position as one of the premier programs in the United States,” said Ralph Nelson, Executive Director of New England Disabled Sports. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of his caliber, with his wide-ranging experience, on our team. His first order of business will be to focus efforts on building a more diverse and extensive slate of summer and winter adaptive sports for our students, so that we can touch even more lives. He will also be working with our coaching leadership to assess and upgrade the training experience and credentialing programs for our instructors,” said Nelson.

Highly trained and certified, Latham’s management experience includes growing adaptive programs for two rganizations in Colorado, overseeing multiple sports, including Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cycling, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, accessible ropes course, and mountaineering, as well as other activities. His professional certifications include PSIA-RM Adaptive RMT, PSIA-RM Adaptive Level III, PSIA-RM Children’s Specialist 2, AASI-RM Snowboard Level I, CPR/AED (NOLS), and Wilderness First Responder (NOLS). Latham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from Ohio University in 2006.

About New England Disabled Sports:
New England Disabled Sports (NEDS), headquartered at the Loon Mountain Resort, Lincoln, NH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1987, offering summer and winter adaptive sports programming for individuals of all ages and disabilities. The NEDS mission is…”through sports, changing lives affected by disabilities.” NEDS’ coaches are highly trained to assist individuals with developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities. NEDS is nationally recognized as one of the premier adaptive sports programs in the United States.

The heart of NEDS stems from its skilled volunteer coaches, each bringing a wealth of teaching experience and varied certifications along with NEDS-required ongoing training and continuing education. NEDS also features a Pre Adaptive Coaches program (PAC) where a highly selective group of high school age students, interested in becoming adult coaches, train and teach alongside experienced instructors. For more information on NEDS, its sports programs, and volunteer opportunities, contact: Terry MacDonald, Administrative Director, 39 Loon Brook Road, Lincoln, NH 03251, 603-745-9333 New England Disabled Sports “where boundaries are broken”

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Contact: Ralph Nelson, Executive Director
rnelson@nedisabledsports.org
603-745-9333