New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) features its renowned Pre-Adaptive Coaching program (PAC) for winter season sports activities. Teenagers interested in learning how to adapt sports for individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to learn and grow under the supervision and mentorship of our professional staff and accredited adult coaches. Each season, a group of well-rounded teens are selected through an interview process to join the PAC.
Passion and Commitment are attributes required of those who choose to apply to the PAC program. PAC volunteers experience an incomparable level of camaraderie with the NEDS community, both on and off the slopes. PAC volunteers work alongside experienced NEDS coaches to help students ‘break barriers’ never thought possible. PAC volunteers are trained to become active coaches by the time they are sixteen through a well-organized training program. Along their journey they will support the program through various other jobs such as preparing equipment, assisting coaches, observing lessons and supporting various program sanctioned events. The greatest fulfillment a PAC volunteer can achieve is an athlete’s first successful turn develop into a passion for snowsports.
PAC volunteers learn responsibility, self awareness, confidence, leadership, independence and compassion. Pairing these skill with an increase of interpersonal, intrapersonal skills, PAC volunteers are given the tools to have an upper hand in pursing life goals. The program also provides short-term, immediate benefits including healthy, productive winter activities, disability awareness, an interactive and exciting learning environment, new experiences, new friends and fun.
PAC Applications are CLOSED for the 2019-2020 season.
Click HERE to fill out an application.
- Must be a motivated teenager in 8th Grade or above by September 1, 2018
- Able to commit to the required number of volunteer days
- Able to ski or ride at an intermediate level
- Reliable transportation
- PAC Observer Job Description & Code of Conduct
- PAC Volunteer Job Description
Once applications close, the PAC Coordinator will review applications and determine which applicants will be invited to have a phone interview.
Phone interviews will be conducted 5 days after applicants submission and will last 15-20 mins. Applicants will be interviewed by the PAC Coordinator as well as one other NEDS Staff Member. Please note for applicants 14 years or younger, this will be the last step in the application process.
PAC applicants 15 years and older that have been selected to attend the in person interview will be notified and expected to attend in October in Lincoln, NH. Interviews will last 20-30 mins and will be be conducted by a group people consisting of PAC Alumni, a NEDS Board Member, and the PAC Coordinator. Applicants are expected to dress for a professional interview and bring a resume with them.
All PAC applicants will be notified, by the end October, if they have been selected to join the PAC program. All chosen PAC volunteers are required to attend the NEDS Volunteer Kickoff Weekend in November.
What to Expect as a PAC Member:
Typical day at NEDS: Arrive at NEDS in the AM around 8:40am and start preparing all of the equipment needed for lessons at 8:30am. Morning meeting starts at 9:05am 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 volunteers are required to attend pre-season training in November and December prior to the start of lessons (typically the 2nd weekend in December).
Volunteer Benefit: TBD.
Contact Cullen Robinson at [email protected] with any questions.