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 the NEDS community, 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 the tools 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 coaches of the New England Disabled Sports program by preparing and maintaining equipment, assisting students, teaching lessons, and supporting various program events. The greatest fulfillments to PAC membership are witnessing a student-athlete’s first successful turn and develops an increase in interpersonal, intrapersonal, independence and compassion
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 Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 season.
PAC Vision Statement:
Make a difference in the lives of others, while learning about oneself.
Click HERE to fill out an application.
Applications are due Friday, September 14th
- 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 16th 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 October 13 & 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 ending October 20th, 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 TBD.
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 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 seasons ski pass.
Contact Cullen Robinson at [email protected] with any questions.