Northeast Passage (NEP) was founded in 1990 as a private non-profit organization. In March of 2000, after years of successful collaboration, Northeast Passage officially merged with the University of New Hampshire as the service branch of the Recreation Management and Policy Department within the College of Health and Human Services. Their mission is to create an environment where individuals with disabilities can enjoy recreation with independence and the same quality of life as their non-disabled peers.
Northeast Passage strives to create a welcoming environment for Veterans in all of their programs, regardless of the era they had served in. Veterans with all types of disabilities are encouraged to participate in their programs and therapeutic recreation. A variety of veteran “only” recreation events throughout the year such as group outings in cycling, Alpine skiing, deep sea fishing, rock climbing, Disc Golf or Fly Fishing and more. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces are offered these services at no cost through funding from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Operation Hat Trick.
At Northeast Passage veterans can participate in adaptive sports and recreation through a variety of events or even through their competitive teams in sled hockey, quad rugby, or power soccer for a small fee.
Community Based Recreation Therapy/PATH™ is a health management program that uses recreation as a tool to improve whole life health. At Northeast Passage a recreation therapist will set up a time to meet with the participant to go over goals in the home and community. Over the course of several visits the Recreation Therapist will work to identify resources, equipment and opportunities in the participant’s area. This program is for Veterans & Members of the Armed Forces who experience a variety of disabilities, both visible and invisible.
“These people have helped me so much I am no longer letting my disabilities run my life. They have so many activities to do its so awesome. For any disabled veterans looking to get active again after an injury this is the place to go u name the sport most likely they will either have it or know a way of helping you do it. Great place to challenge yourself.”
Interested in finding out more? Call the NEP office at 603-862-0070 or visit Northeast Passage’s website at http://nepassage.org/sports/military-veteran/.