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Marine wounded in Afghanistan excels in Sled Hockey

Nov 10, 2015

From Seacoast Online, November 10, 2015 DURHAM — Craig Brady doesn’t dwell on the day in January 2010 when, as a U.S. Marine on patrol in Afghanistan, he lost his lower right leg from an improvised explosion device (IED) blast. Read full story>>

Recreation Therapy Program for Veterans

Nov 10, 2015

From NHPR, All Things Considered, November 10, 2015 Thirty-five year old Navy veteran Zech Anderson shifts gears on a mountain bike and glides down a leaf-littered path. He’s riding through the woods near UNH with a fellow veteran, Lou Fladger. Anderson’s been down this trail before. Read/Listen to the full story>>  

Health Leader Forge Pod Cast

Nov 1, 2015

From November 1, 2015 – Health Leader Forder Today’s guest is Jill Gravink, the Founder and Executive Director of Northeast Passage. Jill founded Northeast Passage in 1990 as a means of bringing Recreational Therapy out of the inpatient setting and into the community. Northeast Passage works with people who have physical and mental disabilities, using sport and leisure activities to improve the quality of the client’s life and to, as […]

UNH continues support of veterans thanks to federal grant

Oct 13, 2015

Published,, Oct 12, 2015 A renewed federal grant from the Veteran’s Administration will allow Northeast Passage (NEP) at the University of New Hampshire to continue providing adaptive sports and recreation therapy to veterans and current military personnel with disabilities. The $300,000 grant helped 271 unique veterans last year and demand is expected to grow this year. READ MORE>>

A wheel-good story for all involved

Feb 18, 2015

Published: The Lowell Sun, February 14, 2015 LOWELL — Inside the gym at Lowell High School, Katherine Solivan is enjoying a ride on a hand-driven bike. Along with other special-needs students, Solivan spent Wednesday afternoon enjoying bikes adapted for their need — three-wheelers, tandem bikes, recumbent bikes and more. Read full article >>  

Local veterans discovering sled hockey

Jan 28, 2015

Published: January 26, HALLOWELL — In 2006, Christy Gardner’s mind and body were broken while serving as a military police officer with the Army in Korea. Her competitive spirit persevered despite her injuries, and the former collegiate field hockey and lacrosse player spent the better part of her adult life proving doubters wrong. Read More>>

Chronicle: NEP Superstars

Nov 14, 2014

New Hampshire Chronicle: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 A reunion of Northeast Passage Superstars. Watch the story>>

Adapting Through Sports

Nov 1, 2014

Published: Seacoast Online, November 1, 2014 DURHAM — It’s a lot harder than it looks. That’s what many parents of youth participating in a sled hockey tournament at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Saturday afternoon said. Read More>>

Northeast Passage Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Oct 28, 2014

Northeast Passage is celebrating 25 years of providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation services to individuals with disabilities in New England. Over the past 25 years, Northeast Passage has grown from an all-volunteer organization serving 23 people with a budget of $2,700 in year one, to a staff of 14 serving more than 2,600 individuals with a budget of $1.1 million and 350 pieces of adaptive recreation equipment in 2014. […]

Monday Staff Spotlight

Jul 7, 2014

Every Monday for the remainder of the summer, we will be shining the spotlight on one of our NEP staff members.   Get to know our crew a little better, and share a favorite memory with them in the comments section! Monday, September 15: Name: Matt McGilvray Nicknames:  Mo, Matty Mo, Coach Mo, McG Favorite Song: “Party Up” by DMX Favorite Leisure Activity: Pretending to be good at golf Favorite NEP event/activity […]