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NEP Facts

Northeast Passage makes an effort to offer programs in different regions and communities, so that we can reach people where they live and play. The map below shows just how far our programs reach.


The red icons are the locations where we regularly hold Adaptive Sports & Recreation programs. These are places we are often riding, golfing, skating, skiing, etc.

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The blue icons are the locations we travel to visit with clients in our Home/Community Based Recreational Therapy program. Our staff works with these clients one-on-one in their homes and communities.

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We take pride in being able to offer varied opportunities for instruction, adaptive equipment and support in different locations throughout New England and beyond.

Not for Profit

Northeast Passage is a privately funded program of the University of New Hampshire and is a non-profit 501c 3 under UNH and the UNH Foundation. The University of New Hampshire is home to Northeast Passage providing office space, business services, financial management, diverse expertise and access to facilities.

With a budget of just around $1 million, we have developed a multifaceted strategy to generate funds to support our mission. This includes support from corporate sponsors and individuals, fees for services, fundraising events and grants.

Our education and research efforts, as well as administrative costs associated with our on-campus office, are funded by the University of New Hampshire, accounting for approximately one-third of our operating budget — *100% of every dollar donated to our sports and recreation services goes directly to support these programs.*

Northeast Passage falls under the UNH Foundation board of directors and our audited financial statements are encompassed within the whole of the UNH Foundation. Northeast Passage maintains a separate advisory board to consult directly on issues related to the fulfillment of our goals.

Fast Facts:

  • More than 45 countries competed in the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The United States finished 6th in the medal count. If Northeast Passage was its own country, it would have finished 14th. *Northeast Passage athletes* made up almost 10% of the entire U.S. team.
  • Northeast Passage has conducted Adapted Recreational Sports programming in all six New England states.
  • Northeast Passage‚Äôs staff is nationally recognized and is often called upon to share their expertise on a national stage. Six staff members teach classes at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Northeast Passage has worked with veterans who saw active duty combat in every conflict from World War II to the current wars.
  • Northeast Passage has the largest adapted equipment rental program in the country and has been cited as a national model by the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Northeast Passage has over 400 pieces of adapted equipment that make participation in over 100 different activities accessible for more than 100 different types of disabilities each year.
  • Northeast Passage is the only mixed ability team (inclusive of hikers using wheelchairs) to have reached 4 of 6 backcountry AMC huts on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire.
  • The 4.6-mile hike to the Galehead hut located at 3,800 ft of elevation resulted in international news coverage including a story in the International Herald Tribune, the front page of the New York Times and an Emmy Award.
  • Northeast Passage has reached over 10,000 local school aged children through its Similarity Awareness program.
  • Through its school based program, NEP has worked with a child in every grade (K-12) this year, assisting students and schools with inclusion in field trips, classrooms and their communities.
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