Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training - VAST logo
The goal of our VAST program is to promote lifelong health and well-being of veterans with disabilities through regular participation in a VAST array of physical activities and sports. Any and all veterans are encouraged to volunteer and enjoy some outdoor activities and a sense of camaraderie with fellow veterans.
We strive to offer year-round activities based on the needs and wants of veterans. Programs are free and equipment is provided. Current sports include:
•  Archery
•  Cycling (hand and recumbent)
•  Nordic Pole Walking
•  Orienteering
•  Cross-country Skiing
•  Snow Shoeing
Learn a new activity or practice your skills with Army Veteran, Occupational Therapist, and two-time Olympic Biathlete, Kristina Sabasteanski.
Paralympic Sport Club of Maine logo Research shows that daily physical activity for people with disabilities results in reduced stress, depression and secondary medical conditions and increases self-esteem, education success, employment rates and quality of life.

U.S. Paralympics is partnering with community organizations across the country, such as the VAST program at Pineland Farms, to create a network of Paralympic Sports Clubs. Paralympic Sports Clubs are community-based programs developed to involve people with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. With 21 million physically disabled Americans, including thousands of military personnel who’ve sustained serious injuries while on active duty, this is an important community need.

Grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic-sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

Posted: 10/18/2014 - Outdoor Recreation

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Cross racing returns to Maine!
At Pineland Farms in New Gloucester on Saturday and Casco Bay Cyclocross in Portland on Sunday.
Click here for more information or to register.

Posted: 09/14/2014 - Outdoor Recreation

Sunday, September 14, 2014
5K, 5-Mile, Kids Fun Run, and a Fun Adaptive WC or hand cycle ride

A huge thanks to all that came out to run our 2nd annual VAST Run For Veterans Fundraiser 5k and 5 miler! We had over 85 runners participate and there were many who gave generous donations to our VAST Program.

View the results.

Posted: 03/26/2014 - Outdoor Recreation

Wednesday, March 26th was our last day of skiing at Pineland.  It was a cold and windy one so we ended early, and took a tour of Pineland Farms in the Trolley. Had a great time touring the cow barns, cheese factory and equestrian center.

With our last day of Winter programming all we can say is Wow! What a winter!! We've had 12 weeks of skiing this winter and over 60 people participated this winter, either as a volunteer or participant. Over 45 were veterans and 30 were veterans with some sort of disability. What a great group of people and it's our been my extreme pleasure to work with all of you.

Posted: 03/02/2014 - Vast Veterans

WCSH video: VAST hosts Team Semper Fi
WGME video: Injured veterans learn to ski
WMTW video: Veterans ski and shoot in Wounded Soldier Biathlon
Portland Press Herald article: Wounded vets discover Maine cross-country skiing
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal article: Veterans gather for adaptive sports at Pineland

Posted: 10/24/2013 - Vast Veterans

Thank you YMCA of Southern Maine for recognizing our VAST program!

Posted: 08/05/2013 - Vast Veterans

A congratulatory note from United States Senator Susan Collins!

Posted: 07/26/2013 - Vast Veterans

AOTA (American OT Association) article

Posted: 07/15/2013 - Vast Veterans

Pineland Farms; VAST Program Awarded Coin of Excellence