We are honored to have been selected as a 2019 VA Adaptive Sports Grant Recipient. The Adaptive Sports Grant Program is facilitated and managed by the National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events Office.
Plans for the grant funds include expansion to additional ice rinks and the purchase of adaptive equipment - allowing those with physical disabilities to participate in our non-team/non-competitive ice skating program. This season will kick-off with our program's return to the spectacular Wollman Rink in Central Park, through the magnanimous generosity of the directors, coaches, and staff of the Wollman Rink Skating School.
This season, new participant recruitment will focus heavily on disabled veterans and service members. Young men and women are typically in excellent health when they join the military. They must pass rigorous training and examinations to be prepared for the demands of service. Yet veterans often come home in an entirely different state - they must fight to regain their health, manage a disorder or disability, and restore relationships with loved ones. Adaptive Skating USA’s aim is to empower these individuals to win this battle through the exhilarating and wellness-promoting activity of ice skating. The skills that are learned on the ice can also transcend into other areas of life, thus improving quality of life. In ice skating, just as in life, skaters with disabilities learn to fall, never give up, and get back up to accomplish their dreams.
Please contact us if you are interested in having a disability-inclusive non-team/non-competitive ice skating program in your area. Sherri@AdaptiveSkatingUSA.org