announcing the details of this season’s disability-inclusive Learn-to-Skate program at Central Park’s famous Wollman Rink.
Adaptive Skating USA (ASU) is excited to announce the details of this season’s disability-inclusive Learn-to-Skate program at Central Park’s famous Wollman Rink. The program will commence on December 2nd, 2019 and end on March 9th, 2020. This program is made possible by the kindness, generosity, and support of the directors and coaches of the Wollman Rink Skating School.
Sessions will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. One-on-one and small group coaching sessions will last 30 minutes, with 30 minutes of supervised free skate. Learn to Skate USA registered, volunteer coaches will lead their skaters through Learn to Skate USA's Therapeutic Skating Curriculum at each skater’s individual pace, based upon ability. Specialized skating clinics will also be held at different times during the season for those who wish to skate but are unable to attend during regularly scheduled sessions. There will also be an end of season Veterans Appreciation Event. Details of the clinics and appreciation event will be announced when finalized.
Skaters will be provided new equipment including ice skates, helmets, and equipment bags to carry gear to and from each session. Adaptive equipment will be provided for those who require it.
Participant skaters will be enrolled as Learn to Skate USA members. Once registered, skaters will receive a welcome email, a welcome packet with their member number, skater record book, parent handbook, a copy of “Learn to Skate USA The Magazine”, sports accident insurance and information about ice skating.
On-ice volunteers are welcome. In addition to being a proficient skater, volunteer requirements include registering with Learn to Skate USA, passing a background check, a SafeSport Training certificate, and proof of personal liability insurance.
Adaptive Skating USA was founded in 2018 by Sherri Putnam, a service-disabled veteran, wishing to share ice skating’s many benefits with others. ASU sponsors community-based, non-competitive, non-team ice skating programs for people of all ages with all types of disabilities. The mission of Adaptive Skating USA is to empower individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and physical fitness through participation in ice skating. Our objective is to set the standard of excellence for adaptive ice skating by incorporating the latest therapeutic practices, providing professional facilitation, and utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.
Ice skating has many physical, mental, and social benefits. It is one of the few exercise methods that simultaneously taxes the cardiovascular system and brain. It is great for the heart and lungs, providing an aerobic workout that improves circulation. Ice skating is a fun way to manage weight, as it may potentially burn more than 200 calories in 30 minutes. Ice skating also tones and stretches muscles such as the abdominals, thighs, and calves which are engaged to maintain balance. Skating builds endurance and can help one feel more alert and energetic. It can improve mental fitness, as challenging the mind and body to develop new skills increases self-confidence and exercises mental control. Finally, ice skating is a fun activity and is also a great way to spend time with friends and family members.
Pre-registration is required for all participants and volunteers for regular sessions, clinics, and end of the season appreciation event. Please email Sherri@AdaptiveSkatingUSA.org or call 732-709-7141 for more information.