Club Spotlight: Moeller Celebrates 7th One Skate at a Time at Home Rink
by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating
Jordan Moeller returns to his home rink, the Southwest Ice Arena, at the same time every year - and for a very good reason. The championship men's competitor is preparing for his 7th annual “One Skate at a Time.”
This year, the show will take place April 28 at the arena in Crestwood, Illinois, at 7 p.m. The show benefits Children's Oncology Services and the "One Step at a Time" Camp for kids with cancer.
Championship men's competitor Ben Jalovick and championship ladies competitor Courtney Hicks will headline the event, along with Moeller. Moeller is currently adding other skaters to the cast.
"Every year this far, the Southwest Ice Arena and their generous owner Frank Di Cristina has donated the ice for this event," Moeller said. "The rink is full of passionate, warm hearted coaches and skaters and it was a wonderful atmosphere to grow up in. I will be featuring a few of their local skaters and a synchro team as well."
Besides an evening of wonderful skating, audience members can participate in a silent auction and raffle as well as a "split the pot" drawing.
"I think it is an important event, not only for the community, but for me as well," Moeller said. "The event is always a good reminder for me to remember what is important in life and to use my talents in a way that can help others. I think it is important for us, as competitive athletes, to take a step back and realize how fortunate we are to be able to the thing we love, every day. I hope to inspire some of my fellow athletes to pick up the torch as well."
"One Step at a Time" Camp was founded in 1978 by Edward Baum, a pediatric Oncologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Medical personnel and volunteer counselors who are cancer survivors staff the camp. It offers swimming, fishing, canoeing and other outdoor activities. It also provides an opportunity for kids who feel isolated from school activities and peers to find strength and support.
Moeller most enjoys watching the show come together.
"There is so much hard work from so many people that goes into this one night and seeing the event go off as planned is amazing," Moeller said. "It's incredible knowing that all of the skaters on the ice, the people in the stands and the people behind the scenes are all in one place taking time out of their busy schedule to do something good for others in need."
Tickets for "One Skate at a Time" will be available at the door. Adults are $20. Children 6-12 are $12 and children under 5 are free.
"I am looking forward to coming back to Chicago to perform alongside my friends in order to raise funds for Children's Oncology Services Inc.," Moeller said. "It’s going to be a great show. Hope to see everyone there."
Jordan Moeller (Photo courtesy of Gregory Jamrosz)
7th Annual "One Skate at a Time" Poster