Special Olympics/Adaptive Skating

Ice skating can be fun and beneficial for both individuals with and without disabilities. It is suggested that ice skating
can positively impact social skills, physical strength and balance, and improve mood for individuals with various
disabilities. Ice skating can be a fun means of physical activity and exercise for any one of any ability.

Skaters with a wide range of abilities have enjoyed learning to ice skate. Ice skating can offer therapeutic benefits
and most importantly it is fun for everyone. Ice skating is a great way to meet friends and gain a sense of
achievement. The skills that are learned on the ice can also transcend into other areas of life thus improving our
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.

Watch the video below of B.L. Wylie, Stars Skaters' Skate Therapy Director, explaining what parents can
do to ensure their child has the best experience possible in the Special Olympics/Adaptive Skating Program.



Benefits of Recreation
  • Fitness-cardiovascular conditioning
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Socialization
  • Self-esteem

Since ice skating is an individual sport, skaters can progress at their own rate according to their ability but it is also a social sport that involves a fun learning environment. Finally, skating can be a life-long activity, done individually or with family and friends.

Additionally volunteers and coaches with programs for individuals with various disabilities consistently report feeling a high level of satisfaction from helping skaters with disabilities and sharing their passion for ice skating!

Try skating ... Come and join the fun!

Elaine Theisen Fund

The Elaine Theisen Diamond Ice FSC Fund for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating (Elaine Theisen Fund) was established in 2012 to provide grants to Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating programs or to member clubs who wish to enhance or expand their operations to attract, involve and encourage new generations of skaters.

One grant will be awarded annually to an existing Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating program within a U.S. Figure Skating member club or to an U.S. Figure Skating member club who wishes to develop a new Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating program. The selected club or program will most effectively demonstrate how the grant will be used to expand upon or improve opportunities for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating participants.

The Elaine Theisen Fund grant cycle opens on June 1, 2018. Applications are due August 31, 2018.

Click here for more information and to apply.


About Special Olympics

 


Special Olympics Competitions
Special Olympics Tests

If you need a Special Olympics/Adaptive Skating test form that is not available through the Testing/Pre-Registration section of the Members Only site, please email jnewcomer@usfigureskating.org with the name of the test for which you require a form and the date of the test session. Please allow at least one week for the form to be created.


Related Links


For more information, go to the Special Olympics Committee site.

Click on the image below for more information about the Skate Coach App Series for Special Olympics: