Highlights from 2018 National Skating Month
North Atlantic Figure Skating Club — Falmouth, Maine
"We hosted a National Skating Month Come Skate With Us day on Monday, January 1, 2018! We held a two hour event where we hosted free skating and lessons, passed out some great Learn to Skate USA goodies, spoke with people about our programs including our Winter Learn to Skate badge program starting January 4 and January 6, 2018, and shared all the great things we love about skating. We had a great turn out and interest and signed up some new skaters for our Winter Learn to Skate session! Some of our club skaters and junior coaches provided a short demonstration of spins, jumps, and other moves to the crowd that attended. And we capped this amazing event with our theme release party for our 2018 20th Annual NAFSC Ice Show! What a fun way to kick off 2018!!"
— Caryn Bickerstaff, NAFSC Program Coordinator
North Olmsted Parks and Recreation Department — North Olmsted, Ohio
"The North Olmsted Parks and Recreation Department celebrated National Skating Month a little early this year. Our annual event took place on December 30, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. We did not have the weather on our side this year, as a winter storm rolled in late morning, but despite the weather, we had more than 300 attendees at our event! Admission and skate rental were free for all. Free lessons were taught by our Learn to Skate staff on the studio rink and other instructors assisted in tying skates and helping skaters on the main rink. We had a DJ playing fun songs and helping us with our raffle items. Ten prize packs were raffled off with U.S. Figure Skating and North Olmsted Parks and Recreation items. We had two synchronized skating teams and one solo figure skating demonstration during the event. Skaters filled out the 'When I Skate I Feel' papers from our National Skating Month kit, and we hung them around the rink. Patrons left with balloons, pencils and other freebies. As always, it was a fun event!"
— Betsy Drenski, North Olmsted Parks & Recreation Commissioner
Flipagram put together by Miranda Oltmanns, North Olmsted Parks and Recreation Department Learn to Skate Coordinator
Mentor Ice Arena — Mentor, Ohio
"The Mentor Ice Arena hosted National Skate Day. We had 600 in attendance, a day of questions, skating, lessons and a ton of fun! "
— Colleen Thomas, Program Director, Mentor Ice Arena
Hollydell Ice Arena — Sewell, New Jersey
"I had 90 minutes of ice time to work with ... 5 coaches (not including me),
2 junior coaches,
11 teenage volunteers from Hollydell FSC,
10 Club Parent Volunteers as greeters and guides.
Rink management and staff were also very supportive in prep and during the event.
We hosted the Open House first 10:30-11:30am. (139 guest skaters attended- I estimate more than 90% not currently involved in any of our programs), and a Skate-A-Thon (roughly 75 people stayed for the Skate-A-Thon). We started promoting in November with entering our club and learn to skate program in a parade with float and handing out postcards with the information. I also shared on social media, sent to local newspaper, and of course promoted within the ice rink.
I plan to have some additional small events throughout the next two months to celebrate National Skating Months and the Olympics. Looking forward to promoting our sport during this Olympic year!"
— Amy Griffith, Figure Skating Director, Hollydell Ice Arena
Hollydell Ice Arena National Skating Month Video
Ice Den Scottsdale — Scottsdale, Arizona
"We had a blast for National Skating Day at Ice Den Scottsdale. Homeschool and Level B & C ( Basic 4- Preliminary) skaters from our LTS program were invited to a FREE night of fun and skating. Our Coyotes FSC was also invited that night. Skaters had fun bringing a Buddy to skate as well for FREE. There was a snow pile on the ice to play in, hockey, bowling, the limbo and FREE raffle prizes that were given out. Around 80 skaters came to skate. All skaters seemed to have a great time as well as the new skaters trying the ice for the first time! It was a fun night for all who wished to celebrate our great sport and the thrill of the Olympics to come."
— Dawn Piepenbrink-McCosh, Learn to Skate Director, Ice Den Scottsdale
Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods — San Antonio, Texas
"The San Antonio Figure Skating Club and Northwoods Learn to Skate Program held a National Skating Month Event on Sunday Jan. 7. Coaches and club members spent some time on the public ice promoting our classes, playing games, giving mini-lessons, and assisting skaters through out the session. We had so much fun! We had an MC and prizes, with a grand prize of a free learn to skate session! We even had a mascot entertaining the crowd. It was indeed a huge success!"
— Betty Standifer, Skating Director, Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods
Louisville Skating Academy — Louisville, Kentucky
"We held our event on Saturday, January 6, 2018. We required participants to pre-register through our website and we closed registration at 200 people about 5 days before the event (in the previous 4 years we have not reached over 100 participants)! We had 29 walk-ins, and ended up with about 140 participants total on the ice. I think holding the event early in January when families are ready to get active after the holiday school break, and during the U.S. Championships while skating is being televised on local TV contributed to higher numbers than previous years.
We put up the posters from the media kit in our facility about one month before the event. We used social media and local publications which have free, online, activity calendar listings as our main sources of promotion.
We started our event with an exhibition by our two synchronized skating teams, then a demonstration by three singles skaters who had qualified for the 2018 Midwestern Sectional Championships. This was followed by group instruction and then free skate. The synchro teams, demonstrators and most of our coaching staff stayed on the ice to help with instruction and mingle with the participants during the free skate. We also had a free raffle, each participant received a raffle ticket upon registration. At the end of the hour we gave away three swag bags using items from the kit as well as one $100.00 certificate to be used toward one of our Learn to Skate USA classes or coolest camps, valid for one year.
Our event this year was very festive! We had great energy in the building. We played fun music during free skate and had a selfie booth set up in the hockey box. Off ice we tried to keep the experience flawless by making sure we had enough volunteers working the lobby, helping with registration table, skate rental and just answering general questions. We also had an off ice craft table set up with face painting and coloring. We had a lot of happy faces and also saw a higher than usual retention rate into our Learn to Skate USA classes that started the week after our event."
— Jessica Mills Kincade, Learn to Skate USA Special Events Director, Louisville Skating Academy
Columbia Figure Skating Club — Columbia, Maryland
"We are a club of 200+ members with a great mixture of recreational skaters, test skaters and competitors. We hold two open house events each year to recruit from our rink's Learn to Skate program - One open house in the Fall and one in January. We had approximately 35 prospective members join us for the activities. We used the Skating Month Kit that we purchased from U.S. Figure Skating to create goodie bags for those who attended.
We held an Opening Ceremony where all of the skaters skated through the flags with Olympic music playing. We then had an Olympic Torch Relay, where we divided into teams and we skated with the torches in relay fashion. After that we moved on to a slalom skating competition through cones. We ended the activities with figure skating, either pairs or solo and then a speed skating competition. All participants were given gold medals which were cookies wrapped in gold paper and a red ribbon."
— Chris Tincher, President, Columbia Figure Skating Club
Rye Figure Skating Club/Westchester Skating Academy — Rye/Westchester, New York
"Rye Figure Skating Club of New York and the Westchester Skating Academy hosted a free Ice Skating Exhibition on Saturday, January 27 from 1:30-2 p.m. in celebration of National Skating Month. The exhibition featured performances by award-winning local figure skaters from Rye FSC and two local synchronized skating teams, Skyliners and Team Image. The event was free to the public, and took place at Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, NY.
'We have so many talented skaters from Westchester,' said Rye FSC president Martha Downen. 'This exhibition gave local residents a chance to see our members' exciting programs and hopefully inspired interest in the sport of figure skating for all levels and disciplines.'
A variety of skating disciplines were highlighted at the Exhibition, including Solo Freestyle, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating. Rye FSC Members Madeline Besgen (Preliminary Freestyle), Jessica Hamburg (Intermediate Freestyle), Sam Hodman (Novice Solo Dance), Amanda Park (Junior Freestyle) and Chloe Song (Beginner Freestyle) performed, along with the Skyliners Beginner line and Team Image Juvenile line. Thirty-four local skaters performed in all.
Rye Figure Skating Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1937 with the purpose of encouraging figure skating in the local community. Celebrating its 80th Anniversary, the Club sponsors special skating clinics, seminars, test sessions and exhibitions throughout the year. Its 200 plus club members participate in all aspects and levels of skating including dance, freestyle and synchronized skating, ranging from beginner to national competitor. Volunteers maintain and support the Club."
— Leigh Gold, President, Member Recognition & Publicity Chair, Rye FSC
Lynnwood Ice Center — Lynnwood, Washington
News Clip: KING5
Garden State Skating Club — Brick, New Jersey
Girl Scout Senior, Emily Chang, Leads National Skating Month Event to Promote Skating
Extreme Ice Center — Indian Trail, North Carolina
Enjoy Ice Skating for any skill level at Extreme Ice Center
Special Olympic training at Extreme Ice Center
Iceland Arena —Flint, Michigan
"Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission teamed up with The Flint Iceland Arena, Commit to Fit, a program of the Greater Flint Health Coalition, and Iceland Competitive Edge Figure Skating Club to host Adventures in Winterland, an effort to promote healthy lifestyles to the community through ice skating, and other activities on Saturday, February 10 from 1-3 p.m.
Despite the winter weather and poor road conditions, we still brought in over 250 community members! The event was such a success, we have firmed up February 9, 2019 from 1-3pm on the calendar!"
— Karen Lemieux, The Iceland Arena, Flint, Michigan
City of Kettering Ice Arena — Dayton, Ohio
"The City of Kettering hosted its 18th annual season of Absolutely Free National Skate Week Clinics! Knowing the Olympics always generates interest in skating, we decided to host two National Skate Week Clinics. Our first event was in January and the second in February during the Olympics. These two hour events included free lessons to the public, free skate rental, free open skate, free prize giveaways and free exhibitions from some of our South Dayton Figure Skating Club skaters including our SDFSC Ice Force Synchronized Skating teams! We had information tables set up during our events for the SDFSC and our City of Kettering Learn to Skate group lesson information.
Our attendance was higher than we have ever had!! We had approximately 550 total skating participants during our clinics. It was amazing!! We offered free group lessons in a coned off section on the ice every 15 minutes. A free open skate was also going on during this time. The group lessons were taught by our City of Kettering professionals, instructor assistants and some of our volunteers. Many participants stayed in the group lessons for two sessions and then moved on to the open skate. Several participants were interested in our Learn To Skate USA lesson program after skating and did sign up for our next session!!
We had 15 minutes of exhibitions on both National Skate Week Clinic days in the middle of the event. The crowd took advantage of the ice resurface and visited the concession stand and information tables. The National Skate Week Clinic selfie stick area was a hit! We also had an awards podium set up for the February Clinic with the Olympic rings behind it. It was a great photo opportunity! Once the resurface was complete, they sat in the stands to be entertained. Most of the skaters performing started in our Basic Skill Lesson Program. In total, we gave away four free sessions of group lessons, six pairs of Learn To Skate USA gloves and 10 passes for free admission to open skates! Congratulations to our lucky winners!"
— Lisa Reibly, City of Kettering Learn to Skate USA
Previous National Skating Months
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