National Skating Month 2010

A Record-breaking Year for National Skating Month!

Participation in National Skating Month 2010 reached an all-time high, with 366 events registered. U.S. Figure Skating successfully unveiled National Skating Month in March of 2002, with 110 registered events, and since then participation numbers have steadily increased.

Year Registered Events

During the celebration, participating rinks and figure skating clubs host activities like open skating, free lessons and clinics, exhibitions by local talent, skating demonstrations, fun and games on ice, parent meetings, equipment re-sales, fundraising activities and viewing parties.

Check out event summaries as they are posted below. We hope you got on your skates and joined in the fun!

National Skating Month 2010 Roundup

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The Troy Skating Club
The Troy Skating Club in Troy, Ohio held their "It's Great to Skate" on Sunday, Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day) from 6-7:30 p.m. Hobart Arena provided free ice time and skate rentals, and club members and parents staffed the event. Approximately 210 participants enjoyed free lessons from club professionals as well as jump, spins and spiral presentations from club members.

Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
Over 500 people attended the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club's "Road to Vancouver" skating exhibition Friday, Jan. 8, which featured performances by several ice dancing teams that competed at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., including 2010 U.S. bronze medalists and Olympians Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates and 2009 U.S. novice silver medalists Anastasia Olson and Jordan Cowan; synchronized skating teams that competed at the 2010 Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectionals; and 2007 U.S. junior champion and senior men's competitor Eliot Halverson. The exhibition was followed by a reception to meet the skaters and get autographed photos.

All attendees received a coupon to a public skate session Sunday, Jan. 10, for which approximately 200 skaters turned out and received free lessons from AAFSC instructors. Participants also received pencils, stickers, trading cards, door prizes and information about the Basic Skills program.

Mount Washington Valley Skating Club
More than 50 skaters attended the largest open house ever hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club in Conway, N.H., held in honor of National Skating Month. Local bank Northway Bank helped promote the event in its lobby, where it showcased the club's programs. Door prizes and giveaways made for a fun afternoon of skating.

Syracuse Figure Skating Club
Ninety-six skaters, ages 4-62, joined Syracuse Figure Skating Club in Baldwinsville, N.Y., as it hosted "Skate Night" Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 in celebration of National Skating Month. The event was free to all skate-school students, club members and their families. Participants skated to the tunes of a professional DJ, played games such as the limbo, line danced, and were entered to win raffle prizes. Every kid who attended also received a U.S. Figure Skating goodie bag.

Farmington Hills Learn to Skate
The sun was shining, as were the attendants of the ninth annual National Skating Month event at Farmington Hills Ice Arena in Farmington Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. The day kicked off with demonstrations by the Farmington Hills Figure Skating Club as well as the Farmington Hills Hockey Association and high school hockey teams. Participants also learned about proper attire and skate fitting before taking the ice for lessons and free skating time. The event ended with a raffle with prizes including Vancouver t-shirts and commemorative pins, learn-to-skate classes and upcoming event passes.

Blazin' Blades Skating Academy
Blazin' Blades Skating Academy hosted its annual Great Skate on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, with more than 230 skaters in attendance. Representatives from the club, a skate dressmaker, skate retailer and skate sharpener, and Chick-Fil-A were all in attendance. (The Chick-Fil-A cow even joined everyone on the ice!) There was a table set up where people could sign up for the next series of Basic Skills lessons. Instructors gave skating lessons at one end of the rink, and they played games, including the limbo. Upon arrival, participants were given a ticket for a raffle; once the lessons were done, tickets were drawn for the prizes the club received from U.S. Figure Skating as well as a session of classes and a private lesson. Face painting and refreshments were available.

Dane County Learn-to-Skate Program
The Dane County learn-to-skate program offered its first of many events for its National Skating Month celebration. It hosted an open skating session, with on-ice games and prizes for kids, followed by an exhibition. In all, 366 people attended.
North Olmstead, Ohio
North Olmstead, Ohio, had a huge hit with its National Skating Month celebration Jan. 2, with more than 450 participants. A DJ hosted the skating session on the main rink, and demonstrations and free skating lessons were provided on the studio rink. The recreation department, Cleveland Edges Skating Club and North Olmsted Hockey Club all had information booths. U.S. Figure Skating souvenirs were handed out, a raffle was held. "Disney on Ice" supplied four tickets to any of its show in town that weekend. The Lake Erie Monsters also supplied four tickets to one of its games. Snowplow Sam was a hit but was upstaged by Sully the Sea Gull, the mascot for the Lake Erie Monsters.

LakeView RecPlex Ice Arena, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
LakeView RecPlex Ice Arena in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., is hosting Skate Fest on Saturday, Jan. 9 from noon-3 p.m. Download the press release (PDF).

Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.
Germain Arena held an open house Saturday Jan. 9. The cost of admission was only $1.00, and about 220 people came out that day to skate while many more watched. World champion Todd Eldredge was there and signed autographs for the public. Basic Skills instructors gave free 20-minute group lessons during public skate. The facility also offered a two-for-one deal for new customers on all of its programs.

Rink Side Sports Family Entertainment Center and Ice Arena, Gurnee, Ill.
More than 250 people attended the Rink Side Sports Family Entertainment Center and Ice Arena's National Skating Month event, titled "Rink Side Family Fun Day," Saturday, Jan. 16. Figure skaters and mini-mite hockey players put on an exhibition prior to a public skate. A professional staff was on hand for free lessons, and the facility's mascot took part in the on-ice festivities. Prizes were given out via a raffle.

Watch a video recap of the event.

Space Coast IcePlex Figure Skating Club, Rockledge, Fla.
The Space Coast IcePlex Figure Skating Club in Rockledge, Fla., had outstanding attendance for its National Skating Month celebration. Brevard Community College and Florida Today Newspapers jointly produce a weekly television show, which was simulcast via the Internet and a local cable channel. A few days prior to the "It's Great to Skate" clinic, the show was taped on location at the IcePlex. The journalists put on skates and got an on-camera mini-lesson from coach Sharon Martens.

Almost 200 participants showed up Jan. 16 to take advantage of the free one-hour clinic. More than 30 club members and coaches volunteered to help with everything, from skate lacing to hand holding. In addition to mini-lessons geared to each participant's experience level, the event included an exhibition by club members TJ Nyman, Andrew Lavender and Haley McGee. The inclusion of door prizes and punch and cookies helped attract guests as well. Participants ranged in age from 3 to 65, and from complete beginners to those who knew skating basics.

Yellowstone Valley Figure Skating Club, Billings, Montana
The Yellowstone Valley FSC's National Skating Month celebration kicked off Jan. 17. Basic Skills classes celebrated "Crazy Hat Day." Skaters were encouraged to wear their craziest hat to class hoping for a chance to win a prize. It was also "Bring a Buddy Day." Seventeen skaters invited friends to join them on the ice for a lesson.

Centennial Ice Arena, Highland Park, Ill.
More than 400 people attended Centennial Ice Arena's National Skating Month event, titled "Ice Fest," Saturday, Jan. 16. The event was held in conjunction with gymnastics and hockey programs and also included a cook-out. A Theatre On Ice group performed before public skate. The Northwestern University men's hockey team and the arena's hockey instructors held a hockey clinic. Instructors gave free skating lessons during the public skate. Free T-shirts were given out to the first 100 patrons. Prizes, such as a free private lesson, free learn-to-skate or gymnastics session and a zamboni ride, were given out via raffle. The Highland Park Figure Skating Club hosted a dress and skate sale. A balloon artist and arts & crafts were part of the festivities. Goodie bags filled with Basic Skills promotional materials were given out to those who signed up for a skating or gymnastic session, or a private lesson.

Pleasant Prairie Skating School, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
The Pleasant Prairie Skating School hosted its National Skating Month Skate Fest on Jan. 9 at the Lakeview RecPlex Ice Arena. Three hundred people enjoyed free open skating in one rink, while 50 more took advantage of the free group lessons and games in the second rink. Participants in the lessons received a Basic Skills souvenir. An information table in the lobby provided answers to questions and promoted the Basic Skills Program. A figure skating exhibition followed the open skate, with Skating Director Jodi Tipton explaining elements during the warm-up prior to the solos.

City of Kettering, Kettering, Ohio
The City of Kettering held its annual National Skating Month event Jan. 20. The city tied the event to the Olympics, calling it "Skate for the Gold." The event was free and included open skate, group lessons from the staff, 10 free prize giveaways and exhibitions from local talent.

The South Dayton Figure Skating Club teamed up with the City of Kettering for the event and donated prizes to give away. Some of the prize giveaways included figure skating/hockey books and movies, a skating tote bag and several other items. The City of Kettering also gave away a six-week set of group lessons. There were 189 skating participants, a record number for the City of Kettering.

Kent Skating Club, Kent, Ohio
The Kent Skating Club had an open house Saturday, Jan. 30. Students in the Kent State University Basic Skills Program were invited to learn more about the skating club. Ten skaters from the club held an exhibition which focused on the disciplines of moves in the field, dance and free skate. Then 20 Basic Skills students joined them on the ice for fun and games led by two club coaches. Participants enjoyed the skating and the goody bags made from National Skating Month materials donated by U.S. Figure Skating.

St. Louis Skating Club, St. Louis, Mo.
The St. Louis Skating Club held its first ever National Skating Month event Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Brentwood Ice Arena in St. Louis, Mo. Free skating lessons were given by Basic Skills instructors, private coaches and more advanced skaters to anyone wanting to try skating. There were also free refreshments and activities in the lobby.

After the lessons, there was a mini-skating exhibition featuring the beginner Fleur De Lis synchronized team, coached by Sally Knoll and Zoe Keller, the senior youth Fleur De Lis synchronized team, coached by Natalie Bendas and Brittany Weisnor, and three solo skaters. In all, 54 skaters participated in the event.

Salt Lake Figure Skating, Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake Figure Skating had much to celebrate at its National Skating Month celebration Jan. 19-20. During the two evenings, the club offered free gifts to more than 200 skaters. Basic Skills participants were greeted with the annual ice show and an invitation to participate in Basic Skills groups in the upcoming ice show. After the skaters picked up their badges, they received a free gift from one of the board members. The club had a table displayed with dresses, medals, trophies, photos and the news of club member Nathan Chen winning the 2010 U.S. novice men's gold medal. (Nathan started in the Basic Skills Program, too!) Salt Lake Figure Skating also held a sale of used skates and dresses.

Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club, Muskegon, Mich.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club and Lakeshore Sports Center hosted an "It's Great to Skate" open house for National Skating Month 2010. The free event was a huge success - more than 300 skaters and 400 people were in attendance. The event kicked off with an exhibition showcasing the talent of some club members, followed by free beginner skating lessons and open skate. A "Coats for Kids" winter clothing drive was held, informational displays on the club, figure skating and other ice sports were posted. Door prizes were raffled off, and discount coupons for skating lessons and free public skate passes were passed out.