National Skating Month 2011 Roundup

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Mentor FSC, Mentor, Ohio
The City of Mentor and the Mentor FSC hosted its "National Skate Day" on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The event included free lessons to the public, open skates, exhibitions from club members, raffles, etc.

Approximately 400 people attended throughout the day. During open skate time, a club member performed his or her program every half hour for the public. During the free lesson portion of the day, club skaters worked one on one with individuals and also in a group setting. The club raffled off T-shirts, open skate sessions, two birthday parties and two learn-to-skate class sessions. It offered $5 off a class for people who signed up that day for a learn-to-skate session.

North Olmsted, Ohio
North Olmsted, Ohio, held its National Skating Month event on Sunday, Jan. 2 with 287 participants. By the end of the event, all the Basic 1 and Snowplow Sam 1 classes for the winter session were filled up. The enrollment for these sessions represents the largest in the eight years of tracking, breaking the previous record set in 2006.

East Alton Skating Academy, East Alton, Ill.
The East Alton Skating Academy hosted a "Lock-In" on Friday, Jan. 7 at the East Alton Ice Arena in East Alton, Ill. Some of the events were sponsored by the skating academy while others were held by the rink. More than 400 grade school and middle school students participated in the event, which was held as a fundraiser for the figure skating club. Approximately 50 people attended an open house.

Troy Skating Club, Troy, Ohio
The Troy Skating Club held its "It's Great to Skate" event on Jan. 16. Hobart Arena donated the hour and a half as well as free skate rentals to all who participated. About 175 people took part, with many more watching from the stands. Group lessons were given by club professionals. Among the prizes for drawings were T-shirts, free public session passes and a Troy Skating Club Basic Skills package. Club members distributed club class brochures to the parents in attendance.

Blazin' Blades Skating Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Blazin' Blades Skating Academy hosted its annual "Great Skate" on Jan. 8 at Honnen Ice Arena. More than 220 skaters attended, many of whom registered for learn-to-skate classes. The arena offered free skating, free classes, free skate rental and giveaways. Prizes consisted of a set of learn-to-skate classes, 10 free public sessions, U.S. Figure Skating shirts and two private lessons. The free lessons were offered at three different times in a coned-off area at one end of the rink. Older skaters helped by handing out skates, lacing skates and lending a helping hand with the classes. Refreshments were served. A table was set up with information about skating classes, and a special discount rate for classes was offered to those who signed up the day of the Great Skate.

Bode Sports Complex, St. Joseph, Mo.
The Bode Sports Complex in St. Joseph, Mo., held its "It's Great to Skate" open house on Saturday. Jan. 15. More than 100 skaters took part in the free two-hour session. Group lessons were given by learn-to-skate coaching staff. Among the door prizes were T-Shirts, gloves and six-week learn-to-skate certificates. Free drinks and buy-one-get-one-free public session passes were distributed to all participants.

The Central Pennsylvani FSC hosted an open house on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event included an information table, and a DVD showing of past ice shows, competitions and special events from past years. Several hundred people attended throughout the day. A free one-hour skating clinic was enjoyed by 50 children and adults. The club gave away souvenirs and a basket of winter-themed items. CPFSC club members also performed demonstrations for the crowd.

Ice Mountain FSC, Burton, Mich.
The Ice Mountain Figure Skating Club in Burton, Mich., recently sent out a press release for its National Skating Month event that's a great example of how to inform local media of what's happening at your facility. Download it here (PDF).

Allen Community Ice Rink, Allen, Texas
The Allen Community Ice Rink hosted an "It's Great to Skate" clinic in celebration of National Skating Month on Saturday, Jan. 15. More than 270 skaters took part in the free two-hour clinic, which included a 30-minute group lesson given by Community Rink learn-to-skate instructors, admission to open skate the day of and skate rental. Participants were divided into four different groups based on their skill level. Biscuit--the mascot of the Allen Americans, a local professional hockey team--the Ice Angels and the Chick-fil-A skating cow made special on-ice appearances. The rink held free drawings for a semester of learn-to-skate classes and two National Skating Month T-shirts.

Diamond Edge FSC, Little Rock, Ark.
The Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club celebrated National Skate Month on Jan. 17. The club had more than 100 participants. Coaches offered both private and group lessons to the participants, and they also played fun games on the ice. The club skaters put on an exhibition paying tribute to the 1961 World Team and promoting the movie RISE. Some also tried their hand at hockey, as the hockey coaches taught a learn-to-play-hockey class. The participants who signed up for classes received a discount.

Space City FSC, Friendswood, Texas
The Space City Figure Skating Club held a "T-shirt Day" on Saturday, Jan. 22 in honor of National Skating Month. The event was well attended by skaters and volunteers. The skaters crafted new T-shirts and celebrated with a cookie cake and hot chocolate.

City of Kettering and South Dayton Figure Skating Club, Kettering, Ohio
The City of Kettering and the South Dayton Figure Skating Club joined forces to host its eighth annual Absolutely Free National Skate Week Clinic Day on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The event included free lessons to the public, free skate rental, free open skate, free prize give-a-ways and free exhibitions. The club also held a bake sale during the event. Information tables were set up during the event for the South Dayton Figure Skating Club, City of Kettering group lessons and Ice Force synchronized skating team.

There were approximately 180 skating participants, to which free lessons were offered every 15 minutes. The group lessons were taught by City of Kettering professionals, instructor assistants and volunteers. Many participants stayed in the group lessons for two sessions and then moved on to the open skate. Three skaters from the club performed their routines for the exhibition. The club gave away four U.S. Figure Skating T-shirts, four passes for free admission to an open skate and three skating tote bags.

Sk8 Bay FSC, Bay City, Mich.
The Sk8 Bay Figure Skating Club, housed in the Bay County Civic Arena in Bay City, Mich., recently held its National Skating Month event. Basic Skills students were allowed to bring friends to class and rotated every eight minutes between coaches who taught spins, jumps, figures/transitions and synchronized skills. At the end of the session, they did the limbo and the hokey pokey. Every skater was given a bag filled with items provided in the National Skating Month package. The club held a free drawing with T-shirts, free public skate passes, skate pins and a gift certificate for a free session of lessons.

Syracuse FSC, Syracuse, N.Y.
Skaters from the Syracuse Figure Skating Club in Baldwinsville, N.Y., celebrated National Skating Month with a "Skate Night" on Jan. 15 with more than 90 attendees. The event was open to the skate school, club members and their immediate family members. The members of the junior board volunteered their time and provided music, games and help on the ice. Everyone brought a baked good to share, and each individual received a free goodie bag with items provided by U.S. Figure Skating and the club.

Carleton Skating Night at the Depot, Minneapolis, Minn.
Watch a video made by Carleton College student Leigh-Anne Borkowski about the event "Skating Night at the Depot."

St. Louis Skating Club, St. Louis, Mo.
The St. Louis Skating Club celebrated National Skating Month on Saturday, Jan. 22 with skating, skate rentals, crafts, prizes, refreshments and a skating exhibition featuring two club solo skaters as well as the Fleur De Lis open juvenile synchronized skating team and two beginner synchronized skating teams. During the skating portion, the club skaters, coaches and synchro skaters helped the participants on the ice.

Bowling Green FSC, Bowling Green, Ohio
The Bowling Green Figure Skating Club and the BGSU Ice Arena learn-to-skate program jointly hosted a National Skate Month celebration entitled "Fun, Friends and Fitness" on Jan. 23 at the BGSU Ice Arena. The event, which had more than 100 participants from the BGSC and the LTS program, included a potluck, exhibition, family skate and family photos along with on-and off-ice fitness games to promote a healthy lifestyle. Information about U.S. Figure skating, the Bowling Green FSC, the BGSU Ice Arena LTS program, and wellness information and activities was provided to participants. The surprise featured event was a "Skyping" session with skating legend and Bowling Green native Scott Hamilton. Children participating were given an opportunity to ask Scott questions about growing up skating in Bowling Green.

Burnsville-Minnesota Valley FSC, Burnsville, Minn.
The Burnsville-Minnesota Valley FSC celebrated National Skating Month on Jan. 19 with a free skating clinic held in conjunction with the City of Burnsville's learn-to-skate sign-up night. Ice, rental skates and treats were free, and prizes--like T-shirts, sports bags, gloves, scrunchies, etc.--were given out. The club held a dress sale, which gave members a chance to donate "gently used" skating attire. Club pros and senior club skaters provided lessons, and the night ended with a variety of skating exhibitions by some skaters.

Wichita Ice Center, Wichita, Kan.
The Wichita Ice Center hosted an "It's Great to Skate" clinic Jan. 22 in celebration of National Skating Month with more than 100 participants. The event included hockey and figure skating demonstrations, two hours of free public skating (free skate rental included), 30 minutes of free lessons taught by its professional staff, on-ice games and activities, and lots of give-a-ways. The ice center raffled off one birthday party package, four family 4-pack public session packages, one $50 gift certificate to the ice center and one LTS class seven-week session. Additionally, skaters who signed up for LTS classes during the clinic received $10 off their class registration.

Muskegon Lakeshore FSC, Muskegon, Mich.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club and the Lakeshore Sports Center hosted a figure skating exhibition and a "Skate for Warmth" public skate Feb. 12, 2011, in celebration of National Skating Month 2011.Twenty-seven skaters participated in the exhibition, and about 100 people participated in the public skate. The club gave free one-on-one ice skating lessons during "Skate for Warmth," and the rink donated half the proceeds of the public skate to a local Heat and Warmth Fund charity. Informational displays on the club, figure skating and other ice sports were posted around the rink, and the club gave away free public skate passes, coupons for discounted group ice skating lessons and skater gift bags and accessories.

National Skating Month 2011

For skaters
If you are new to skating, please download the "2011 NSM Getting Started" document in the Resources box to the right. Please arrive at the rink for the National Skating Month celebration at least 15 minutes early so you can get ready for the planned activities. Remember: dress properly, skate safe and--most important--have fun!

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For National Skating Month Directors
All toolkits have been shipped. If you haven't received yours, please contact U.S. Figure Skating.

Thank you for registering for National Skating Month 2011! To get started, please download the 2011 NSM Administration Manual in the Resources box to the right. This takes you through step-by-step planning of your big celebration, including offering a timeline to get organized, tips on how to register and sort skaters, a list of skating skills for your instructors, sample waivers and much more.

The next step is to download the 2011 NSM Media Outreach Packet (also in the Resources box) and start creating your press releases. All National Skating Month kits should arrive the first week of December, allowing you to hang the posters and send the postcards inviting all to come.

We've added a new item to the toolkit this year--a proclamation. Please assign someone to read the National Skating Month Proclamation over the loud speaker to kick off your event. You can invite a member of your local community (i.e. mayor, member of city council, representative, city manager, etc.), rink owner/manager, club president or anyone you think can do the job. You can download the proclamation from the Resources box to the right.

Remember--tell us what you're doing to celebrate the occasion. Please send reports with your event specifics, quotes from participants, number of attendees, news stories and clips...and don't forget photos!

If you have any questions, please contact Susi Wehrli-McLaughlin at

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