Gliding Stars is the leader in adaptive ice skating. Elizabeth O’Donnell began teaching people with physical, mental, emotional or multiple challenges to ice skate in 1976 in Buffalo, New York. Organized for national expansion of these programs in 1994, Gliding Stars of Western New York provides weekly adaptive ice skating lessons, adaptive skating equipment, volunteer training, intense on-ice volunteer support and the thrill of performing for the public in an annual Ice Show.
Gliding Stars of Western New York season runs from late September to early April. Skaters, or “Stars” skate weekly at Hyde Park’s Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls or at the Nike Base in Hamburg. Through ice skating, our Stars improve their balance, coordination, endurance, strength and self-esteem, make friends, and develop socially.
Some Stars have even taken their first independent steps as direct result of their efforts in our programs. Through design and manufacturing agreements with Riedell and other skating equipment manufacturers, several specialized types of skates, supportive walkers and harnesses, and other protective and helpful accessories are made available to all participants. Targeted instructions for teachers and volunteers gives these on-ice helpers the effective tools they need to bring their skating Stars across barriers that might seem impossible at first, teaching them to literally dance on the ice!
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at Canalside for the 2017 Skate-A-Thon!
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at Canalside this morning for the Skate-A-Thon!