“I CAN DO IT! I CAN SKATE!”
This is how we begin each week on the ice and how we finish our ice show at the end of the season! This saying is the reminder to our Stars that no matter what physical, mental, or emotional challenge(s) they face they can grow in the sport of ice skating!
Through ice skating, people can achieve the physical benefits of improved posture and balance, fine and gross motor skills, strengthened muscles, and coordination. The program is inclusive in terms of age, race, gender, and ability. The ages of skaters range from 18 months to senior citizen. Types of disabilities include, but are not limited to: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, sensory impairments including blindness and deafness, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, heart transplant, congenital myopathy, speech impairments, hemophilia, amputation, Williams’ Syndrome, cancer, scoliosis, down syndrome, autism, neurological disorders, emotional disabilities, and multiple disabilities. Skaters are paired with a volunteer that will engage in assisting them on ice each week as well as at the ice show.
Gliding Stars provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential through development of ice skating skills in a regular program of instruction and practice. This all comes together at the end of the season with a publicly attended ice show with choreographed routines. This serves as a source of motivation, teamwork, increased self-esteem, and the magic of trancending ones barriers in order to accomplish ones dreams.