National Skating Month 2015

*Each of the summaries have been sent in and written by members of the clubs themselves.

Previous National Skating Months
Click on the year below to read about the variety of ways clubs across the country have celebrated National Skating Month.
Video Contest - 2015 Results

2015 National Skating Month Video Contest Winners

Click on each link below to view the winning videos:

Winner: Ice-Cadettes pre-juvenile Synchro team

Runner-Up: Little Diamonds Synchronized Skating Team Beginner 1

Runner-Up: Helena Figure Skating Club

City of Mentor, Ohio Mentor Skate Day

This was our best one yet, event better than last year. We had about 525 skate in our 4.5 hour day, with about over 700 total including people that did not skate. We offered free lessons, exhibitions, our DJ was there keeping this fun, along with great prizes and we offered $10 off anyone who registered for LTS during the event. It was a great day. It gets better every year!

Glenview Ice Center

The Glenview Ice Center celebrates National Skating Month through the Holidays and the beginning of January! This year's 14th annual Winter Carnival attracted hundreds of families over the two-week winter school break. The Winter Carnival included daily family public skate sessions, a charity hockey game, hockey and figure skating lessons, Winter Wonderland skating exhibition with special guest appearances included Elsa and Olaf! "Skates" the Chicago Wolves mascot and Ronald McDonald.

Check out this display at the local library!

Point Mallard Figure Skating Club

On Monday, January 19, 2015 the Point Mallard Figure Skating Club along with the Point Mallard Ducks (junior hockey team) hosted a FREE Learn to Skate date for the community at the Point Mallard Ice Complex in Decatur, Alabama. The ice was split in half with figure skating on one side and learn to play hockey on the other. Participants learned basic skating skills and participated in some fun on-ice games and prize giveaways.

See pictures of the event here and here!

Figure Skating Club of Bloomington

Our city puts on an annual "Winter Fete" event every January to celebrate winter in our community of Bloomington, Minnesota. Our rink offered half price open skating and we worked with the rink to put on our "Great to Skate" event at the same time, during the open skating. We had volunteer skaters, parents, and coaches from our Bloomington Ice Garden Skate School and Figure Skating Club of Bloomington help skaters on and off of the ice. Our volunteers handed out all the "goodies" from our promotional box from U.S. Figure Skating at a table set up in the rinks lobby, and our club skaters and myself handed our Basic Skills information and registration brochures for our skate school to everyone. We were lucky to have so many great skaters to give a helping hand to anyone needing help with their skating. We are so excited to be one of the host rinks for the 2016 US Figure Skating National Championships, and look forward to involving our community. We have great volunteers, skaters, facilities, and the Mall of America!

The City of Kettering

The City of Kettering hosted its 13th annual season of Absolutely Free National Skate Week Clinic! Since we had such a wonderful turnout last season, we decided to host two National Skate Week Clinic days again. These 2 hour events included free lessons to the public, free skate rental, free open skate, free prize give-a-ways and free exhibitions from some of our basic skill skaters and the South Dayton Figure Skating Club including the Ice Force Synchronized Skating teams. We had information tables set up during our event for the South Dayton Figure Skating club, our City of Kettering Group Lesson information, and our Ice Force Synchronized Skating Team.

There were approximately 250 total skating participants during our Clinics. 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 wanted lesson information after skating and did sign up for our next session!

Ice & Blades of Western Pennslyvania

On January 23, the members of Ice & Blades of Western Pennsylvania celebrated National Skating Month along with an enthusiastic crowd of over 250 at our host arena BladeRunners Ice Complex-Harmar, in Pittsburgh.

In the lobby prior to the "Learn to Skate" session, skaters and parents stopped by our U.S. Figure Skating table to watch the National Skating Month video and collected the informational literature and asked great questions. All skaters were given information about NBC's television coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the Ice & Blades of Western Pennslyvania Newsletter and a "Frozen" treat bag packed with U.S. Figure Skating ttreasures and promotional information.

After the "Learn to Skate" patrons took to the ice, the public session skaters and friends using their buddy passes joined in on the fun. The skaters of Ice & Blades of Western Pennsylvania did a great job assisting our newest friends.

Kids, teens, adults and families had a great time during our National Skating Month celebration. They enjoyed the "Frozen" theme of the night's activities. Music, prizes and the "Freeze Frame" were a huge hit.

Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities

The Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities held our 14th National Skating Month event in cooperation with the Davenport Parks & Recreation Department. We had 330 attendees on Saturday, January 24. Our volunteers (coaches, learn to skate instructors and skaters) gave 114 "mini-lessons" on ice. The Skate with Us event was covered on 3 television stations in our local area and by one newspaper. Additionally, the Parks Department offered on Learn to Skate 8-week package worth $126 as part of a door prize raffle. A great time was had by all!

The Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex

The Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex celebrated National Skating Month Day on Saturday, January 10th.We started our event with exhibitions from our National Team Skaters that participated at the U.S. Championships, followed by group numbers from our Advanced Freestyle Skaters, Adults and Basic Skills skaters. The stands were completely full. We also ran a bake sale which offered hot chocolate, and had information about Basic Skills programs and ice skates (both figure and hockey). After the exhibition, we invited the audience to try skating and learn from our coaches. We had a DJ with games going on in the center of the ice and our coaches were on hand to help beginners. Our event was free to the public and we had a great turnout!

Wheaton Ice Skating Academy

The Rockford Skating Club and Rockford Park District

The Rockford Skating Club and the Rockford Park District teamed up again this year to help promote figure skating to our area. This year we did two different events. On Monday, January 19th the Rockford Park District hosted a Martin Luther King Day Skate which drew 307 people. The Rockford Skating Club had volunteers giving mini-lessons to interested skaters. RPD staff and RSC volunteers had tables in the lobby to share information about programs offered, skating in general and shared the great USFS goodies. Then on Sunday, January 25th we tried a new event for us. We invited all the current Learn to Skate students to attend a free one hour of lessons and fun. The Rockford Park District provided the ice and promoted the event. We had 23 skaters attend and some event brought their parents. The skaters participated in group lessons and played some fun games on the ice, including the hokey pokey. We had coaches and volunteers available to answer questions parents  might have and each participant received a goodie bag of USFS and RSC merchandise including a free pass to a future Club Ice session.