U.S. Figure Skating Announces Recipients of 2012-13 U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants

(7/25/12) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the recipients of the 2012-13 U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants. Six member clubs and Basic Skills programs have been awarded $2,000 each for the purpose of developing community-based programs and events, designed to attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.

A five-member selection committee reviewed 39 applications and awarded the grants to those member clubs and Basic Skills programs that were most effectively able to demonstrate how they would use the monies awarded to develop these initiatives.

"The U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants are intended to assist clubs and programs in developing or expanding existing programs and to grow and promote skating within their communities," Susi Wehrli-McLaughlin, senior director of membership, said.

The recipients of the grant are C3 Therapeutic Skating, LLC (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Champlain Valley Skating Club (Burlington, Vt.); Figure Skating in Harlem (New York); Queen City Figure Skating Club (Cincinnati); The River's Edge (Davenport, Iowa); and William G. Mennen Sports Arena (Morristown, N.J.).

The grants will be used by each recipient in the following ways:

  • C3 Therapeutic Skating will establish recreational private and group classes for disabled individuals.
  • Champlain Valley Skating Club will bring a Learn to Skate Program to its associate rink, UVM's Gutterson Arena.
  • Figure Skating in Harlem will implement a new weekly off-season program and extend its existing summer program by four days per week.
  • Queen City Figure Skating Club will develop a community partnership with the Girl Scouts of South Western Ohio by offering figure skating sessions that meet the requirements under the "Fun Badge" and "Try-It, Earn-It" categories.
  • The River's Edge will further propagate the message of the Basic Skills program at its recently acquired facility in order to make strides in increasing its participants for Basic Skills classes.
  • William G. Mennen Sports Arena will launch "Explore Your Skills: A Chance to Try Different Figure Skating Programs!" giving children the opportunity to try synchronized skating, ice dancing, ice theater, and "fun with freestyle."

The U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants, started by the Robert V. Hauff and John F. Dreeland Foundation, were established in 2010 with the purpose of providing funding to eligible member clubs and Basic Skills programs throughout the U.S.

Formerly known as the Hauff and Dreeland Community Development Grant, the U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants are awarded to the six applicants who most effectively communicate their mission, program plan, target market, timeline and benefits to the community and U.S. Figure Skating. The recipients each successfully demonstrate program plans that embody the principles of U.S. Figure Skating's mission and that will be strong role models in promoting the sport of figure skating throughout their communities.

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