Skating in the Schools

An exciting, new skating program created by U.S. Figure Skating for use by the educational community, "Skating in the Schools" fosters a link between schools, the fun and fitness of skating and the local rink.

"Skating in the Schools" will offer a skating program that can be integrated directly into the school's physical education curriculum. The framework ranges from a one-week program, designed to make students aware of skating and provide an initial skill introduction to the sport, to a four-week course, focusing on additional skill development and application. The language, goals and content of the program can be adapted for use with students from elementary school through college. The program may be conducted by the school during the school day, as an after-school offering or as a rewards program.

The program's primary goals are to:

  • Introduce a broad audience to skating
  • Develop skills related to the sport
  • Develop life-long positive attitudes toward health and fitness through skating
  • Provide schools a new tool for the development of their students' health and fitness
  • Empower physical education teachers with the ability to safely and correctly teach and promote beginning skating

Additional benefits include:
  • The development in students of self-esteem, self-challenge and self-evaluation
  • The establishment of a link between school and community

The curriculum features separate skill sections that parallel Learn to Skate USA's Basic 1-4 curricula. To register a Learn to Skate USA program, visit


A Local School Teaches Ice-Skating in Gym Class
OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks

Here is a video clip and some pictures summarizing our day at the science museum (COSI). With the help of the Columbus Blue Jackets and COSI, the OhioHeath Chiller Ice Rink was able to give a presentation about the science of skating & hockey.

At the event there were hands-on stations - mini zamboni, ice painting/making, different types of skates, carpet skates, balance, spinner and a slap shot station. It was a blast and very well received amongst curious future scientists. You never know, someone may have been inspired to figure out the physics of a quintuple jump!

Click here to view the video

EduSkating Fever on Ice

EduSkating Fever on Ice Video

EduSkating Fever on Ice (FOI) is a fusion of academics and the Olympic sport of figure skating. The mission is to enhance students' athletic and academic skills through a challenging and fun program of instruction in ice skating. The vision is to provide educational opportunities to all children regardless of their race, culture, sex, religion or economic status. We aim to reduce racial segregation and economic isolation as well as promote improvement in fitness, health, academic achievement, social skills, self-esteem, discipline and confidence by focusing on figure skating and the Olympic movement as an educational tool that can bring all these components together and motivate students to do their best.

It targets Pre-K, K-12 grades and age groups and it is highly appropriate for this stage of life. School students are beginning to explore the world more broadly, they are increasingly able to deal with abstract thought, they are filled with energy, and they are extremely attuned to their peers and enjoy social interaction. EduSkating addresses these characteristics through a highly physical program in which every component gains relevance by being linked to the ice skating instruction that students are experiencing. In addition, the program is designed to be fun, so that students are highly motivated to participate actively in all the activities. With ice skating at its center, EduSkating is able to capture the attention and involvement of these young people in order to develop fitness, academic skills, and personal skills such as leadership, discipline, focus and social interaction.

By educating through the Olympic movement and its ideals, the academic, fitness, social and personal lessons experienced by the students are important for success in any area of life, the program plays an extremely positive role in shaping the future of young people.

EduSkating Fever on Ice was developed in 2009 by its directors, Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, who are both top-ranked figure skaters, 6-time U.S. medalists, competed and performed internationally, and represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The program was supported by an Interdistrict grant from the Connecticut Department of Education, which recognizes programs that promote understanding among diverse groups of students and also advance academic achievement. In 2010, Melissa Gregory has won the Rings of Gold individual award from the U.S. Olympic Committee and EduSkating has received a highly competitive TEAM USA grant from the USOC. The program has received recognition, including letters of support from U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT), the U.S. Olympic Committee, and numerous Olympians, World and Olympic champions.

Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Fairfax, Va.

More than 600 students from Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Fairfax, Va. participated in their annual Career Day.

Children heard and asked questions about a day in the life of interesting professions including a large animal veterinarian, a firefighter, a police officer, and a figure skating coach.

Students earned presents by asking a question. So all went home with U.S. Figure Skating pencils, note pads and key chains. Seven-year-old Arron E. asked, "Why do you like your job?" Coach Cherie Farrington answered, "Sharing how fun skating is as a sport, then explaining it so the person understands it is what makes it interesting. As a coach you get to motivate someone everyday. Maybe they are scared and you can change fear to joy. Plus no two students are alike, so everyday is really different. You never get bored."

Greeley Ice Haus, Greeley, Colo.
The Greeley Ice Haus in Greeley, Colo., recently launched "Ice Skating" and "Ice Hockey" as community college courses in the state of Colorado.

"I instructed classes for a local community college in my hometown close to 13 years ago, and those students really enjoyed the class while attaining college credit in the sport, so I wanted to bring that concept to Colorado community colleges," said Kristin Hoort, Greeley Ice Haus Skating Director.

Hoort was aware that college classes were available at some universities; however, she wasn't finding any offered at community colleges in the state of Colorado. After contacting the program coordinator in the Physical Education Department at Aims Community College in Greeley, they developed a plan to incorporate the sport into the community college curriculum. Hoort developed a course outline that contained the course objectives, goals, information and assignments for both courses, with input from Jon Larson, the general manager for the Ice Haus. Once the course outlines were approved, Laura Willoughby, the physical education program coordinator at Aims, structured the syllabus to contain the proper policies that applied to Aims CC.

Classes started with the history and background of the sport, safety and proper boot fit, and boot care. Membership was included in the course fee and provided the students with the instructors manual to complement the skills they were learning and developing in class. Near the end of the course, the students in "Ice Skating" were able to put a small routine together using skills they learned throughout the semester in the Adult 1-4 and Free Skate 1-6 curriculums. Students were also taught presentation and artistry to add entertainment value to their programs. Those enrolled in "Ice Hockey" performed skills from both the Adult and Hockey curriculums and were able to play scrimmages and participate in recreational leagues being offered at the Ice Haus.

Participants in the "Skating into Schools" program
Cornerstone Schools and ICES
Young students in the Detroit area are learning the value of dedication and discipline in achieving their goals as participants in a "Skating into Schools" program. Judy Sargent and Natasha Haase are the local organizers who approached Cornerstone Schools to expand its curriculum to include this emerging U.S. Figure Skating-supported program. Sargent and Haase represent the International Center for Excellence in Skating (ICES), which is a philanthropic, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of young figure skaters in the United States and abroad.

"Skating into Schools" teaches important life-lessons that influence self-esteem, discipline and fitness as well as the joy of skating, organizers say.

"I thought it would be great to bring skating to the schools," Sargent said. "My family is already involved with Cornerstone Schools, and I thought this would be the perfect place to try introducing 'Skating into Schools.'"

Classes began in February at the Troy (Mich.) Sports Center, with 18 first-graders learning the basics of skating, safety and equipment. Sargent covers all the costs for the Cornerstone students, including ice time and coaching fees. In addition, she provided skates for each child, while her mother offered transportation to and from the rink.

A handful of Cornerstone students also participated in the Michigan Basic Skills Series.

"Only time will tell how far these talented children may go in competitive skating," said Ernestine Sanders, president and CEO of Cornerstone Schools. "But with the support of programs like 'Skating into Schools,' they are learning the tools to help them succeed in whatever they attempt."

Kids on Ice - Schools Skate for Fitness, Fort Dupont Ica Arena, Washington, D.C.
The Kids On Ice Schools Skate for Fitness program provides group skating lessons for D.C. Public Schools as a part of the physical education curriculum. This is one of the most successful Kids On Ice programs, serving more than 6,000 kids each year through 50 schools.

For more information, visit

Danbury Ice Arena
Every year a group of approximately 10-12 students from a local school comes in for 6-8 weeks in the January/February/March time frame. The arena charges $10 per student per week. The students have one hour on the ice (during public session) with a 30-minute lesson during that time. The group is split into two: those who are new to skating and those that have skated before. The school also holds a summer camp and brings a group to skate on public session during the day in the summer.

Come Skate With U.S.!
Program conducted by the Utah Olympic Oval

Program Specifics
The Utah Olympic Oval is offering a skating program for ages 5-18. This program will bring youth groups to the Utah Olympic Oval for a tour of the facility, lunch, free ice time, skate rental/helmets and instruction. Dates are available from June 11-August 22. Groups are welcome to come one time or as often as they like. Reservations are required 10 days in advance for each visit. Space is limited, so call now to reserve your spot.

Where: The Utah Olympic Oval
Who: School/youth groups ages 5-18
What: Tour of facility, lunch, skating - $3 per student
When: Monday-Friday, 12-1:30 p.m., June 11-Aug 22
How: Call 801.968.OVAL (6825) now to reserve your space!

Apex Center Ice Arena
The school field trip program combines Olympic timeliness, convenience and value. Dia McGaughey, figure skating director at the Apex Center Ice Arena, is running an innovative field trip program for elementary schools that is drawing big numbers just a few weeks after its inception.

The program takes the drawing power of an Olympic year and makes it even more attractive by offering it free. All the schools have to do is provide transportation, and the ice arena staff does the rest.

"I thought this would be a great way to get more children into the rink," McGaughey said. "The spark of excitement generated by the Olympics, plus a fun and educational experience on the ice, introduces kids to the sport and helps build our lesson enrollment."

So far, two schools and more than 500 children have participated in the program. It is marketed mostly through fliers and one-on-one contact with local schools. Along with on- and off-ice instruction, the children get free skate rental, information on other programs and a coupon for 10 percent off lessons at the Apex Ice Arena.

"Part of what makes this work is the supportive and innovative management team here at the Apex Center," McGaughey said. "They cleared the way for this program by allowing the use of ice time and classroom time that are under-utilized during the day."

In addition, the skating coaches volunteer their time and experience to teach the classes.

Each class lasts for an hour and a half, and 70 children participate in each session. The first 30 minutes are spent off the ice teaching children about the different Olympic sports that are competed on rink surfaces: figure skating (singles, pairs and ice dancing), hockey, speed skating and curling. The instructors then take the children out on the ice for a 30-minute Basic Skills lesson. Each student receives a goody bag filled with information about U.S. Figure Skating, U.S. Speedskating and USA Hockey, along with information about the Apex Center and its on-ice classes.

Pond Sponsored 'Pride Program' at Kenston Schools
The Kenston School District in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink have teamed up to hold the Afternoon Ice Skating Luncheon, the grand prize for students who earn "perks" for acts of kindness, character and integrity.

Those students who earned 15 perks receive an afternoon at the rink, skating, snacks and fun. One hundred and thirty kids achieved this goal.

To those students who have less then 15 perks, the Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink gave FREE public session passes and FREE skate rental passes to use during winter break.

The Redwood Empire Ice Arena (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
Snoopy's Home Ice School Program Skating is a dedicated time for children ages 4 years and older to learn skating in a structured yet relaxing environment.

The primary goal of this program is to teach basic skating skills as well as strive to build confidence, balance and coordination. By teaching basic skating skills, confident skaters are created with enough proficiency to pursue recreational or competitive ice skating activities such as figure skating or ice hockey. School program is offered to private, public and home school groups.