“Skating in the Schools” uses Ice Skating Lessons to Teach Life Skills – A Partnership with Boston Frog Pond
Boston, MA—The Skating Club of Boston will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012, celebrating a long history as one of the pioneers in the sport of ice skating. The Club has produced top competitors, national titleholders and Olympians, and is utilizing that deep experience to launch a Skating in the Schools program. As part of the Skating Club of Boston’s Youth in Sport initiative, this program will extend the wealth of benefits of ice skating to an after-school audience of public school students. The Skating Club of Boston currently manages the Boston Common Frog Pond, and will be conducting the Skating in the Schools program through its Frog Pond Skating Academy.
“Skating is a great way for students to experience first-hand the benefits of a healthy after-school activity,” says Cheri Rigby, Director of Programming at the Boston Frog Pond. “Learning to skate is an empowering experience, leading to social benefits through interaction with your peers, and improved discipline and work habits.”
The pilot program for Skating in the Schools began on December 12, when students at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale were picked up and transported to the Boston Common Frog Pond. The Frog Pond Skating Academy is underwriting the Basic Skills lessons, skate rentals, transportation to and from the rink, a healthy snack and a season pass for public skating.
The new Skating in the Schools program is an innovative collaboration integrating the Boston Public Schools, the Park and Recreation Department, The Skating Club of Boston and US Figure Skating. Financial support from the Friends of the Public Garden will underwrite the transportation costs for the students. The benefits for participants as a result of meaningful after-school experiences include improved grades, work habits, school attendance, and social skills—all of which accrue to the wider community. The pilot program is the first step in what would be the creation of an overarching, community-wide program for City of Boston youth.
The mission of the Frog Pond Skating Academy is to provide a fun and safe skating experience for skaters of all abilities, while teaching correct technique, promoting physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. The Academy offers skating lessons at five locations, including the Frog Pond and The Skating Club of Boston; Foxborough; Marlborough; and Newton. For further information please call 617-78-SKATE or visit www.skatingacademy.org