Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund

In September 2009, Joyce Komperda, longtime friend of U.S. Figure Skating, made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund. The gift will provide funding to intermediate, novice and junior-level athletes who demonstrate financial need.

Komperda, of Menomonee Falls, Wis., began figure skating as a young girl in Milwaukee, Wis., when, after being diagnosed with asthma, her family doctor recommended to her parents that they seek a dry or cool climate for their daughter.

"My mother signed me up for skating lessons assuming the climate of the ice rink would be good for me, and the rest is history," Komperda said.

Komperda's love of figure skating and its personal benefits to young skaters motivated her to create the fund. After a successful and rewarding career at one of Wisconsin's most prestigious law firms, Komperda now spends her time judging U.S. Figure Skating competitions and resides between her two homes in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Minocqua, Wis.

To be eligible for the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund, an applicant must 1) be an intermediate-, novice- or junior-level skater in singles, pairs or ice dancing and 2) complete the grant application above with his or her parents/guardians. If you have further questions, please contact Emmaline Repp, coordinator, giving programs, at U.S. Figure Skating headquarters at 719.635.5200.