DREAM (Determination, Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Motivation)

U.S. Figure Skating's DREAM program for singles, pairs and dance was developed with the goal of using the skating and leadership skills of highly accomplished athletes to influence the lives of developing athletes. Skaters are selected from a pool of applicants who must have competed, at a minimum, at the junior or senior level at the most recent sectional championship to join U.S. Figure Skating in various programs to support and promote synchronized skating in the United States.

The 2011-2012 DREAM program includes ten skaters representing all disciplines and sections of the country.

2011-12 DREAM Program Members

Rockne Brubaker: "Skating has taught me about respect, hard work, commitment, and how to push through and never give up. Skating has taught me about teamwork, how to encourage and also inspire. One ofthe most important things that skating has taught me is to not only to win the right way, but also to lose the right way."

Ashley Cain: "I want to teach young kids to reach for their dreams and follow their heart. I want to teach them that if you have a dream you have to stay focused and work hard to accomplish it. I am working towards a dream that I created when I was a young girl."

Samantha Cesario: "Everything in life is about balance and priorities. No matter what happens with the rest of my figure skating career I know that a great deal of who I am and what I've become has come from my sport."

Rachael Flatt: "I want to change the perspective on being a successful athlete. Being a successful athlete means being able to give back to the sport by providing support, encouragement, motivation, and inspiration for young athletes while garnering positive attention to the sport. This could include research projects, volunteerism, community outreach programs, and fundraisers."

Gracie Gold: "I am undecided about which college I will attend, but I know having a strong figure skating community will be an important factor in my decision. I am considering staying in Chicago and attending the University of Illinois, which has a strong medical program; moving to Los Angeles and attending UCLA; or attending the University of Michigan."

Roxette Howe: "When I think about the most memorable thing about my skating career, it wasn't just one competition or one event. It was the entire process of overcoming obstacles, reaching goals, and creating memories in a sport that I love. It was all of these experiences that helped me to never give up on my dreams."

Lukas Kaugars: "I want to motivate younger skaters to realize that it is so much more than putting skates on and getting on the ice every day. There are so many memories I have gained from skating that I would not have gained elsewhere, and I want to help give anyone who is willing to work for it the same opportunities to love skating as much as I do."

Anna Marie Pearce: "Skating is not just a matter of getting to the podium. It is a journey that personifies a happy life: to be determined that you can succeed, to take the responsibility to be not only self-reliant, but to be responsible in caring for others, to be educated and make learning a life time habit, to achieve by setting goals and working toward achievement and finding motivation through your passion."

Danny O'Shea: "I have sacrificed much in my life for my skating career, but in return skating has taught me how to live my life to the fullest and has given me so many chances I would never have gotten without this wonderful sport. It has taught me determination and dedication in the face of adversity. It has taught me that a smile can change another person's day, and that a positive attitude can change my bad day to just another chance to make myself a better me."

Matej Silecky: "I am confident that the personal qualities I have developed through skating will serve me well in my future career. I plan to major in Performance Arts and Communications, focusing on acting, directing and scriptwriting. Like skating, development and completion of any form of entertainment media requires imagination, creativity, emotion and mostly persistence and hard work. Figure skating, whether learning a new technical skill or developing a program, has given me a greater understanding of these processes. I have also learned that many people contribute to the team that creates a final product, and that they are all important."