National Skating Month 2015
*Each of the summaries have been sent in and written by members of the clubs themselves.
2015 National Skating Month Video Contest Winners
Click on each link below to view the winning videos:
Runner-Up: Helena Figure Skating Club
This was our best one yet, event better than last year. We had about 525 skate in our 4.5 hour day, with about over 700 total including people that did not skate. We offered free lessons, exhibitions, our DJ was there keeping this fun, along with great prizes and we offered $10 off anyone who registered for LTS during the event. It was a great day. It gets better every year!
The Glenview Ice Center celebrates National Skating Month through the Holidays and the beginning of January! This year's 14th annual Winter Carnival attracted hundreds of families over the two-week winter school break. The Winter Carnival included daily family public skate sessions, a charity hockey game, hockey and figure skating lessons, Winter Wonderland skating exhibition with special guest appearances included Elsa and Olaf! "Skates" the Chicago Wolves mascot and Ronald McDonald.
Check out this display at the local library!
On Monday, January 19, 2015 the Point Mallard Figure Skating Club along with the Point Mallard Ducks (junior hockey team) hosted a FREE Learn to Skate date for the community at the Point Mallard Ice Complex in Decatur, Alabama. The ice was split in half with figure skating on one side and learn to play hockey on the other. Participants learned basic skating skills and participated in some fun on-ice games and prize giveaways.
Our city puts on an annual "Winter Fete" event every January to celebrate winter in our community of Bloomington, Minnesota. Our rink offered half price open skating and we worked with the rink to put on our "Great to Skate" event at the same time, during the open skating. We had volunteer skaters, parents, and coaches from our Bloomington Ice Garden Skate School and Figure Skating Club of Bloomington help skaters on and off of the ice. Our volunteers handed out all the "goodies" from our promotional box from U.S. Figure Skating at a table set up in the rinks lobby, and our club skaters and myself handed our Basic Skills information and registration brochures for our skate school to everyone. We were lucky to have so many great skaters to give a helping hand to anyone needing help with their skating. We are so excited to be one of the host rinks for the 2016 US Figure Skating National Championships, and look forward to involving our community. We have great volunteers, skaters, facilities, and the Mall of America!
The City of Kettering hosted its 13th annual season of Absolutely Free National Skate Week Clinic! Since we had such a wonderful turnout last season, we decided to host two National Skate Week Clinic days again. These 2 hour events included free lessons to the public, free skate rental, free open skate, free prize give-a-ways and free exhibitions from some of our basic skill skaters and the South Dayton Figure Skating Club including the Ice Force Synchronized Skating teams. We had information tables set up during our event for the South Dayton Figure Skating club, our City of Kettering Group Lesson information, and our Ice Force Synchronized Skating Team.
There were approximately 250 total skating participants during our Clinics. We offered free group lessons, in a coned off section on the ice, every 15 minutes. A free open skate was also going on during this time. The group lessons were taught by our City of Kettering professionals, instructor assistants and some of our volunteers. Many participants stayed in the group lessons for two sessions and then moved on to the open skate. Several participants wanted lesson information after skating and did sign up for our next session!
On January 23, the members of Ice & Blades of Western Pennsylvania celebrated National Skating Month along with an enthusiastic crowd of over 250 at our host arena BladeRunners Ice Complex-Harmar, in Pittsburgh.
In the lobby prior to the "Learn to Skate" session, skaters and parents stopped by our U.S. Figure Skating table to watch the National Skating Month video and collected the informational literature and asked great questions. All skaters were given information about NBC's television coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the Ice & Blades of Western Pennslyvania Newsletter and a "Frozen" treat bag packed with U.S. Figure Skating ttreasures and promotional information.
After the "Learn to Skate" patrons took to the ice, the public session skaters and friends using their buddy passes joined in on the fun. The skaters of Ice & Blades of Western Pennsylvania did a great job assisting our newest friends.
Kids, teens, adults and families had a great time during our National Skating Month celebration. They enjoyed the "Frozen" theme of the night's activities. Music, prizes and the "Freeze Frame" were a huge hit.
The Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities held our 14th National Skating Month event in cooperation with the Davenport Parks & Recreation Department. We had 330 attendees on Saturday, January 24. Our volunteers (coaches, learn to skate instructors and skaters) gave 114 "mini-lessons" on ice. The Skate with Us event was covered on 3 television stations in our local area and by one newspaper. Additionally, the Parks Department offered on Learn to Skate 8-week package worth $126 as part of a door prize raffle. A great time was had by all!
The Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex celebrated National Skating Month Day on Saturday, January 10th.We started our event with exhibitions from our National Team Skaters that participated at the U.S. Championships, followed by group numbers from our Advanced Freestyle Skaters, Adults and Basic Skills skaters. The stands were completely full. We also ran a bake sale which offered hot chocolate, and had information about Basic Skills programs and ice skates (both figure and hockey). After the exhibition, we invited the audience to try skating and learn from our coaches. We had a DJ with games going on in the center of the ice and our coaches were on hand to help beginners. Our event was free to the public and we had a great turnout!
The Rockford Skating Club and the Rockford Park District teamed up again this year to help promote figure skating to our area. This year we did two different events. On Monday, January 19th the Rockford Park District hosted a Martin Luther King Day Skate which drew 307 people. The Rockford Skating Club had volunteers giving mini-lessons to interested skaters. RPD staff and RSC volunteers had tables in the lobby to share information about programs offered, skating in general and shared the great USFS goodies. Then on Sunday, January 25th we tried a new event for us. We invited all the current Learn to Skate students to attend a free one hour of lessons and fun. The Rockford Park District provided the ice and promoted the event. We had 23 skaters attend and some event brought their parents. The skaters participated in group lessons and played some fun games on the ice, including the hokey pokey. We had coaches and volunteers available to answer questions parents might have and each participant received a goodie bag of USFS and RSC merchandise including a free pass to a future Club Ice session.
We had many events at our rink to celebrate National Skating Month. We started off with a Free Open House that consisted of a free skate lesson, door prizes, demonstrations and free skating. We had 150 people show up for this event and had 25 people take advantage of a discounted price for classes to sign up.
Every Friday we had a themed night public session where skaters could dress up and get admission at a discounted price. We gave prizes for best dressed. Some of the theme nights that we included were pajama night, masquerade night, sports team night, princess/super hero night and western night.
The Helena Figure Skating Club had a great time hosting our first Great to Skate clinic in several years!
We had a wonderful turnout! Our ice arena is privately owned so we talked them into doing a profit share for the two hours of ice time. They donated the ice and we split the profits 50/50. We had 72 skaters at our clinic. The most exciting part of the event was that we gave a discount to any Great to Skate skaters who signed up for our Basic Skills lessons at the clinic. Our next set of lessons began the following day. The incentive was a hit! We had 56 skaters sign up! Those numbers are great for our town.
Our club partnered with our local Junior A hockey team to celebrate Great to Skate month as well. The hockey team helped us advertise our event because we performed during the first intermission of the game they had the evening of Great to Skate. The Helena Bighorns, the Junior A team, also gave us free tickets to give to our participants! It was a great partnership for us, the rink, and the team.Coverage of our event was on the local news!
On January 31st, The Queen City Figure Skating Club in Cincinnati, Ohio held an Open House with Free Learn to Skate lessons, refreshments, free skate rentals and door prizes to celebrate National Skating Month and attract new skaters to this wonderful sport. The event was a HUGE success with over 100 skaters plus their families in attendance. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, it was a very festive atmosphere! Plus, several people who attended the event then enrolled in our Learn to Skate Classes that continue to grow and thrive. Our full coaching staff was in attendance to teach the classes along with many, many members to help with the event; all volunteers then enjoyed a pizza party after the Open House.
Photos from the event can be found here.