U.S. Figure Skating Announces Recipients of 2013-14 U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants

(7/15/13) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the recipients of the 2013-14 U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants. Six member clubs and Basic Skills programs have been awarded $2,000 each for the purpose of developing community-based programs and events designed to attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.

A five-member selection committee reviewed 53 applications and awarded the grants to those member clubs and Basic Skills programs that were most effectively able to demonstrate how they would use the monies awarded to develop their initiatives.

"The U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants allow programs across the country to expand or develop their figure skating communities," Susi Wehrli-McLaughlin, U.S. Figure Skating senior director, membership, said. "U.S. Figure Skating is excited to support these initiatives in the upcoming Olympic year."

The recipients of the grants are EduSkating/Fever on Ice (Hartford, Conn.); BC Winter Club (Binghamton, N.Y.); Northeast Ice Skating Club (Haverhill, Mass.); Spokane Figure Skating Club (Spokane, Wash.); Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Washington); and the Figure Skating Club of Cincinnati (Cincinnati).

The grants will be used by each recipient in the following ways:

EduSkating/Fever on Ice will further its partnerships with eight Bridgeport, Conn., schools by providing basic skating instruction to third grade students throughout the academic year.

The BC Winter Club will continue to offer two Basic Skills programs following financial setbacks caused by Hurricane Lee.

The Northeast Ice Skating Club will extend its Basic Skills marketing strategy to incorporate the "Tri-Town Area" of Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton, Mass.

The Spokane Figure Skating Club will add up to three one hour ice sessions per week as part of its Advanced Learn to Skate classes.

The Friends of Dupont Ice Arena will fund the Advanced Figure Skating component of its Kids On Ice Positive Learning Using Skating (KOI PLUS) program.

The Figure Skating Club of Cincinnati will establish the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program at their home rink.

The Community Development Grants, started by the Robert V. Hauff and John F. Dreeland Foundation, were established in 2010 with the purpose of providing funding to eligible member clubs and Basic Skills programs throughout the United States. Formerly known as the Hauff and Dreedland Community Development Grant, the U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants were awarded to the six applicants who most effectively communicated their mission, program plan, target market, timeline and benefits to the community and U.S. Figure Skating. The recipients each successfully demonstrated program plans that embody the principles of U.S. Figure Skating's mission and that will be strong role models in promoting the sport of figure skating throughout their communities. For more information on the grants or any of the recipient programs, please contact U.S. Figure Skating.

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