There are many barriers to ice skating whether it’s cost, mobility issues or just being afraid to try it. For many people ice skating is just something they read about or see when they watch television. Today, more and more arenas are offering adaptive skating programs. Once such arena is Conway Arena in New Hampshire where the Adaptive Adults Skating Program uses the skate helpers regularly.
First Stride Program
The Chicago Blackhawks introduced their First Stride program two years ago and the results have been amazing. Their goal is to offer every school within a two-mile radius of the Fifth Third Arena the chance to come and learn how to skate and also learn in the classroom about S.T.E.M ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Over 113,000 kids go through the program every year. For many families skating and hockey is just not available or affordable. The Blackhawks offer skate helpers to those kids who may feel scared their first time on the ice.
The Adaptive Sports Program at Franciscan Children’s
This program provides children with special needs the opportunity to participate in sports and active recreation in a fun and safe environment. The Program promotes the learning of new skills, social opportunities and moderate to vigorous physical activity to maintain and improve health and fitness. The program takes place at the Boston Bruins Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, MA.
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