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Skating Club of Lake Placid launching Adaptive Basic Skills Program

August 25, 2010 - Christie Sausa

From the Skating Club of Lake Placid- A new program!! 


Skating Club of Lake Placid to Launch Adaptive Basic Skills Program

Program provides one-on-one instruction for youth with disabilities


CONTACT: Rosemary Gole, (518) 523-5947,


LAKE PLACID – The Skating Club of Lake Placid (SCLP) is one of the oldest and most storied clubs in the country, boasting many firsts over its 77 years, including the first Winter Olympic Games held in the United States (1932), first summer skating program in North America (1932), first judges’ school (1936), and first Skate America (1981).  Now, the Skating Club of Lake Placidwill once again make history by joining only a handful of clubs across the country with Adaptive Basic Skills programs. 


On September 19, the Skating Club of Lake Placid will host Adaptive Basic Skills skater registration for children ages five to 18, and volunteer education for all interested community members. 


Volunteer Education

11 a.m.


Skater Registration & Adaptive Equipment Fitting

12:30 p.m.

Olympic Center


The program will run concurrently with the regular Basic Skills Program, three six week sessions for one hour on Sunday afternoons/evenings beginning in October.  The adaptive program will use the United States Figure Skating Basic Skills structure with the ultimate goal of mainstreaming skaters into the regular Basic Skills program when possible. The classes will be run by a professional figure skating instructor with extensive education and experience in the area of adaptive physical education.  In addition, each skater will have the assistance of a one-on-one volunteer.


For adaptive skaters, this program offers an opportunity to enjoy a challenging physical activity which offers the benefit of improved self-confidence, coordination, and core and leg strength.  For club members, an adaptive program provides a vehicle to give back to the community which has done so much to promote the sport of figure skating, and an opportunity to involve community members outside of the club.  Adaptive skating allows one more group access to the health benefits of this exciting sport while helping to create meaningful life experiences for individuals with disabilities.


Registration fees are equivalent to the regular Basic Skills program, $75 for each six week session.   Fees underwrite the cost of U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills materials and membership, and the salary of a professional coach.  The Skating Club of Lake Placid will provide and fit adaptive equipment if required, thanks to underwriting support from a grant from the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund.


For more information or to register as a skater or volunteer, contact the Skating Club of Lake Placid at or (518) 523-1655 ext. 318 and leave a message.


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