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United States Figure Skating Awards Grants For Community Development

Lesson with Sasha Cohen
Lesson with Sasha CohenPhoto by Peter Kramer/Getty Images

U.S. Figure Skating announced today the recipients of the 2014-15 U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grants. Six member clubs and Basic Skills programs have been awarded $2,000 each to develop communitiy-based programs and events to bring up new generations of figure skaters.

A five-member selection committee reviewed 35 applications and awarded grants to those clubs and programs that were best able to show how they would use the money to develop the programs they foresaw.

The recipients of the grants are Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Bemidji Figure Skating Club, Bemidji, Minnesota; Brenton Skating Plaza, Des Moines, Iowa; Cutting Edge Figure Skating Club, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, Washington; and the Winter Club Learn to Skate Program, Indianapolis.

This is how the grants will be used:

The Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club will support their Learn to Skate initiative for students who fall under the classification of special needs.

The Bemidji Figure Skating Club will begin a program which will rent skates to members of the community with all proceeds going to fund skating scholarships.

Brenton Skating Plaza will give back into a 12-week skating program designed for inner-city youth, promoting healthy minds, bodies and spirits.

The Cutting Edge Figure Skating Club will promote high quality skating programs in the community with scholarships and free programs.

Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena will add to their KOI P.L.U.S. (Kids On Ice, Positive Learning Using Skating) program with synchronized skating.

The Winter Club Learn to Skate Program will expand their Basic Skills Program into a multi-day, multi-faceted package.

These Community Development Grants were started by the Robert V. Hauff and John F. Dreeland Foundation and began in 2010 to provide funding for member clubs and Basic Skills Programs. They give back to communities and clubs that show strong embodiment of USFS principles and have strong role models of skating.