Programs and Initiatives
Skating After School
Access to ice skating for kids living in Boston can be extremely challenging with the number of indoor rinks currently limited in the City. For several years now, the Club has worked to help bridge the gap for Boston’s inner-city youth and their access to ice skating. As part of its public/private partnership with the City of Boston, The Skating Club of Boston runs its Skating After School program from its footprint at the Boston Common Frog Pond. Skating After School brings the sport of skating to City youths by helping to remove the primary barriers to entry in learning how or having the opportunity to ice skate. With underwriting assistance from the Friends of the Public Garden, complimentary transportation is provided to and from school on the appointed days, while the Club provides free admission, skate rentals, coaching and snacks. Complimentary passes to return to skate at the Frog Pond are also provided.
Adaptive Skating provides children and adults with disabilities access to the sport of figure skating by offering an opportunity to participate in a uniquely-tailored skating experience. Each program participant is paired with a volunteer buddy from The Skating Club of Boston who works with the skater and their family to provide customized instruction best suited for their needs.
Skating in the Schools
Currently on hiatus due to curriculum complications from supporting schools, the Club’s Skating in the Schools program made it a goal to reduce absenteeism and misconduct among its participants, and improve academic performance, especially in the area of science. When in session, Skating in the Schools runs from November until March and provides Boston Public School students with skating lessons, skates, transportation to and from the Boston Common Frog Pond, and a healthy snack for all students. The skating lessons are also paired with a course designed to connect students’ skating instruction with concepts in physics, chemistry, technology, engineering, and sports science. The importance of nutrition and fitness are also taught throughout. The course curriculum is flexible and designed to meet the school’s needs. Students also receive a season pass to the Boston Common Frog Pond and a one-year membership to U.S. Figure Skating.