What is therapeutic skating?
Skating is great exercise, but can be especially beneficial to those with developmental disabilities, physical challenges, or who are recovering from an injury--whether they are children or adults. Benefits include:
One-on-one assistance, under the guidance of a United States Figure Skating Association-certified coach
Our Hershey Twizzles program runs for 5-weeks, with the first week may involve mostly off-ice (depending upon skater ability) but in skates (progressing to on-ice as the skaters' ability improves). It is open to from age 5-adult.
How Much Does This Cost?
The cost is $62 for the 5 weeks, with rental skates an additional $2.50 (please contact us well in advance if your skater needs special skates, and we will try to make arrangements for adaptive equiopment). There is also a one-time (per year) $16 membership fee to Learn-to-Skate USA. (Note: those who have previously registered will need to join Learn to Skate USA again for July 1-June 30 sessions. Those who participated in our Summer session in 2018 will not need to pay the $16 again).
We recommend that skaters bring a bike or hockey helmet. Walkers will be provided for those who need it.
In the future, we hope to lower the costs through grant-writing and donations. Please contact us if you believe your potential skater might need adaptive equipment.
Our next 5-week session will start on Monday, March 4, 2019, and run 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Please note that some sessions will be held at the Hersheypark Arena and some at the Giant Center.
Late Winter/Early Spring - Session 3
Please note that Session 3 occurs at both Giant Center and the Hersheypark Arena.
March 4 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Hersheypark Arena
March 11 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Giant Center
March 18 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Giant Center
March 25 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Giant Center
April 1 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Hersheypark Arena
Registration for Session 3 below.
If you are a past volunteer for Hershey Twizzles, THANK YOU. If you'd like to continue into the next session, you need to indicate your availability by filling out the volunteer form again. Thanks in advance.
Each of our participant skaters will be paired with a volunteer buddy, both on and off ice. You need not be an expert skater to volunteer, but be comfortable on ice.
If you are interested in being a volunteer buddy to one of our Hershey Swizzles skaters, please fill out the form at the link below . While we prefer to have someone available for each of the Mondays, it is okay to volunteer even if you have to miss a week or so. We need extra volunteers to cover absences. Contact Audrie Schaller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheels on Ice is back this fall at the fully-accessible Giant Center.
Do you or someone you know use a wheelchair? Want to experience being on the ice in the Giant Center? For $5 per person, come join us at any of the dates you see list for Therapeutic Skating above. You can: