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. 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 kids 5-16.
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, October 29, and run 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
All sessions will be held at the Giant Center.
Fall - Session 1
|Oct.||29||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Nov.||5||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Nov.||12||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Nov.||26||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Dec.||3||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
Winter - Session 2
|Jan.||7||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Jan.||14||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Jan.||21||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Jan.||28||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
|Jan.||4||4:30 - 5:30 PM|
Registration for Session 1 below.
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: