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 6-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 $79 for the 6 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 equipment). There is also an annual $16 membership fee to Learn-to-Skate USA (membership is valid July 2022-June 2023) .
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.
January 12 (5:00pm, Hersheypark Arena)
January 19 (4:30pm, GIANT Center)
February 16 (4:30pm, GIANT Center)
February 23 (4:30pm, GIANT Center)
March 2 (5:00pm, Hersheypark Arena)
March 9 (5:00pm, Hersheypark Arena)
all classes 5-6pm at the Hersheypark Arena
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 Twizzles skaters, please fill out the form at the link below . While we prefer to have someone available for each of the Thursdays, it is okay to volunteer even if you have to miss a week or so. Contact Melissa Spittler if you have any questions.
Do you or someone you know use a wheelchair? Want to experience being on the ice? For $5 per person, come join us at any of the dates you see list for Therapeutic Skating above. You can: