Dorothy Hamill via Crowdrise
January 05, 2012
BENEFITING: KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE INC
The adaptive skating program was established in November 2009 so that children with physical disabilities could enjoy recreational ice skating. Part of the physically challenged sports programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute, I-Skate provides these children a unique opportunity to get involved with physical activity, which improves their health, as well as a chance for important social interaction with their peers. It also helps participants learn an activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
This Kennedy Krieger Institute program runs late fall through early spring, and over the course of those four or five months, the participants work on developing their skating skills. At the end of the program, the kids showcase their hard work with a show for friends and family.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:
Dorothy Hamill's I-Skate program is open to children ages 5 to 18. Their diagnoses and physical challenges can include:
· Cerebral palsy
· Spina bifida
· Muscular dystrophy
· Cancer survivors
· Amputated limbs
Participants range from children who may eventually become independent skaters to those who may always use a walker for support. Currently, the program can serve up 30 children, but hopes to receive the funding to expand further.
DOROTHY'S I-SKATE WISH LIST:
$100: Will pay for I-Skate T-Shirts, gloves and mittens for 3 children.
$250: Will pay for one pair of orthotic skates. Most of our skaters need skates that have room to accommodate their orthotics. These are specially designed skates that make it much easier for the children in the program to skate.
$500: Will pay for one session of ice time at the rink. Will pay for an ice walker. Many of our children are not able to walk without the aid of a walker. We need numerous sizes of pediatric walkers to accommodate all of our kids on the ice.
$1,000: Will pay for the end of season performance. Our children put on a show for friends and family at the end of the season. They skate to a specifically choreographed program that highlights their accomplishments and teamwork. Each child receives a certificate and a medal for their participation.
$5,000: Will pay for a full season of ice time at the rink. This will fund one-hour sessions for the twenty week I-Skate Season.
Other: Any amount will help our children unlock their potential.