Dorothy Hamill via Crowdrise
March 10, 2011
BENEFITING: KENNEDY KRIEGER FOUNDATION 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.
The 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: