USFSA SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Are you eligible to receive funding for the 2017-18 competitive skating season?

MEMORIAL FUND COMPETITIVE SKATERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CSAP) – Open to juvenile—senior level skaters who have placed sixth or higher at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Applications can be accessed through Members Only portal. The deadline to apply for this grant is September 1.

MEMORIAL FUND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (ASP) – Open to current and former skaters who are enrolled at an accredited college or university and are still actively involved in the sport of figure skating. Applications can be accessed through Members Only portal. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Sept. 1.

U.S. FIGURE SKATING SCHOLASTIC HONORS TEAM – Open to novice—senior level skaters entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2017. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Sept. 8.

JOYCE KOMPERDA ATHLETE SUPPORT FUND – Open to intermediate—junior level singles, pairs and ice dance athletes.The deadline to apply for this grant is August 31.

MEMORIAL FUND RISE YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST – Open to skaters at pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juvenile and juvenile levels. The deadline to apply for this grant is September 1.

BUCH FAMILY ACADEMIC GRANT SCHOLARSHIP – Open to skaters at the novice—senior level currently enrolled at an accredited college or university. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is August 31.

THURSDAY AUGUST 24, 2017 TEST SESSION SCHEDULE

Good luck to all of the skaters testing. Please be sure to check in and turn in music as applicable 15 minutes prior.

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2018 NAR

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17th ANNUAL ICE HOUSE BASIC SKILLS COMPETITION

The 17th Annual Ice House Basic Skills Competition is open and ready for entries

Competition Date: Sunday, April 09, 2017

Facility: Ice House, Hackensack NJ

Entry Deadline: March 17, 2017

Host Club: Ice House of NJ FSC

You can find competition information and the announcement under the downloadable documents to the upper right of the web site.  Please be sure to read the announcement in its entirety and take note of deadlines, event, and music requirements.

Sign up at Entryeeze, Direct Sign up link: http://comp.entryeeze.com/Home.aspx?cid=403

LINDSAY THORNGREN – SILVER MEDALIST AT EASTERN SECTIONALS!

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Congratulations On Making It To Sectionals

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Winter Wonderland

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AUTISM SKATES 2016

“And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air…” Skaters, friends, and family stood at attention as Jodi DiPiazza sang the National Anthem. It was only fitting that this young girl from the autistic community launched Autism Skates 2016, the 4th annual skate-a-thon for the Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club.

“I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat every time I hear Jodi sing,” said organizer and co-host Amanda Witkowski, “Jodi kicked off Autism Skates 2014 and I am so touched that she was able to join us again.”

“What was exciting for me was that we brought the skating community together with the autistic community, said organizer and co-host Sarah Kim. “It was beautiful to see competitive skaters who train every day, come in on a weekend and hold the hands of an autistic child to help them skate a lap around the rink.”

This is the second time Witkowski organized and hosted her Club’s skate-a-thon. When asked about her interest in autism Witkowski explained. “Autism Skates was started because of my lack of understanding about autism. I was curious about a cousin who simply seemed shy and my neighbor who couldn’t verbalize his needs except through noises.  The idea that both were autistic and experiencing such different issues led to my interest in knowing more. What struck me was that many parents may not recognize the early signs, or be able to accept that there is an issue. What they need to know is that early diagnosis helps get the child into programs that help them to potentially verbalize or communicate in some manner, so as to express their ideas and needs to those who love them deeply.”

“Based on that,” said Kim, “We decided early on to primarily support New Beginnings for Tomorrow, which helps individuals develop cognitive and social skills. Representatives from the school joined us that day, skated, and even helped count laps!”

Prior to the event Kim and Witkowski sold commemorative tee shirts and autism puzzle pieces. Using social media they promoted the event to their Club, communities and beyond. Club member Gianna Bozzetti performed extensive research and generated informational materials to distribute at the event. Representatives from the National Garden Miss pageant system assisted at the event with donations of water to distribute to participants.

Every skater who completed 100 laps received a certificate of recognition. The first two across the finish line received trophies. There were trophies for larger donations, and souvenir bracelets as well. “This event is special to our Club in so many ways,” said IHNJFSC President Maria Morin. “I am proud of the work the girls put in to making it a success, the ways they involved skaters and others, and the message this sends about the positive contribution teens are making.” Plans for Autism Skates 2017 are already underway.

MORAN MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – August 26-28, 2016

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