Skate for Joy is a non-profit organization committed to helping children discover the joy of ice skating.
It is our goal to engage under-served youth from all backgrounds in a high quality, after-school US Figure Skating Basic Skills program and inspire them, regardless of race or creed.
The program will consistently provide mentoring that will foster skills in goal-setting and teach the importance of physical fitness and respecting themselves and others.
By providing a fun, yet structured and disciplined environment that will help each child build self-esteem, they will mature into confident individuals striving to succeed on ice and beyond.
Who We Are:
Skate For Joy is a Providence-based 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to keeping kids off the streets and on the ice. Skate For Joy was founded in 2001 by former professional figure skater Carolyn J. Drumm, and launched a beginner synchronized skating team in 2010.
What We Do: Skate For Joy provides no/low-cost United States Figure Skating and Hockey basic skills instruction to more than 50 underserved children each year. We provide a weekly after-school learn to skate program from December to March, weather permitting, and a Saturday morning beginner synchronized skating team. We also provide participants with a healthy snack, life skills speakers, positive role models and all necessary equipment.
Why We Do What We Do:
Many children do not have the opportunity to discover the “joy” of skating and all of the important life skills–perseverance, confidence, teamwork and a sense of achievement to name but a few–associated with skating because of the prohibitive cost of ice time, skating instruction and equipment. Transportation is also often an issue.
Skating provides a unique combination of athleticism and artistry, and fills the gap between outdoor fall and spring after-school sports/activities. Studies have shown that kids who participate in sports and extracurricular activities not only improve their physical fitness but also outperform their peers academically.
Who We Serve:
We serve children ages 5 to 17 in the Providence metro area. Many Skate For Joy participants are minorities with low to moderate household income.
How We Are Funded:
Skate For Joy is funded by grants and private donations.
Our Community Partners:
Skate For Joy operates its after-school learn to skate and weekend synchronized skating team instruction at the Bank of America Skating Center, thanks to the ongoing generosity of the City of Providence, Department of Parks and Recreation. We partner with many schools and community service organizations throughout the city, including Paul Cuffee School and South Providence Neighborhood Ministries, providing a quality program for the children they serve, many of whom are at-risk. We also partner with several colleges and universities for our volunteer program.