Figure Skating in Harlem is a program that combines free ice skating lessons and academics for girls living in the Harlem community. Last month, they held their "Soul on Ice" winter skating party at Lasker Rink in Central Park. Over 100 Figure Skating in Harlem girls mentored guests, gave pointers on the ice and showed us a sneak preview of their upcoming ice show in late March. Nearly 800 friends and supporters stopped by the event and at the end of the day, the Parents Association raised $38,764 in ticket and raffle sales and the bake sale! With the economy the way it is, what a wonderful effort by the parents who believe so strongly in the continued success of this program.
Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist, stopped by to show her support for the girls. Sarah has been involved with Figure Skating in Harlem for about ten years now and she loves the figure skating part (of course) and also that the program emphasizes academics as the path to success. I had a chance to chat with Sarah about the program and why she believes it has been successful year after year.**CLICK HERE TO SEE MY INTERVIEW WITH TANITH BELBIN, ICE DANCING CHAMPION, WHO ALSO ATTENDED THE FUNDRAISER**