U.S. Figure Skating announced the Columbine Figure Skating Club (Arvada, Co.) and the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) as the 2018 recipients of awards made through the Prudential Skating Fund.
The Fund, established by U.S. Figure Skating and Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), in 2013, provides $25,000 in financial support to eligible U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and/or programs that are addressing social needs or directly benefiting underserved groups and communities within the sport of figure skating.
"Participation in athletics, music, and the arts can benefit people of all ages by developing both grit and grace. The beauty of figure skating is that it provides benefits not just through exercise but also through music, dance and fun," said Niharika Shah, vice president and head of Brand Marketing and Advertising, Prudential Financial, Inc. "We are proud to support U.S. Figure Skating and to bring this artful sport to more people in more communities."
— Prudential (@Prudential) January 8, 2018
The Columbine Figure Skating Club (CFSC) will receive the Building Block award in the amount of $15,000. The Building Block gift is awarded annually to a new program or initiative that shares the mission of the Prudential Skating Fund. The CFSC, a volunteer-based organization, will use the award to build an inclusive skating program for the deaf and hearing-impaired community through a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Deaf School and other local support institutions. The program will assist to eliminate barriers and create recreational opportunities for skaters with disabilities.
The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy (SHSA) will receive the Enrichment award in the amount of $10,000. The purpose of this gift is to provide funding that will allow for significant enhancements and/or increased participation to an existing or repeating project that shares the mission of the Prudential Skating Fund.
SHSA will use the awarded funds to expand their programming through Learn to Skate USA, powered by Toyota, developing a curriculum for individuals with mental health challenges. The program will work closely with Scott Hamilton's All Stars and the Nashville Predators Organization to provide additional benefits for program participants and their families.
With the help of Prudential, U.S. Figure Skating aims to meet the challenges of increasing diversity within the sport of figure skating through the Prudential Skating Fund. Funds are allocated annually to two qualifying clubs and/or programs in the U.S. to develop or enhance existing community-based programs and events that create opportunities that attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.
To be considered for a Prudential Skating Fund gift, organizations were asked to submit to U.S. Figure Skating a brief plan that outlined the mission of the organization and program it hoped to establish or build upon. This year's award-winning organizations will be publicly recognized at a presentation today at the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif.
For more information and detailed application requirements, including eligibility requirements, timelines and how to apply for future awards, please click here.