An Amazing Adaptive Sports Program

dorothyCollageI just learned about a fantastic ice-skating program for children with disabilities. It’s called I-Skate, and it was developed at the wonderful Kennedy Krieger Institute with help from Olympic skating champion Dorothy Hamill. I-Skate teaches children who have all kinds of challenges—some have conditions like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy; others are cancer survivors; others have missing limbs—to feel comfortable on the ice. Throughout the four- to five-month course, the children, who range in age from 5 to 18, reap the health benefits of being active. They get the much-needed psychological boost that comes from mastering a skill. And perhaps most importantly, they form friendships with other children. The latest session wraps up at the end of the month and the children will celebrate with a performance for their family and friends.

We at Parents are big fans of anything that helps kids feel included, especially programs as innovative as this, so I-Skate gets a gold medal in our book. You can find out more or help support its efforts here.

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  1. by Melissa Taylor

    On March 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    this is great to know about – especially since funding for Special Olympics isn’t looking good. Thanks, Kara.

  2. by Zoe Matthews

    On May 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    It is good sleeping in a heal skin.