Green Skate Initiative
OES has started a new program called the Green Skate Initiative. It’s a program where more advanced and competitive skaters can recycle their old skates and blades. When skaters get new skates most of the time they go in the back of a closet and forgotten about. Skates that have gotten to broken down to safely perform jumps in or, blades that are just about out of the soft sharpen-able metal. The boots and blades may be junk to advanced or competitive skaters but to kids just starting out with skating these boots and blades are perfect for them.
When skaters, coaches, or skating clubs donate boots they are recycling boots and blades to skaters who desperately need them. From casual skaters to kids in the Learn to Skate program. With the economy being the way it is a lot of skaters and their families can’t afford to purchase new skates for skaters at the lower levels. Let’s face it skating isn’t the cheapest sport out there.
We believe that every kid and adult who wants to skate should have the opportunity to do so. Your old skates can give that opportunity to skaters who might not have it otherwise.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy the sport we all love. It doesn’t stop there. We are also working towards offering a scholarship program to skaters age 6 to 16. Where skaters that have an interest and show talent for skating can take advantage of skating at a reduced rate. Every child should have the opportunity even if the parents can’t pay full price for Learn to Skate. We are hoping to start the scholarship program sometime this spring.
Skaters, coaches, and skating clubs that donate to the Green Skate Initiative will be listed on the Green Skate page here on the OES Website. We thank you in advance for your donation and support of the Green Skate Initiative.
We had our first group out to the rink yesterday. One of the Bookcliff charter school was out with about 15 kids. It was really great to see kids out skating and having fun. It’s amazing how quickly kids can pick up and run with skating on synthetic. A lot of the kids where commenting it was easier to skate on our ice than on traditional ice. Great to see people coming out to Skate Green!