Pelham invites the public to ‘Go out and skate’ – Shelby County Reporter
By MICHELLE LOVE | Personal editor
PELHAM- On Monday, January 24, Pelham Mayor Gary Waters declared Sunday, January 30, Get Out and Skate Day in celebration of National Skating Month.
Waters encouraged members of the public to attend the various programs offered by the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena through her figure skating lessons and public skate days.
“Not only does skating bring people of all skill sets together, but it also has great health benefits,” Waters said. “The American Heart Association has declared skating to be one of the best exercises for heart health, and the Pelham Skating School offers free exhibition of solo, group, ice theater skaters and free public lessons in skating and skating in honor of National Skating Month. at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena.
Families flocked to the arena last Sunday to warm up for the day’s skating and get out at the arena’s public skating hour.
Susie Gray, Principal of Pelham Skate School, said National Skate Month and Get Out and Skate Day invites people of all abilities to learn the basics of skating from professional instructors in a fun environment.
“Here’s the thing, so many opportunities come from figure skating,” Gray said. “Our skaters learn so much more than a beautiful sport. Our skaters learn to manage their time, are focused and learn to work hard. From an early age, they learn the lessons of winning and losing – and how important both are. »
National Skate Month, now in its 21st year, invites 750 member clubs and more than 1,000 registered Learn to Skate USA programs to reach new members in their area by offering a day of skating by professionally trained instructors across United States. From its inception in 2002 until 2005, the program was offered as National Skating Week, but was expanded to give clubs more time to promote the sport to new skaters in 2006. The Goal of National Skating Month is to increase awareness and participation in the USA Figure Skating and Learn to Skate USA programs.
The theme for National Skating Month 2022 is The next century of skating starts with YOU and features inspirational images and messages centered around success and participation in the sport of figure skating.
“Sports like figure skating are vital to the community,” Gray said. “Skaters of all ages, backgrounds and groups are welcome on the ice. We offer something for everyone. We even have parents who take lessons after their children have started so that they can do this sport together. We have several brothers and sisters who skate together, and it becomes like a second family. We run fun events for skaters and their families, like our Halloween Club Ice and Trunk or Treat and monthly Club Ice events run by the Birmingham Figure Skating Club Junior Board.
Pelham Skate School, in conjunction with the City of Pelham, Pelham Civic Complex, VenuWorks of Pelham, Birmingham Figure Skating Club, Learn to Skate USA and US Figure Skating is hosting a free exhibition of solo, group and ice theater skaters from 2:30-3:15 p.m., and free public skating and skating lessons from 3:30-5:15 p.m. in honor of National Skating Month on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena.
Check-in and registration begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. January 30.