Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena
WISH LIST: $100; essential hockey and speed skating accessories; $250: 12-week Learn to Skate sessions for 2 children; $1,000: 4 sessions for an entire class during the school year
Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena was formed in 1996 when the National Park Service nearly closed the only indoor public rink in DC and one of the only recreation sites in Ward 7. With poverty, violence, a lack of after-school options, and health problems like obesity to contend with, everyone knew the arena was not expendable—so FFDIA was created to transform the rink into a safe place for children to grow. Now, some 10,000 youngsters a year participate in the Kids On Ice program: beginners learn to skate, and the more adventurous take speed skating or compete on the popular ice hockey team. Intermediate and Advanced figure skating students are coached by a certified instructor and receive off-ice instruction in aerobics and dance. FFDIA also partners with nearby DC public schools for the Schools Skate for Fitness program, offering skating lessons as part of physical education, and free or reduced-fee ice time to area schools, summer camps, and youth groups. Please become a “friend”--and learn what a difference a little ice can make!
3779 Ely Place SE
Washington, DC 20019
202-584-5007 ext 10