Grants for Highland Skating Club
on behalf of Christopher FreasSEATTLE, WA
The Highland Skating Club has its home at Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline, WA. Skaters join the Club in order to take tests and compete in United Figure Skating Events. The club is run entirely by volunteers--usually parents of skaters.
Recently, Highland Skating Club discovered $73,000 had been embezzled from the club's funds by the former treasurer. This was detailed by KIRO News here: KIRO News article
This loss means that there are no funds available to give grants to skaters who need financial help.
To off-set this horrible situation, we are raising money for two different grants that specifically benefit our skaters: the Skater Sportsman Fund and the Travel and Training Fund.
The Skater Sportsman’s Fund offers skaters an opportunity to earn monetary support for training ice, coaching, testing, boots and blades, skate sharpening, skating apparel, club uniforms and club ice. Applicants must be full and current members of the Highland Skating Club. All applicants must provide a Volunteer Involvement Worksheet showing a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to the Highland Skating Club between February 1, 2016-January 31, 2017. (Can we put in when the grant is distributed? Would that make sense?)
The Travel and Training Fund provides skaters competing at the 2017 [M1] Regionals, Sectionals or Nationals competitions an opportunity to earn monetary support for training ice, coaching, competition apparel, entry fees and competition travel costs. Applicants must be full and current members of the Highland Skating Club and submit a Volunteer Involvement Worksheet showing a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to the Highland Skating Club between February 1, 2016-January 31, 2017.
In addition to our solo competitive skaters who travel to Regionals, Sectionals, and Nationals competitions for figure skaters, we also have skaters on 4 teams (three synchronized skating teams and one Theatre on Ice team) that travel to the Sectionals and Nationals competitions held for their teams. These events are usually held in the Midwest and East Coast, making travel expensive for the skaters. The number of skaters eligible for this Travel and Training Fund is close to 30.
We sincerely appreciate your help. It has been very disappointing and painful to have to tell our skaters and their families that we are not able to offer this financial help this season. We are so thankful to the community for helping us find a way to offer financial aid opportunities to these families again.
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