The Figure Skating Diversity and Inclusion Alliance (FSDIA), established in June 2020, is a non-profit organization founded by a group of internationally competitive and professional figure skaters from different backgrounds and regions around the world. The mission of FSDIA is to foster a more diverse and inclusive figure skating environment worldwide through policy change, program development, and funding for the next generation of athletes.
Throughout history, segregation and racial injustice – through both official policy and implicit bias – have shaped the structure of our society, making it nearly impossible for people of color to occupy a space in the world of figure skating. Today racial bias, prejudice, and the wealth gap caused by systematic racism continue to manifest in our communities, alienating people of color from opportunities in all aspects of life, including the sport of figure skating. FSDIA recognizes how these factors contribute directly and indirectly to figure skating’s lack of representation and support of Black and brown people within the sport.
FSDIA members have pledged to create a space that welcomes, celebrates, and supports people of color in the sport of figure skating by:
· Inspiring national and international sports associations to change and create effective policies geared towards providing education, accountability, and equitable representation that supports diversity and inclusive environments.
· Providing mentorship programs and offering guidance for skaters and parents to navigate this highly intricate sport, allowing them to tap into a community of accomplished skaters and coaches of color to gain support throughout their journeys in figure skating.
· Showcasing and increasing representation of BIPOC skaters by highlighting their stories to uplift the next generation of athletes around the world. It is imperative for our communities to have role models and inspiration reflecting their different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
· Alleviating some of the financial strains that affect the accessibility of the sport. FSDIA will use some of its resources to offset skating-related fees that contribute to a skater’s success. The total cost to fund a skater’s career can range from $5,000—$50,000 per year depending on competitive level, with higher-level competitors spending upwards of $100,000 per year. We have seen and felt how these financial obstacles disproportionately affect people of color and can hinder skaters from achieving their highest potential in the sport that they love. We do not believe that a lack of funding should be a deciding factor in a skater’s career or deter them from experiencing the joy that figure skating can bring to their lives.
Our campaign goal is $100,000. Our organization will distribute the funds with the following percentage breakdowns:
+ Scholarships/Donations-- 50%
+ Admin -- 17%
Fundraising/Representation Initiatives-- 12.5%
Social Media-- 7%
Education, Programs, & Training-- 6.7%
Policy Change & Research-- 6.7%
Acknowledging that other organizations share our passion and have similar goals for the future of figure skating, we also plan to support the efforts of those that have been fighting to make an impact within their communities.
With your donations, FSDIA will continue to grow towards becoming an international non-profit organization. Join us in realizing our global vision of a future where BIPOC figure skaters feel supported and celebrated, where they can fulfill their potential, and most importantly, inspire others to do the same.
Please express your support through donations and by sharing our message.
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