July 9, 2012

Special Skaters Program Community Involvement!!






Name of Organization or Cause *
Special Skaters Program
Dante Ricks* - National American Miss California Jr Teen


Total Hours Served* - 100 hours


The Oakland Ice Center's Special Skater Program invites people of all ages with mental or physical challenges to experience the freedom of skating -- with the help of chairs, wheelchairs and walkers. The Program helps skaters improve balance and coordination while also allowing them to have fun, meet new friends and gain a sense of accomplishment. Skaters ages 4 to adult join in on every Friday evening from 5:00 – 5:45 pm, for skating and games like mini Olympics, kite flying on the ice, and broomball. Ice sleds are also available for skaters with impaired lower-limb mobility.
Working both one-on-one and with groups.

 Dante Ricks is both a skate instructor and friend to special needs kids with disabilities from autism to cerebral palsy, who don't have a lot of opportunities for physical recreation. She helps them have fun and exercise and teaches good sportsmanship. Dante has worked in this program for her whole career on the ice. She says she's in it for the hugs and smiles.

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