Where To Skate
We are merging ice skating and therapy
Our Skate Therapy Programs provide special needs learners to use ice skating as a means to develop physical and social skills. The programs instill a sense of confidence and belonging in each skater and coach
Sugar Land Ice and Sports
We are currently active at Sugar Land Ice and Sports ( 16225 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479). Join us every Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.
Arctic Wolf Ice Center
400 Holleman Drive, East
College Station, TX 778040
If you are interested in starting a Skate Therapy Program at your local rink please contact B.L. Wylie at BL@STARskaters.org
We're Good With Numbers
Years of Experience
The idea for therapeutic skating began when Jim O’Neill founded STARskaters in 2008 with the purpose of providing an on-ice experience for individuals with disabilities. In 2009, he and other hockey players would give skating lessons to disabled youth on Saturday mornings at Sugar Land Ice Center (SLICE). On May 15th of 2010, he organized an event with ARC of Ft. Bend County, which is where he
first met B.L. Wylie who ran the Learn To Skate Classes at SLICE and had long had an interest in developing a program to teach disabled youth to skate. Not long after, Anthony Lo also had an interest in starting a class for his high school graduation project to teach student who couldn’t participate in the rinks current Learn To Skate program. With the expertise of B.L. Wylie’s volunteer instructors and modeling the program after US Figure Skating’s 14 level badge program, the Therapeutic Skating program began to take off. It was at a lunch on October 26, 2011 with B.L. Wylie that the name SkateTherapy was born. SkateTherapy.org was officially organized as another program to be offered, along with Sled
Hockey, under the STARskaters 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The first meeting of SkateTherapy.org included 5 students and 7 coaches, with keen interest
among all involved. The ensuing years have seen great growth, in all aspects, including enough coaches for each student to have a one to one relationship with a coach. The unsung heroes in this program are the pre-teen and teenage - college level Instruction staff!
“CONSTANT CARE FOR ALL, BY ALL’’ weighed on our minds along with our slogan,
“NEVER SAY NEVER” We know our jobs as hosts to a very special group of children and young adults! Each class session is very special to us, and we know our jobs take effort and energy! We look forward to meeting all interested parties for whom this program would be beneficial! We do let everyone who hears about us know we care about their interest, and we will help you take each step along the way to success! It starts with a visit to watch the program in progress, followed by a personal interview! WE WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY AS YOU LEARN TO ICE SKATE!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU!
B.L. WYLIE, SkateTherapy.org,
Our mission is to help those in need
" I have two children in the Skate Therapy program- Thai Do (12) and Tam Do (9). The program has helped them gain confidence and has helped them focus."
"My child Franchesca (32) has been a part of Skate Therapy for the past 8 years. It has helped her develop socially. When she is skating, she feels "free". As someone who is allergic to her own sweat, ice skating is one of the only ways she can exercise."
My daughter, Autumn (10), just started Skate Therapy in July 2018. She has become more organized and helpful. I would tell other parents to try the program because the instructors are nice and the program is affordable."
Please donate, so kids can skate.
Every week, lives are being changed on ice as U.S Figure Skating trained instructors provide the liberating experience of ice skating to our skaters with special needs.
Donations of any amount are needed, and 100% of your donations go to support our mission.
Here’s an example of what your donation means to our special skaters:
Your $25 donation sponsors one skater for our program.
2. Your $50 donation purchases special skater aids for our disabled skaters.
3. Your $100 donation purchases a pair of skates or protective equipment.
If you would like more information about how we use your donations, contact us at: donate@SkateTherapy.org
SkateTherapy is a Program of STARskaters.org a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
c/o Lilia Quintana, Secretary
P.O. Box 16434
Sugar Land, TX 77496