Every skater has a story. Whether you got into skating in a unique way or pushed through a difficult time because of the sport, the ice provides a place to express yourself, escape, learn and develop confidence.
When Will Fowler stepped on the ice by himself for the first time, no one knew what to expect. The 8-year-old, afflicted with a disease that keeps him from developing muscle on the backs of his legs, has to wear braces to walk and can’t jump or bend his knees. But he was determined to skate.
Today, Will is chasing his dreams with the Nashville Jr. Sled Predators, traveling the country with his team and earning medals.
Texas native Alexandra Hicks skated into her teens until a serious illness forced her to take a step back from the ice. She missed it so badly that despite lingering pain, she got back on the ice and is gliding across the ice, defying odds and demonstrating true perseverance.
There are hundreds of stories, just like Will’s and Alexandra’s. What’s yours?
Share your inspiring skating story with us, and we may feature it on social media for 2021 National Skating Month! Here’s how to participate:
- Write a short paragraph of your inspirational story. It can be anything from how you got started, why you love skating, a Get Up story, etc.
- Find a photo that represents you as a skater.
- Email both items to email@example.com
- Look out for your story in January!
2021 National Skating Month is right around the corner. This year, we are celebrating 20 years of “Skate To Great!” Learn more at NationalSkatingMonth.com.