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USFS, Prudential establish Prudential Skating Fund

Program to benefit underserved groups in figure skating
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Applications for the Prudential Skating Fund will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2013, and recipients will be announced in January. -U.S. Figure Skating

U.S. Figure Skating and Prudential Financial announced Friday the establishment of the Prudential Skating Fund. The mission of the $25,000 funding program is to provide financial support to eligible U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and/or programs that address social needs or directly benefit underserved groups and communities within the sport of figure skating.

With the help of Prudential, U.S. Figure Skating aims to meet the challenges of diversity within the sport of figure skating head on. Funds will be allocated to two qualifying clubs and/or programs in the United States to develop or enhance existing community-based programs and events that create opportunities that attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.

"U.S. Figure Skating is extremely proud to be launching this initiative with Prudential," U.S. Figure Skating executive director David Raith said. "We hope the awards via the Prudential Fund will make a positive impact on the sport of figure skating and youth in America."

The Prudential Fund will distribute awards to recipients in two categories for the 2013-14 season. A Building Block gift in the amount of $12,500 will be awarded to a new program or initiative that shares the mission of the Prudential Skating Fund. An Enrichment gift in the amount of $12,500 will be awarded to an existing or repeating project to allow for enhancement and/or increased participation in line with the mission of the Fund.

To be considered for a Prudential Skating Fund award, organizations must submit by email to U.S. Figure Skating a concise plan that outlines the mission of the organization and program it hopes to establish or build upon. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2013, and recipients will be announced in January. Organizations will be publicly recognized at a presentation at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January.

For more information and detailed application requirements, including eligibility requirements, timelines and how to submit an application, please click here

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