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U.S. skater Mroz partners with StandUp For Kids

Current U.S. silver medalist to help homeless and street kids across the U.S.

Brandon Mroz finished ninth at the 2009 World Figure skating Championships in March.
Brandon Mroz finished ninth at the 2009 World Figure skating Championships in March. (Getty Images)

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(05/28/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. figure skater Brandon Mroz recently announced his partnership with StandUp For Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and street kids across the United States.

Mroz, the current U.S. men's silver medalist, was attracted to the program after meeting with the group's founder and CEO, Rick Koca, and learning about the organization's focus on creating a safe community for kids who otherwise might not have anywhere to turn.

"StandUp For Kids is personally relevant to me, as I know firsthand the importance of having a support system when your family isn't around," Mroz stated. "I moved to Colorado Springs from St. Louis on my own for my training and, as my family is back in Missouri, my skating friends have really become my second family. I'm looking forward to spreading the word about the wonderful community that StandUp For Kids creates for kids in need."

Koca said, "I was most impressed with Brandon, especially when he let me know that we wanted to speak up for kids on the streets -- kids that typically have no one speaking for them. I'm sure that he will inspire thousands of our kids."

StandUp For Kids focuses on both street outreach and deterrence and resource programs and was recently highlighted on The Celebrity Apprentice as Andrew Dice Clay's chosen charity.

Mroz is one of the brightest hopes for U.S. men's figure skating, winning silver at his first appearance as a senior at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships and finishing ninth in his debut at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles.