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Michelle Kwan to co-host Skate for the Heart

Jordin Sparks, skating champions featured in event

Michelle Kwan is a past recipient of Women's Sports Foundation grant money.
Michelle Kwan is a past recipient of Women's Sports Foundation grant money. (Getty Images)

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(08/19/2009) - Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, is co-hosting Skate for the Heart, live at the Sears Centre on September 19 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Kwan, the two-time Olympian, five-time World Champion and nine-time U.S. National Champion and one of the most popular figure skaters of all time, will join skating legend Peggy Fleming in co-hosting this high-energy show that brings top music and figure skating talent together to raise awareness of heart disease.

Amidst the buzz of a potential return to competitive figure skating and a bid for the 2010 Olympic Games, Kwan recently announced her decision to continue her education and attend graduate school, pursuing a master's degree in international affairs.

Among her numerous honors and accomplishments, Kwan, in November 2006, was appointed an American Public Diplomacy Envoy by the U.S. Secretary of State. In this capacity Kwan travels the world and meets with young people to speak about leadership and engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues. In January 2009, Kwan was appointed to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, a group that advises President Obama on ways to promote regular physical activity to improve the health of all Americans.

Reigning world champion Evan Lysacek, 2009 ice dancing world silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, 2009 U.S. champions Alissa Czisny,Jeremy Abbott and 2009 U.S. pairs champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker are just a few contenders for the upcoming 2010 Winter Games featured in Disson Skating's Skate for the Heart, combining art and sport with live performances by Jordin Sparks and a stellar cast of music stars including Charice, Honor Society and KSM. Tickets range in price from $30 - $187 and are available at Sears Centre Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.dissonskating.com or www.searscentre.com for more information.