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Komperda's donation to help U.S. figure skaters

Intermediate, novice and junior athletes in need to receive aid

Hauff and Dreeland Foundation's gift will support U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program.
Hauff and Dreeland Foundation's gift will support U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. (courtesy U.S. Figure Skating)

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(09/15/2009) - Longtime friend of U.S. Figure Skating Joyce Komperda has made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund, which will provide funds to intermediate, novice and junior athletes who demonstrate financial need.

Komperda, of Menomonee Falls, Wis., began figure skating as a young girl in Milwaukee, Wis., when, after being diagnosed with asthma, her family doctor recommended to her parents that they seek a dry or cool climate for their daughter.

"My mother signed me up for skating lessons assuming the climate of the ice rink would be good for me, and the rest is history," Komperda said.

Komperda's love of figure skating and its personal benefits to young skaters motivated her to create the fund. After a successful and rewarding career at one of Wisconsin's most prestigious law firms, Komperda now spends her time judging U.S. Figure Skating competitions and resides between her two homes in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Minocqua, Wis.

"Joyce has been a good friend of U.S. Figure Skating for many years," said U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith. "Her decision to establish a fund to support our young skaters is just another example of the generosity and kindness that has marked her involvement with our sport."

To determine eligibility for the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund, athletes and their parents/guardians will be asked to complete a brief grant application. Those interested in learning more about the fund can contact Kevin Burns, senior director of development at U.S. Figure Skating, at 719.228.3479 or kburns@usfigureskatin.org.