'Fever on Ice' nominated for Pepsi grant
Gregory-Petukhov not-for-profit combines ice skating, academics
|Melissa Gregory (right) received the USOC Rings of Gold award in 2010. (courtesy of Gregory and Petukhov)|
Founded by four-time U.S. ice dance silver medalists and 2006 Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov in 2009, Fever on Ice combines ice skating instruction with academics with the goal of fostering cultural diversity and relationship-building skills.
The program reaches more than 100 middle school students in Portland, Ore., and Hartford, Conn.
"We want to take Fever on Ice to more schools and communities," Gregory said, "to help introduce figure skating to those who otherwise would not have the opportunity to explore the sport. We've had to turn some kids away and that really hurts."
To help put more inner-city youngsters on the ice, text your vote to: 73774 and write in the message body: 109998.
You can also vote online at www.refresheverything.com/feveronice. Voting ends Nov. 30.
Participants in the program are given homework assignments in addition to skating lessons. Instruction and ice time at the Koeppel Community Sports Center at Trinity College are provided free of charge due to a two-year grant from the Hartford Board of Education and the State of Connecticut Department of Education.
This March, the participants were showcased in the "Proud Nation" show in Simsbury, Conn., along with Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill and two-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott. A portion of the ticket sales went to the McKinney Homeless Shelter in Hartford, Conn., a charity chosen by the Fever on Ice students.
Fever on Ice's unique approach has been recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Olympic fans throughout the country. In September, fans voting on Facebook lifted the program to a $12,000 grand prize Team USA grant.
In 2010, Gregory was recognized by the USOC with a Rings of Gold award for her work, the first figure skater ever so honored.