Stars line up for third annual 'An Evening on Ice'
World champions Babilonia, Gardner host stellar skating cast
|Tai Babilonia will host "An Evening on Ice" with Randy Gardner. (courtesy of Tai Babilonia)|
In its third year, "An Evening on Ice" is a benefit fundraising event for the US Athletic Foundation's general fund, which supports top competitive skaters who have demonstrated financial need and have a track record of success -- but who do not have other funding avenues available to them. This year, skating legends Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner play host to an impressive cast that includes six Olympians, five world and junior world champions and 16 U.S. champions.
This year's cast includes:
Kimmie Meissner, Alissa Czisny, Rachael Flatt, Steven Cousins, Emily Hughes, Adam Rippon, Joshua Farris, Derrick Delmore, Shotaro Omori, Vincent Zhou, Polina Edmunds, Nicholas LaRoche, Leah Keiser, Tyler Pierce, Chelsea Liu and Devin Perini, Bebe Liang, Alex Johnson, Douglas Razzano, Jonathan Cassar, Team Fusion and Starr Andrews.
The US Athletic Foundation is a non-profit, donor funded organization that offers financial management services to nationally and internationally competitive figure skaters. The Foundation was envisioned by U.S. champion figure skater LaRoche -- himself a financially challenged athlete -- and his sister, Tricia. Working together, they created a training assistance fund to help promising athletes who are held back from their potential due to financial hardship.