With prominent landmarks such as the Prudential Center, Faneuil Hall, and the Freedom Trail, Boston is one of America’s most visited destinations. Full of gems and unique things to do, Boston also features a number of organizations that offer loads of fun for those looking to get out and try something new.
One of those organizations brings people together under one roof, training them become the best that they can be. I’m talking about The Skating Club of Boston.
“SCoB,” as members call it, is our home. It’s the place we go to everyday to fulfill our dreams of becoming the next big star in the world of figure skating. I can tell you from experience, this is no easy task.
I train with the Club’s high performance program, but skaters from all disciplines have joined the Club’s family to explore their passion. Our synchronized skating teams have received national recognition, and our Theatre On Ice teams have traveled internationally and rivaled the world’s top competitors.
The Club has athletes ranging from our learn-to-skate Skating Academy to our high performance athletes training for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
What does this mean for Boston? Unmatched entertainment, and a resonating sense of community.
The Club has hosted events in Massachusetts such as the 2009 Eastern Figure Skating Championships, the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, and most recently, the 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships.
We also have an annual show called Ice Chips featuring national, international, and Olympic medalists.
During the winter, the Club showcases its skaters at the annual Boston Common Tree Lighting (see lead photo).
Looking to the future, the Club is bringing the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to TD Garden, building a new state-of-the-art three-rink facility, and in 2016, hosting the World Figure Skating Championships for the first time ever in Massachusetts!
How can you participate now?
This fall, the Skating Club of Boston offers public skating for adults on Tuesday’s from 9:40 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., and for all ages on Saturday’s from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in our historic facility. The cost is $8 for adults, and $5 for youths (age 12 and under), with rental skates available for $4.
You can also head over to Boston’s Frog Pond located within Boston Common, which is managed by the Club in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Frog Pond offers year-round entertainment, including a carousel and free movie nights in the fall. In the winter, public skating, lessons, and free figure skating shows (I have been known to bust a move or two). Make sure to visit the Frog Pond website for specific details!
As a skater, I can tell you that being a part of this has brought me a tremendous amount of excitement. And sharing that excitement with Massachusetts has been extremely rewarding for the Club. Come watch us chase our dreams and find out why in Massachusetts, “It’s All Here.”
Jimmy Morgan (@HashtagJimmy) is a Competitive Pairs Figure Skater at The Skating Club of Boston, and a Senior at Boston University majoring in Public Relations.