Gliding Stars Annual Show is March 15, 2020

 The Gliding Stars annual show is March 15, 2020 2:30 pm at Tam-O-Shanter ice arena in Sylvania.

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at Tam-O-Shanter the day of the show.  

All funds raised from ticket sales go directly to the Gliding Stars, plus there will be raffles, program sales, and other opportunities to support the stars.  In addition to donations, the Gliding Stars are always on the lookout for new volunteers.

There are 32 stars, and each week the program needs about 40-50 volunteers to assist them on the ice.  Volunteers do receive training, and anyone interested who is at least 13 years of age is encouraged to apply. 

"We get more out of it than the stars do," says Sylvania's Bill Himmel, one of the founders of this chapter of Gliding Stars.  "You can be having a bad day, or any kind of day, and you just see the stars hit the ice and then you forget about everything else."

Gliding Stars is a national organization, originally based on a program started in Buffalo New York by Elizabeth O’Donnell in 1977, called “The Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped”.

click here for more information about the Toledo Area Gliding Stars or for volunteer information

About Gliding Stars

Through ice-skating, people can achieve the physical benefits of improved posture, fine and gross motor coordination, strengthened muscles and improved balance and coordination. A social and recreational activity, the instructional program also brings people with and without disabilities together in a team-oriented, helping environment. This develops increased confidence and social skills on the part of the skaters, which carries over positively into other areas of their lives. The achievement of progressive goals in this warm and emotionally supportive atmosphere creates a positive self-image that enhances the quality of life and the participant’s ability to succeed in other life situations.

The program is inclusive in terms of age, race, gender and ability. The ages of skaters range from 18 months to 73 years. Types of disabilities include, but are not limited to: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, sensory impairments including blindness and hearing impairments/deafness, learning disabilities, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, heart transplant, congenital myopathy, speech impairments, hemophilia, amputation, William’s Syndrome, cancer, scoliosis, down syndrome, autism, neurological impairments, congenital heart defects, epilepsy, seizure disorders, emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities. An overall average of 1.8 volunteers are engaged in assisting each skater in the program, creating a significant volunteer force that propels the organization in each local community.

A critical component of the Gliding Stars philosophy is to create an atmosphere of love and warmth, with caring, sensitive people in a fun environment.

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