Figure Skating in Detroit (FSD) is hosting their “Second Annual Skating with the Stars Fundraiser,” in partnership with Downtown Detroit Partnership this Saturday, March 5 at Campus Martius Park.

FSD’s student athletes will perform three numbers with Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, figure-skating champion Starr Andrews, and Miss Michigan Teen 2020 Aneesa Sheik. 

This event will be their biggest fundraiser of the year with a goal to raise $20,000 to fund academic programs, ice time, field trips, uniforms and equipment.

FSD will also be honoring Kiko Davis Snoody with the Trailblazer Award at the event. Jerod Swallow will be honored for his lasting legacy in figure skating and continued support to the program.

Lori Ward, FSD’s executive director said, “The only reason you haven’t seen Black people on the ice is because we just needed the opportunity. We are full of natural born skill and ability to work on the ice.” 

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Figure Skating in Detroit is a nonprofit that combines academics and figure skating for girls 6–18 years old. Their Detroit chapter is the first and only one outside of New York City’s Figure Skating in Harlem. The organization has been changing the lives of young girls for 25 years.

Ward announced that FSD also partnered with Detroit public schools to provide skate clinics to young boys and girls. 

When Meryl Davis heard that the nonprofit wanted to expand five years ago, she advocated for Detroit, according to Ward. Ward added that not only has Detroit been on the rise for the last few years, but also that Michigan is a famous skating town.

“We have great ice and a lot of indoor rinks. In 2016, FSD opened their doors for enrollment and began their first programming in 2017,” Ward said.

In fact, Kameryn Everett, figure skater and coach for FSD, will be featured in the National Geographic documentary “Impact.” Launching on April 26, the series follows Gal Gadot and her husband searching the globe to find six inspiring women impacting their community. Kameryn and Figure Skating in Detroit will kick off the series with the episode “Icebreaker.”

Ward said that they want their girls to understand that figure skating is a discipline sport, and that what happens off the ice is equally important. So, FSD offers homework help, and tutoring for their athletes. And, FSD tracks their math, reading, and financial literacy.

Ward also stressed the importance of the arts. She said they have taken their girls to museums and opera houses; and to see the Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Alley, Misty Copeland.

FSD also offers the program GO FIT or Girls Off Ice Fitness Investment Training. This program exposes their athletes to art forms and exercises outside of skating like Zumba, kickboxing, African dance, barre, ballet, yoga, and meditation. 

According to Ward, they have started preparing their scholars for synchronizing and competitive teams.

Tickets for Skating with the Stars range from $15-$50 and can be purchased online here.

Learn more about the National Geographic documentary “Impact” here

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