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The only Memphis, Tennessee ice rink closed about two years ago because it was located inside of a mall that was closed and torn down. Currently, local figure skaters and ice hockey players are traveling to the nearest rinks (some 2-4 hours away) for practice ice. There is a local hockey team that makes its home at a civic center in the area which graciously offers ice time during the hockey season. However, it is hard to keep programs going year after year with only seasonal ice. So, we are needing funds to go toward our building a new rink as well as funds to help continue the programs we offer to the community on this seasonal basis until we are able to complete construction on a new year round facility.
I grew up learning to skate in Memphis, Tennessee. I live in a suburb of Memphis over the stateline in Mississippi. I trained for a year in Little Rock, Arkansas. Then moved on to train at the world famous Broadmoor World Arena along side world class skaters and coaches. I was there for about 3 years. I move home to the Memphis area when I was 16 years old due to injuries in my feet and ankles. I did competitive cheerleading for a year in high school. It just was not my passion. I wanted to skate again, but became ill after training hard for the regional competition my senior year of high school. I went to college, very frustrated with my skating dreams, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a Bachelors degree in French. After college, I began working at a local Memphis CPA firm. After work I began to skate once or twice a week. I was asked to coach, and of course, once again, I fell in love with it all over again.
Currently, I work at a local CPA firm, figure skate as often as possible, and coach part-time seasonally. I am trying to raise funds to build a new facility for the ice sports athletes in the area. I am also working on finding sponsors to cover some or all of the seasonal ice rental expenses for our local skaters until a permanent facility can be built.