Gardens Figure Skating Club of Maryland is a proud member of the United States Figure Skating Association. Originally established as the Suburban Skating Club of Maryland in 1978, we were re-established in the year 2000 at our current home facility The Gardens Ice House of Laurel, Maryland. We are a volunteer run organization dedicated to promoting the sport of figure skating by encouraging practice, performance, competition and testing.
A Statement of Solidarity from the Gardens Figure Skating Club
The Gardens Figure Skating Club (GFSC) is committed to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and other organized non-violent, anti-racist activities that are currently being carried out to advocate positive change and equality for the treatment of all races within the United States. GFSC recognizes the need for change within the figure skating community. As such, we stand in solidarity with the Black community to work to create a more just and equitable environment for those who wish to participate in this ice sport. GFSC pledges to work toward improving the skating environment at The Gardens Ice House for all of our current and any potential members, and we will take the following actions to achieve this:
- We will continue to recruit and support skaters of color within our club, providing them with opportunities to thrive and grow within the sport.
- We will continue to work to create an inclusive and safe space for all skaters and provide educational resources to our club members and coaches.
- We will partner with organizations that serve the Black skating community, such as Diversify Ice, Black Girls Skate, and Figure Skating in Harlem, to enrich opportunities for skaters of color to enter into the sport and into all of the skating disciplines.
On Monday, June 15, US Figure Skating announced the formation of a working group that will focus on short and long-term Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. If you would like to be considered for this working group or would like to suggest someone, please email U.S. Figure Skating at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, June 23. The Gardens Figure Skating Club looks forward to supporting the important efforts of this workgroup and to bringing additional resources to our skating community.
We invite you, our club members and supporters, to continue to educate yourselves about ways that YOU can personally make a difference and stand against racial injustice. You can start by visiting https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ for educational and donation resources and consider donating to the NAACP.
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