A non-profit organization whose purpose is to introduce inner-city youth to the sport of ice skating & present it as a safe, fun & challenging after school activity.
The program is run in conjunction with the San Francisco Unified School District and is supported by the San Francisco Redevelopment Authority, the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, and the City of San Francisco. Brian Boitano’s Youth Skate takes place at the Yerba Buena Ice Center in San Francisco during the school year.
The program includes:
- Participation by 60-100 students per session
- Ice skating lessons, equipment and admission
- Light snacks (Smuckers is providing Uncrustables to each participant during the 2009-2010 school year!)
- Complimentary t-shirts
- Question and answer sessions with the athletes & instructors
- Free Passes for a future skate rental and skating session
In addition, participating schools receive 10 copies of the book, “Boitano’s Edge” for their libraries, allowing the teachers to familiarize their students with the sport in advance.
The students receive instruction from top Bay Area instructors, among them, Brian Boitano, his coach Linda Leaver and Olympian Yvonne Gomez.
Schools and students are chosen by the San Francisco Superintendent of Schools office. The school age of the participants runs from 5th grade to 9th grade.
The program has been featured on the USA Network, Turner and San Francisco local television and newspapers.
Youth Skate News
Brian’s Youth Skate Program has received a Grant, which will be put to good use next year. We’ll have more details to share soon!
2013 Youth Skate Participant Comments
“Thank you very much for organizing and providing our students the opportunity to participate in the Youth Skate program. They all had a most enjoyable time at the event. For many of them, it was their very first opportunity on ice. For so many of our inner-city kids, this is quite a luxury to have. Thank you again for thinking of us!”
Pretzel Crisps support Youth Skate by providing their healthy snack to participating students.