Written by Michele Bernstein Siegel Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
A new bi-monthly therapeutic program, taking place at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink, began Tuesday, Feb. 5 and will run until the end of the ice skating season. The Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck School District and the Great Neck Figure Skating Club, started this skating program to allow students with special needs from Great Neck North Middle and High Schools to strive for excellence as they learn to believe in themselves.
Great Neck Figure Skating Club President Cindi Zubli was instrumental in getting this program off the ground. Additionally, the Park District board of commissioners granted permission for the group to use the ice, skates, special equipment, as well as provide park staff volunteers, at no extra cost. Park District rec aides Blaine Aronovitch and Paul Geurrera, rink manager Dan Marsala, skate guards Felicia Martinez and Rob Carson and Great Neck Park District Skate School instructors Claudia Sersanti and Maria Maria Xerakia have agreed to volunteer their time for these skaters.
For the 45-minute program, each child can stay out on the ice with a helper or on their own. Their first time out, some of the participants held on to cones for better balance and others skated like they had done it all their lives.