Adaptive ice skating programs

Learn about adaptive ice skating programs offered November through March.

The Universal Access Program offers adaptive skating programs each winter. You can lace up a pair of conventional skates or glide around the ice in your manual or power wheelchair. Ice sleds are also available to use. In a sled, you can push yourself with small hockey sticks or be pushed around the rink by a friend. Spin, slide, race, slalom, and play gently competitive games. Activities on the ice include obstacle courses, a tower of blocks for building up and crashing down, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, power chair games, and gently competitive hockey matches.

Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers, and ice skates are available at our programs. Admission and equipment are provided free of cost, but you have to pre-register with the providing organization. Skaters must fill out a release form and meet our essential eligibility criteria for ice skating programs.

Our next skating season will begin in November 2019. If you'd like to sign up be notified of upcoming skating dates, please email us.

A large group of young adult skaters is on the ice in front of a hockey net. Some skaters are using skate walkers, some skaters are using ice sleds, and one skater is using a walker with a harness.
You can enjoy the ice in many ways at an adaptive skating program!

Skating in summer social in east Boston

Two men are standing in front of a table with food on it. The man on the left is holding a hamburger in tongs, and the man on the right is holding a hot dog. The tablecloth reads FMC ICE SPORTS.

Join us for our annual summer skating cookout on Wednesday, August 89th from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Porrazzo Rink in East Boston. We'll be skating and playing games on the ice and grilling burgers and hot dogs outside. This beautiful skating rink is located on Constitution Beach, which has beach wheelchairs and beach mat for you to use. You can enjoy the beach and warm up after skating.

There is no cost to attend the program, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, call the Universal Access Program at (857) 260-1519 or email laila.soleimani@state.ma.us

Seasonal adaptive skating locations

Our adaptive skating programs run from November through March each year. Below, you'll see the rinks where you can usually find us, though this schedule is subject to change. Check back in November to see the schedule for the 2019-2020 season. If you'd like to sign up be notified of upcoming skating dates, please email us.

East Boston

Porrazzo Memorial Rink, Tuesdays once a month, 11:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

Fall River

Arthur R. Driscoll Memorial Rink, Wednesdays twice a season, 11 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

Holyoke

Henry J. Fitzpatrick Rink, Sundays once a month, 1 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

Worcester

Charles J. Buffone Rink, Thursdays twice a season, 10 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Additional Resources for

Seasonal assisted public skating

This adaptive skating program takes place during public skating on a separate section of the rink. Ice sleds, skate walkers, and ice skates are available. There is no cost to attend the program, but pre-registration is required. Check back in November to see the schedule for the 2019-2020 season. If you'd like to sign up be notified of upcoming skating dates, please email us.

Brockton

John G. Asiaf Memorial Rink, Every other Sunday: 1pm–2:50pm

Seasonal sled hockey

Play sled hockey September through March with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) at DCR's Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett and DCR's Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink in Charlestown. Practices include skills training and games while ensuring age appropriate instruction and play.

To learn about the 2019–2020 season, visit the SASC online calendar, call (877) 976-7272, or email spauldingadaptivesports@partners.org.

A sled hockey player wearing a mask and padding leans over to shoot a puck.
Photo by Karen Anderson.

 

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