Oswego Minor Hockey Association and Arc of Oswego County to host a free skating event

Hockey volunteers host children on the ice at the 2018 Skate and Slide event.

Event Caters to Children of All Abilities

OSWEGO — The Oswego Minor Hockey Association and Arc of Oswego County invite local families to the 11th annual “Skate and Slide” event.  Skate and Slide is a fun, free opportunity for children with disabilities to safely explore the ice with their families and local hockey volunteers.

The event is open to children and their families from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16, at Fort Ontario Rink (Crisafulli Rink) in Oswego. People of all abilities, especially those with developmental, physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities are invited to participate in this accessible time on the ice.

Families may sometimes hesitate to bring their children to a public place such as an ice rink because of accessibility issues, or fearing that a child’s inability to skate may disrupt the experience for other attendees. However, with this special event, parents and siblings can enjoy a fun time on the ice without worry. Volunteer hockey players will be available to guide children around the ice, whether they choose to skate, slide or simply walk or roll.

The hockey rink concession stand will be open to purchase snacks, and children with special dietary needs may take their own snacks. Ice skates are not required; snow boots and cold weather apparel are suggested. All children are required to wear a helmet, such as a bike helmet, while on the ice. A limited number of skates and helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To participate in the event, interested families should register by calling Arc of Oswego at 315-598-3108 ext. 228 by Friday.

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