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Johnson Ice Hockey Players Volunteer as Athlete-Instructors for Special Olympics
12/21/2018 1:51 PM

ROSELLE, NJ – Hockey Players from the Arthur L. Johnson Ice Hockey team volunteered to help Special Olympics New Jersey athletes learn skating skills.  The ALJ players participated in the inaugural year of The Learn to Skate program on Friday nights from October 26 through November 30 at Warinanco Rink. 

The goal of the SONJ program was to build a relationship with the skating comm unity to help educate and promote the activity as an accessible option for people with disabilities. 

Over a five-week period ALJ athletes worked with the same SONJ partner to help build a relationship, along with trust and consistency. Prior to the start of the program, the instructors were trained on a list of skating skillsets adapted from Learn to Skate USA, which they used during the hour session each week. 

After each session, the volunteers took time to track the SONJ athlete’s progress on individualized evaluation sheets to understand what was needed to work on in future lessons.  Parents watching the program unfold over the course of several weeks said it was easy to see the respect and the desire to do well grow in both the instructors and their students. 

According to the SONJ website, volunteers have the opportunity to make a genuine impact and learn more about themselves. Special Olympics New Jersey relies on thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and enthusiasm to making the world a more accepting and inclusive place.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering for Learn to Skate in the future please visit: www.sonj.org.


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