UCLA Figure Skating's Journey to the 2019 Nationals
The UCLA Figure Skating team is a student–run club sports organization founded in 2012. While we are relatively young, we have seen remarkable success and growth in our team in the past 7 years.
Throughout these years, we have become nationally ranked and formally recognized by US Figure Skating by the hard work of our growing number of skaters, competing in events throughout a plethora of levels in freestyle and solo ice dance. We are a part of the Pacific Coast Section, and compete in three competitions every season in hopes of finishing in the top 4 of our section to qualify for the US Intercollegiate Nationals. While we face hindrance in our training due to not having an official coach or ice arena, it has allowed our skaters to create a familial bond among each other, encouraging and helping each other whenever needed whether on or off the ice.
Our team has worked greatly towards many successes including finishing top 5 in the nation in 2014 and 2017, and being the 2017 Pacific Coast Section Champion.
Training for figure skating is already extremely grueling – as figure skating practices are always early in the morning from 6–8am and our skaters practice at least 3 days a week. Not only so, but even the closest rink to UCLA is quite far, making the trip quite expensive since public transportation does not efficiently reach there. We pay for these expenses out of our own pocket, and rely on our members’ dues for fees towards competitions.
Additionally, this year we have (once again) qualified for Nationals! However, it is located in Delaware, placing a huge burden on our skaters with the expensive flight tickets across the country. We will also need to pay for housing for our 20 skaters attending the championships, and in our efforts to compete against the much larger teams, most of our skaters will be competing multiple events and paying just as much in event fees.
Because we would like all of our eligible skaters to attend Nationals in Delaware, we will need help in providing financial support to reduce the costs that our skaters will all individually have to pay. We ask for your aid in alleviating the burden of these large payments on our skaters. Through our previous SPARK campaign, we raised $2,708, and the amazing help of our donors went towards our skaters’ journey towards the 2017 Nationals, in which we placed top 5! This time, we have set a goal of $5,000, and we would greatly appreciate help towards our journey to this year’s nationals as well. Here is a visual breakdown of where your funding will go:
Our team promotes sportsmanship, teamwork, and community in ways that benefit our skaters beyond skating. Your funding will not only help the members of our team get to Nationals, we will ensure to build upon our previous achievements. Through this experience, relationships will grow stronger, more opportunities will be presented, and a stronger community will be established, evolving into a team that will continue to grow and work towards our ultimate goal – to become National medalists. Your donations will be the building blocks of our success, and we will appreciate any amount at which you wish to donate as anything helps!
"UCLA figure skating has really defined my time as a college student. It's been my refuge and my best support system, while competitions are always the best bonding experience. I couldn't ask for a better team to be part of!"
"Joining UCLA Figure Skating was the best decision I've made! I love the community and it's really allowed me to continue my lifelong hobby in figure skating even in college!"
"Joining UCLA Figure Skating has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in college! Growing up, Figure Skating was a huge part of my life; though I saw Figure Skating as an individual sport and I often times felt lonely/unsupported. However, This team has given me such a loving and tight knit community full of energy and spirit! The past few years our team has experienced tremendous growth and we are so pleased to represent UCLA at the 2019 Intercollegiate Figure Skating Championships in Delaware in April!"