#YearOfJoy party shows youth joys of skating

The little boy held out five fingers as he tried to balance himself. It was his first time on ice skates. He wobbled back and forth before finding a moment of steadiness. "I'm 5. I never done this before," he blurted, then smiled widely at me, as if he had mastered a kindergarten life skill, like tying shoes. "Thanks, lady. This is the best day of my life." Then he wobbled off in a hurry to take to the ice. The boy was one of 60 area children who attended the #YearOfJoy Holiday Ice Skating Party at the ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green last December. My idea was to share the experience of ice skating, a sport I grew up competing in, with children who might never have the opportunity to try it. It also was my first effort to give back in a big way. More

The little boy held out five fingers as he tried to balance himself.

It was his first time on ice skates. He wobbled back and forth before finding a moment of steadiness.

"I'm 5. I never done this before," he blurted, then smiled widely at me, as if he had mastered a kindergarten life skill, like tying shoes.

"Thanks, lady. This is the best day of my life." Then he wobbled off in a hurry to take to the ice.

The boy was one of 60 area children who attended the #YearOfJoy Holiday Ice Skating Party at the ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green last December.

My idea was to share the experience of ice skating, a sport I grew up competing in, with children who might never have the opportunity to try it. It also was my first effort to give back in a big way.

More