The Grassroots Skaters’ Foundation is a non-profit organization that was formed to support the adult figure skating community in Alberta. We encourage and promote adults to get (and stay) involved in figure skating. With an age range of 18 – 83 years old, adult skaters jump, spin, ice dance and compete. They continually prove that age is a state of mind and are role models to young people everywhere as can be seen in a feature (see below) made about our group by Global Calgary.
With increasing ice costs, coaching, and competition fees, skating is becoming less accessible. The Grassroots Skaters’ Foundation raises funds and awareness for adult skating in Alberta. Our main means of fund raising is done through the ownership and operation of the Grassroots Deerfoot Farmers’ Market in Calgary. This outdoor market runs one day a week from June through to September and features great locally grown fresh produce and baked goods, BC fruits, organic foods, meats and seafood, as well as a variety of other superior products and crafts. The market has run very successfully and profitably for over 24 years. All of our proceeds go directly to the adult figure skating community to help reduce costs. Volunteer opportunities are available to earn skater credits, which can be used to help offset skating fees.
Contact Janneane Wutzke to learn more about the Grassroots Skaters’ Foundation.