The "friends" succeeded not just in saving the only ice rink in DC, but also in creating a vibrant community resource in Ward 7. Today, FFDIA reaches more than 2,500 youth, many receiving free or subsidized lessons. And the benefits extend far beyond the ice. The arena is an incredibly diverse place for children to learn life lessons while having fun and creating relationships: they build self-confidence, self-esteem, character and a sense of accomplishment both on and off the ice. Group classes teach respect and responsibility; hockey teams build sportsmanship and collaboration; advanced figure skating helps young people grow in fitness and confidence. DCPS and PCS integrate skating into their physical education curriculum, while summer camps ensure that children have an engaging (and cool) destination. Become a friend, and learn what a difference a little ice can make!

Headquarters: DC-Ward 7

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-City of Alexandria; Ward 7

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: Our Schools Skate For Fitness program serves the entire DC Public School System

Awards & Recognition

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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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