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For some, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as strapping on skates and hitting the ice.
Sugar Land residents Jim O’Neill and B.L. Wylie agree that skating feels like freedom.
The two are also convinced that anyone should be able to go for a whirl on the ice regardless of physical or mental disabilities.
The duo has joined forces to offer the sport to those who otherwise might not even try it.
Every Saturday morning, Wylie leads “Skate Therapy” sessions – figure skating for people with physical and developmental disabilities – from 9-10:30 a.m. at Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center.
O’Neill leads sled hockey, a game in which players ride special sleds, from 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays at Ice Skate USA at Memorial City Mall.
Together, they’ve made ice skating a reality for many who face challenges doing it, and they hope to reach more.
“We’re open to anyone, anyone who wants to come out and give it a try,” O’Neill said. “The thing is to get people out on the ice.
“That’s what it’s all about – helping people forget about their disabilities. Everybody regardless of ability should give it a shot.”
“Gliding on ice gives joy to those with disabilities” By Lindsay Peyton Updated 7:47 am, Thursday, July 23, 2015
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