College & Community Relations

Aims and the Greeley Ice Haus skate into the national spotlight

Submitted on: 11-12-2009

Aims Community College and the Greeley Ice Haus are featured as a model for community collaboration in the October issue of Skating magazine. The official publication of U.S. Figure Skating cites the Aims Ice Skating and Ice Hockey courses, which are held at the Ice Haus, as a great way to get more college-aged students involved in ice sports. Ice Haus Skating Director Kristin Hoort and Aims Physical Education Program Coordinator Laura Willoughby collaborated to develop curricula and syllabi for the new courses. "We don't have an ice rink on campus, so it's a great opportunity for the college and the city to work together to bring more offerings to our students," Willoughby said. "And it's a heck of a deal." Hoort said she was looking for a way to spread the love of skating to more people in Northern Colorado. "Skating is a sport people can do their entire lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle," she said. "I wanted to find a way to bring more people to the sport." Hoort said the courses are taught at the individual skill level of each student. "It's not a competitive class, it's just recreational fun for the enjoyment of skating," she said. "We have students who have years and years of skating experience and people who have never even skated before. Everyone has fun and gets the physical workout they need." Starting Jan. 12, the Ice Hockey and Ice Skating classes meet for 12 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Ice Haus, 900 8th Ave. Equipment is provided, and students who take the course are also provided membership to U.S. Figure Skating. For more information on Skating magazine, visit For more information on the Greeley Ice Haus, visit

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