Help Collegiate Reach Nationals in

Colorado Springs, CO

We are the Chesapeake Captains, a synchronized skating team with members from universities and colleges around the state.  Our 14 skaters are all full-time students from the University of Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Capital College, Anne Arundel Community College, Harford Community College, Carroll Community College, Loyola and Washington College.   Synchronized skating requires all the athletes to perform complex and difficult patterns on the ice while interpreting music to a choreographed routine.  This is the first year for the Chesapeake Captains and the collegiate level is one of the most competitive and difficult levels in the entire country.

 

The Chesapeake Captains is one of only two teams in the country competing at the collegiate level that is not affiliated with a single college or university.  As such, our members are responsible for covering all their expenses including ice time, dresses, coaching, travel, and competition fees.  Several of our members are working through college to pay for skating.  We have only been able to afford ice time that is shared with another team, once per week throughout the season. 

 

This past weekend we competed in the Eastern Sectional Championships at Hershey, PA.   We competed against teams from Cornell, University of Boston, University of Massachusetts, University of Delaware, Oswego State, University of New Hampshire and Team Excel out of Boston.   Some of these teams have been competing for more than a decade and skate up to 4 hours every day.  We held our heads up high, worked as a team and medaled. Against the odds, we qualified for the National Championships!

 

This year the U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championship is in Colorado Springs, CO from February 26 to March 1, 2014. We are faced with the challenge of funding additional team practices before the competition as well as the expenses involved in our entire team traveling to Colorado for the competition.  As full-time college students, this task becomes even more daunting as we continue to meet our college expenses of tuition, housing, books, meals, etc.

 

We have all grown up watching the most talented skaters competing at national competitions and hold them as true role models in our lives and now we have secured that destiny for ourselves.  We are asking for any monetary assistance you are able to give us to aid our team in our journey to Nationals in Colorado. Any donation to our team is tax deductible up to $500. Your contribution will allow 14 college students to reach their dream of competing at a national competition.  Any amount that you can give will help.