Ugly sweaters for a beautiful cause

SLIDEHow many chances do you get to win a prize for your ugly sweater?

Come to the Edora Pool Ice Center this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and wear your ugliest sweater. The CSU figure skating team is hosting their yearly ice-skating fundraiser and canned food drive, where supporters can skate with them.

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According to CSU Figure Skating President Francesca Tait, a junior double major in business and political science, refreshments will be provided and a dance-off is going to take place with prizes at stake, alongside the ugly sweater contest.

According to Tait, the proceeds from admission will go toward the club and the cans of food will be donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County. The team needs the money to fund their way to a January competition in Berkeley, Calif.

“We’re fourth out of 12 teams in the Pacific Coast region,” Tait said, “and we need to be in third to get to nationals. This competition could get us up to third.”

According to CSU Sport Clubs Assistant Director Aaron Harris, a paid coach trains the skaters when they practice at EPIC and they compete each year in regional events which range from Colorado to California.

The team has regularly done community service over the years, including a collaboration with the Fort Collins Figure Skating Club to help young figure skaters.

“The Figure Skating Club became a sports club in 2009,” Harris said. “Prior to that, the club was a recognized student organization through the SLiCE Office.”

According to Vice President Emma Caroli, a sophomore in social work, her emails with the Figure Skating Club President inspired her to join the CSU lineup.

“I’ve skated since I was four,” Caroli said. “I didn’t want to be part of anything too competitive.”

According to Caroli, this crew has been a great place for her to make friends she would not have normally met and develop her leadership skills, as well as improve her skating.

The entry fee is $10 per person and $8 for those who contribute canned goods.

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Collegian Entertainment Reporter Hunter Goddard can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.