SOURCE: Penn's Landing Corporation

December 18, 2007 12:36 ET

Good Skates Program: A Unique Partnership Between Philadelphia School District and the Blue Cross RiverRink Continues for the 14th Year

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - Since its creation, community service has always been an integral component of Penn's Landing Corporation's Blue Cross RiverRink. Highlighting Penn's Landing's outreach efforts is the "Good Skates" Program which provides free intensive instructional skating lessons for school children in the School District in Philadelphia. In fact, "Good Skates" has been credited by the physical education department as one of the best extracurricular athletic programs ever provided to the School District of Philadelphia.

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing, located at Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, will host 120 middle school students in the "Good Skates" program, which has become so popular that the School District developed a lottery system to select schools. To be eligible, each school completes an application submitted to the School District of Philadelphia. Those schools selected receive free enrollment in the three-week "Good Skates" program, which includes 1/2 hour skating lesson with professional instruction and one-hour practice time and free skating. Six classes averaging around 40 kids participate in each of the three-week sessions. Skating instructions and admission is complimentary and skate rentals are included. The schools will attend on Thursday mornings from 9:45-11:30 a.m.

The following are the confirmed dates for the 2007-2008 Good Skates Program:


--  January 17, 2008 - Sheppard Elementary
--  January 24, 2008 - Willard Elementary
--  January 31, 2008 - Elkin Elementary

Make up February 7, 2008

"We are very proud to provide such a great opportunity for students in the Philadelphia public schools," said Joseph Brooks, acting president of Penn's Landing Corporation. "Not only is it fun and a break from regular school lessons, but is also an excellent opportunity for students to learn a terrific sports activity they can enjoy their entire lives."

Independence Blue Cross is the founding and presenting sponsor of the Blue Cross RiverRink. Other Sponsors include: Commerce Bank, the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, NBC 10, the Bulletin Newspaper, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's only outdoor public ice rink, is located on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street. For more information on skating sessions, ice skating lessons, birthday parties or private receptions, please call 215.925.RINK or visit