Many of the Winter Olympics’ unique ice sports, such as curling and speed skating, are activities few Hoosiers are well-versed in. But a partnership between Comcast and Indy Fuel Tank in Fishers want to change that.
For the first time, Comcast has sole sponsorship coverage for the Winter Olympics. Because of that, Comcast Public Relations Director Michael Wilson is organizing an event — Olympic Night on Ice — with Chad Hallett, general manager for Indy Fuel Tank in Fishers, to educate the public on Olympic ice sports, such as curling, figure skating, speed skating and hockey.
“When we (Comcast) found out we were able to do Olympic events and corporate-sponsor Olympic events, I started noodling toward what would be a fun activity. What could we do to engage the community?” Wilson said. “I determined I wanted to do a public event, bring in as many people as possible and profile as many ice sports as we could.”
In addition to demonstrations of each sport, local clubs Lil Nitros Hockey, Circle City Curling, Fishers Figure Skating Club and Indy Speed Skating will occupy booths at the event to provide information on their respective sports. Free burgers and hotdogs will be served, and an open skate will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Lil Nitros Hockey will play games for two hour. There also will be on-hour demonstrations each of speed skating, figure skating and curling. The Indy Twisters, a special needs hockey team, also will participate.
The event, including food, skates and ice time, is free and open to the public. In lieu of charging admission, the group will raise money for the U.S. Special Olympics throughout the event.
“The big thing is to show central Indiana that these ice sports are awesome,” Hallett said. “We have all these clubs. This is why I got so excited. My goal is if a little boy or girl shows up and says, ‘I want to speed skate or figure skate,’ that’s how we grow.”
Jeff Heck is a member of Circle City Curling, which is participating in Olympic Night on Ice. Curling, according to Heck, can be a sport for everyone. He said club member range in age from 12 to 80.
“It’s a game almost anyone can play. It’s a game for everybody,” Heck said. “It’s a fascinating sport.”
In addition to its recreational aspect, Heck said members have a chance to advance to the Olympics through Circle City Curling. He said they just have to win the right tournaments.
Besides the satisfaction of competing, ice sports create a sense of camaraderie for participants.
“A lot of these ice sports, the groups get so tight because they’re so passionate about their sports,” Hallett said. “The community amongst them is awesome. That’s what I like about it.”
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Attend Olympic Night on Ice
What: A free event showcasing ice sports with opportunities on how the public can get involved; an open skate; food and more.
When: 5 to 10 p.m., Feb. 13
Where: Fishers Fuel Tank, 9022 E. 126th St.
More: All donations benefit the U.S. Special Olympics.