Adaptive Edge Skating

Adaptive Edge Skating School at the Adirondack Bank Center is a person-centered approach to ice skating for children ages 2 to 16 years who exhibit physical, communication and/or cognitive challenges which may impede their ability to belong to a traditional skating club.  The program is designed to achieve success in ice skating by having coaches and volunteers work directly with each skater to facilitate his or her ability to enjoy a skating sport.  With a customized program for each child, the program will also encourage social skills, self-confidence and ultimately serve as a feeder program to community skating clubs.


The program is led by Courtney Gouger, a former figure skater and currently a speech/language pathologist working with children. The program includes coaches and volunteers who are trained to work directly with each skater, adapting instruction and learning pace to each child, making sure each skater is learning skills and enjoying the sport.

The program consists of two skating sessions, one from October to December and the second from January to March.


If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Adaptive Edge Skater, or becoming a volunteer, please email samanthabentley@uticacomets.com. You will then receive details about the program, including the application process.

Coaching Staff

Adaptive Edge Skating School is led by certified ISI (Ice Sports Industry) coaches, Courtney Gouger, who is also a speech/language pathologist, and Samantha Bentley. In addition to coaches, the program will incorporate volunteers who are skilled in skating, and knowledgeable about working with children with developmental or cognitive delays.  Several of the volunteers are also physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists.