Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators and Olympic figure skating Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton announced today the formation of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at Ford Ice Center. Hamilton will serve as an active principal in the Academy, helping develop the curriculum and hire a skating director at the facility, a process that has already begun.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to develop a unique, best-in-class skating program with a world-class individual,” Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker said. “Scott’s ability to give back to the community while creating fun, active, innovative ways to get kids and adults on the ice will be a great asset to the new Ford Ice Center.”
In his role, Hamilton will develop programming for the learn-to-skate and figure skating curriculums at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, in addition to utilizing his extensive knowledge and connections within the sport to recruit skating competitions, instructors, guests and staff members.
“This is an opportunity to create something special in my hometown, with an organization I respect and in a sport that has given me so much and I am extremely passionate about,” Hamilton said. “I look forward to working closely with the Predators and the recreational/figure skating community to elevate the sport’s standing in Middle Tennessee.”
A longtime Franklin, Tenn., resident and Nashville Predators season-ticket holder for the past eight seasons, Hamilton claimed Gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and won four consecutive World and U.S. Figure Skating Championships from 1981-84. He was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990 and from 1986-2001 performed and co-produced Stars On Ice, America’s premier figure skating tour, which he helped found.
A cancer survivor and active philanthropist, Hamilton serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics, is active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, serves as an official spokesperson for his own C.A.R.E.S. Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as for Target House at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Hamilton has authored two books – a New York Times best-selling autobiography Landing It, and the inspirational The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable), which he co-authored with hockey-playing journalist Ken Baker. He recently completed his seventh Olympic Winter Games as a figure skating analyst for NBC. You can follow him on Twitter: @ScottHamilton84.
Scheduled to open in August 2014, the Ford Ice Center is a component of a public-private partnership between the Nashville Predators and Metro Nashville Government that will help continue the growth of hockey and all forms of recreational skating in Middle Tennessee. For more information on the new Ford Ice Center, please visit FordIceCenter.com.