December Athlete of the Month – Braheim Al-Zinghi

School Day Adaptive Ice Skating Program

From October through March, students from 28 regional schools attend SABAH’s School Day Adaptive Ice Skating (SDAIS) program.  The program, which serves over 400 students challenged by disability, improves skills such as balance and coordination, gross motor skill development, and socialization.  Each week, busloads of students enthusiastically arrive at the Riverside Rink to participate in the curriculum based program.

While all of the young participants in the SDAIS make remarkable improvements throughout the season, SABAH’s instructors often notice a student who is especially diligent and hard working.  This year, 13 year old Braheim Al-Zinghi from City Honors, has made extraordinary efforts to move from his Rifton Walker to skating independently.  Just last week, Braheim conquered his fear and let go of his walker for the entire session.  As Braheim states, “I was a little tiny afraid, but I faced my fears and I don’t need the seat (walker) anymore.  And it will be alright.”  His positive attitude and courage have enabled Braheim to overcome many challenges and make tremendous progress in this season already.  Braheim has also become an inspirational role model for his fellow students, as they watch his persistent determination and work ethic.  For all of his efforts, SABAH is pleased to honor Braheim Al-Zinghi as SABAH’s December Athlete of the Month.