September Athlete of the Month
SABAH’s Athlete of the Month for September is a true role model for individuals challenged by disability. Katie Mruk began skating with SABAH in 1993 when she was just 8 years old. Determined and dedicated, Katie has continually grown stronger and more capable as a SABAH athlete. Katie’s success is also largely due to the strong support and love she receives from her sister and volunteer instructor, Kristen. Each week, the close-knit sisters show up at the Northtown Center at Amherst to work on their skating skills and to enjoy the camaraderie and friendships they have made with their fellow Group 3 skaters. The popular pair enjoys their time together, but they also both encourage and support the other athletes in the Sunday morning program.
Katie’s dedication to SABAH doesn’t end with her participation as a SABAH athlete. After making tremendous progress with her skating skills over the years, Katie made the decision to give back to others challenged by disability by becoming a SABAH volunteer. Each week during the fall and winter, Katie volunteers for SABAH’s School Day Adaptive Ice Skating program. Along with her friends from ASPIRE, Katie provides valuable volunteer support for the children who attend SABAH’s School Day program. Katie continues to be a very kind and thoughtful volunteer who patiently helps teach children with special needs how to skate each Wednesday morning throughout the season.
Katie is also inspirational for her genuine enthusiasm for skating and, most especially, for the Celebration on Ice show. Her positive outlook and excitement are a tremendous encouragement for other athletes and volunteers. In honor of her commitment to SABAH for nearly 25 years, we are pleased to name Katie Mruk as the 2017 September Athlete of the Month.