October Athlete of the Month – Gabe Venditti

SABAH’s Athlete of the Month for October is the strong and ruggedly handsome, Gabe Venditti from the Niagara University program.  Although Gabe has a tough exterior, the 15 year old SABAH athlete is also one of SABAH’s most helpful participants.  Last year, along with his volunteer partner Harry Steinwald, Gabe took it upon himself to assist first year skater, Liam O’Donnell.  Gabe noticed that the 7 year old skater was taking his first steps on the ice and immediately came to his rescue.  He also enlisted Harry to help support Liam by positioning themselves on either side of the new SABAH athlete.  Together, they each took a hand and gently skated around the ice with Liam.

At just 15 years old, it might be hard to believe that Gabe has been with SABAH for 13 years.  But Gabe began in the Niagara University program when he was just two years old!  In Gabe’s earliest years with SABAH, he was a fun and feisty toddler who wavered between completely happy to completely resistant.  Yet, now as a young adult, Gabe is a delightful teenager who serves as a role model to his fellow participants in Niagara’s Group 1.  “Gabe has grown up so much over the years,” states Executive Director Sheila O’Brien. “He is now one of the most helpful and engaging participants at the Niagara Rink.  While he appears to be a tough young man on the outside, he has a very kind and compassionate side to him that already makes him a leader at the rink.”

SABAH continues to be grateful for Gabe’s hard work, commitment, and support for his fellow athletes in the Niagara program. In celebration of Gabe’s growth and dedication over the past 13 years, we are pleased to name him as the 2017 October Athlete of the Month.



Katie Mruk – September Athlete of the Month

Katie Mruk

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.


Summer Skates

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Summer Skates

$50 for the five week session or payable at $10 per week.

Register online or by calling 716-362-9600 for a form or with any questions.

This program is available for pre-registration only.
(It is important that you are registered so that your skates and the proper equipment will be at the rink ready for your arrival.)

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2017 Kickstock Photos


Ryan Koteras – August Athlete of the Month

Each week during the SABAH season, Ryan Koteras enthusiastically leads the warm up exercises for SABAH athletes and volunteers in Group 3.  A born leader, Ryan demonstrates the stretching routine for his fellow athletes in the advanced group and then eagerly practices his skating skills.   Although Ryan is only 10 years old, he began with SABAH when in 2010 when he was just 3 years old.  Since that time, Ryan has progressed from the beginning group to an independent skater in the most advanced group.  SABAH’s Director of Programming, Carrie Drabik, states, “Ryan has grown into a tremendous asset for Group 3.  His optimistic attitude and willingness to work hard have made him a positive role model for other athletes challenged by disability.”

Ryan has also become a talented hockey player in SABAH’s Adaptive Ice Hockey program.  Through his years of practice and hard work, Ryan was able to join the Adaptive Hockey program in 2013.  Even at his young age, Ryan finds great joy in playing hockey and has become a talented player in the program.

Ryan’s progress has been noticed by many, including his devoted family.  Ryan’s mom, Gina, states, “Ryan has become so confident in everything he does because of SABAH, from his classes in school to making friends. If there was one quote I could come up with from Ryan, I would have to say it is, ‘I got this, mom.  I got this.’  Thank you SABAH, and all of his helpers, for giving him that confidence.”    In honor of Ryan’s dedication and hard work over the past seven years, SABAH is very pleased to honor him as the August Athlete of the Month.


Summer Skates

$50 for the five week session or payable at $10 per week.

Register online or by calling 716-362-9600 for a form or with any questions.

This program is available for pre-registration only.
(It is important that you are registered so that your skates and the proper equipment will be at the rink ready for your arrival.)

REGISTER HERE


Summer Skates

$50 for the five week session or payable at $10 per week.

Register online or by calling 716-362-9600 for a form or with any questions.

This program is available for pre-registration only.
(It is important that you are registered so that your skates and the proper equipment will be at the rink ready for your arrival.)

REGISTER HERE