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CEDAR CITY — Residents in Cedar City say they have been without an ice rink for five years, since one in St. George closed. But parents whose children play ice hockey and enjoy figure skating have created a nonprofit to raise money and hopes.
Even the city's youngest skaters and hockey players are eager to resume games, tournaments and competitions — but they have a home to compete in. Now parents have come together to form Kids On Ice, a nonprofit organization to spread the word and raise funds to build such a building
"The theme of Kids On Ice is: ‘Kids On Ice stay out of hot water,'" said John Crosier, vice president of Kids On Ice. "That provides a place for the kids to go, and the parents to know where those kids are going to be — in a safe, comfortable facility is our ultimate goal."
The group will have to raise $5.5 million to $6 million to build a facility that will serve the community's 54 children in the youth hockey program, 50 joining the figure skating program, and 40 players in the adult league year round.
"It's a good sport, because if you get hot (in the summer), it's cold there," said hockey player Joshua Ramsey.
Telling the kids they wouldn't have an ice rink for a second year was heartbreaking, said hockey mom Kerry Fain said. But she is confident their dream will become a reality.
"Everybody looks out for everyone else's kids," Fain said. "We work like a big, oversize family — sometimes a little dysfunctional, a few screws loose — but everybody gets along. And if something happens, everybody's up, everybody's on top of it. We're one large family."
For more information on how you can help Kids On Ice, visit the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KidsOnIce.