After their daughter, Lily, participated in Gliding Stars, a skating program for young people with physical and cognitive challenges, Bill and Terri Himmel decided to start a chapter in their hometown of Toledo. While maintaining two full-time jobs, Bill and Terri arranged for ice time, recruited volunteers, and invited young adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges to learn to skate.
Raising money for ice time, equipment and other needs, the Himmels grew the program to include 40 skaters, each assigned one or two volunteers. The program, now in its 10th year, continued after their daughter’s passing. Focusing on skating, the participants overcome fear, build self-confidence, meet friends and have the time of their lives.