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Homeless Youth Live Out Ice Skating Dreams At Horton Square



    Hundreds of youth lined up for skates Saturday just outside NBC 7's studio, including some who are homeless. NBC 7's Matt Rascon spoke to the organization behind it and some of the happy ice skaters. (Published Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015)

    The Saturday after New Year’s Day was another busy day for Fantasy on Ice outside of NBC 7’s studio.

    Hundreds of youth, still on their holiday break, lined up again for skates. But for other kids, being on the ice was a fantasy turned into a reality.

    Project Rescue Party, an organization that reaches out to at-risk and homeless youth, paid the way for dozens of homeless kids and their families to skate up and hit the ice. An experience that would be the first for many.

    “We want homeless kids to not lose out on their opportunity of a childhood,” said Brett Matson, founder of Project Rescue Party. “We believe that opportunities like this give them their childhood back.”

    “It's an experience, a new experience, because they've never been. They don’t do things like this,” one homeless mother said of her kids’ first time on the ice.

    For people like her and her kids, the slick rink takes some getting used to. “It was really fun, you just have to make sure you have the right shoe size and it’s tight,” said Mickayla, one of several kids who found out what it feels like to fall over several times.