About the Foundation


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The Professional Skaters Foundation (PSF) was founded to expand the educational opportunities of PSA members through a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable foundation. The trustees of the PSF have developed several scholarship programs for its members through a selection process based on established guidelines and criteria, and the Skaters’ Fund assists all coaches and performing skaters who need financial assistance due to sickness, disability or age.

Scholarships



The Don Laws Apprentice Scholarship

In memory Don Laws, the Trustees of the Professional Skaters Foundation are proud to offer the Don Laws Apprentice Scholarship. Three merit-based apprentice scholarships are available yearly, each intended for the reimbursement of direct expenses incurred for attending the PSA Apprentice Development Program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN. Direct expenses include travel to the program site, lodging, and meals. Awards are based on dedication to coaching, sound character and ethical practices. Applicants must hold a registered or higher rating in any discipline. The program focuses on development of coaching skills by allowing the apprentice to shadow master-rated coaches over the course of six days. Apprentices will have the opportunity to have one-on-one time with each mentor, as well as sit in on lessons. 


The David Shulman Leadership Scholarship

The PS Foundation is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing Mr. David Shulman as a key “builder” for the Professional Skaters Association as he served in many capacities for over 58 years. Mr. Shulman was a competitive skater, a volunteer, committee chair, PSA president, and general counsel for the PSA. The David Shulman Leadership Scholarship provides an opportunity for a PSA coach to develop leadership skills with the goal of enhancing PSA’s leadership depth.


The Walter and Irene Muehlbronner Scholarship

The Walter and Irene Muehlbronner Scholarship is available to PSA members for attendance at PSA education programs such as Ratings Prep, Seminars, Clinics, or the International Conference. Scholarships are intended for the reimbursement of associated fees to attend PSA education programs. Up to four scholarships are awarded annually of up to $1000 each. 


The Skaters' Fund

Founded by Coach Charles Fetter in 1998, The Skaters Fund assists all coaches and performing skaters who need financial assistance due to sickness, disability, or problems due to aging. Since its inception, The Skaters Fund has awarded over $150,000 in assistance to over 60 recipients. Charles Fetter passed in August of 2014 following a 12 year battle with cancer. Among his final wishes was that the Skaters Fund become a part of the PS Foundation and continue to provide assistance to coaches and performing skaters in need. His wishes became a reality when the fund was formally turned over to the PS Foundation at a ceremony at the 2015 Conference and Trade Show by his widow, Sandy Fetter. The Foundation is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and you may claim that you did not receive any goods or services in consideration, in whole or part, for your contribution.


The Building Fund

The Building Fund is an on-going project of the Foundation. We are proud to own the only building in the world dedicated to professional skaters. Our beautiful office and gallery are continually being upgraded and expanded to better serve the membership.

U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships


The U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships is presented by the Professional Skaters Association.

The objective of the championship strives to promote professional figure skating as an athletic as well as an artistic event.  It provides quality, wholesome entertainment for the entire family. While other professional competitions include skaters by invitation only, the U.S. Open gives all professional skaters a chance to perform and compete. It has provided a platform for many skaters to showcase their talent and advance their careers.

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History of the US Open

The U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships was sponsored by the Professional Skaters Guild of America, the precursor of the PSA. The first event was held in Philadelphia, PA, February 21-22, 1981 and featured some of the top skaters of the time—reigning World Professional Champion Scott Cramer, Stacey Smith & John Summers, and Sheryl Franks & Michael Botticelli. The top three finishers represented the U.S. at the World Professional Championships in Jaca, Spain.

The U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships was first shown on ESPN in 1988 and continued on until 1995 on CBS, USA, and TBS. In 1995, when the ISU introduced the ISU Champions Series—which would later change its name to the Grand Prix of Figure Skating—it was a severe blow to the long established pro competitions like the U.S. Open, the World Professional Ice Skating Championships, and a popular skating event from Candid Productions, The World Professional Championships.

In 2015, the Professional Skaters Association revived the U.S Open Professional Championships with spectacular performances at the Bloomington Ice Garden in Bloomington, Minnesota. Rallying around creativity, the new U.S. Open format attracts this generation’s stars and unknown stars…grassroots to Olympian collection of expressive performers who seek to invigorate fans, skaters, and PSA members through a platform that celebrates innovation and entertainment. Proceeds from the U.S. Open help support the PS Foundation, which was established to expand the educational opportunities of PSA membership and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable foundation.

The 2018 U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championship Winners:

Grand Champion
Jonathan Cassar 

Creative Visionary Award
Jason Graetz

The Skater’s Skater Award
Rohene Ward

Ground Breaker Award
Piercyn Hunt


The 2017 U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championship Winners:

Grand Champion
Jonathan Cassar  

Creative Visionary Award
Cordero Zuckerman

The Skater’s Skater Award
Kristen Nardozzi & Nick Traxler

Ground Breaker Award
Garrett Kling


The 2016 U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championship Winners:

Grand Champion
Rohene Ward  

Creative Visionary Award
Stephanie Chace Bass & Ashley Clark

The Skater’s Skater Award
Jonathan Cassar

Ground Breaker Award
Mauro Bruni

The 2015 U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championship Winners:

Grand Champion
Jodeyne Higgins & Sean Rice

Creative Visionary Award
Ice Cold Combos: Adam Blake, Taylor Blair, Shannon Brakke, Kate Charbonneau, Sarah Santee and Kyle Shropshire

The Skater’s Skater Award
Ryan Jahnke

Ground Breaker Award
Jonathan Cassar

The Olivia Clark Foundation Luminary Award
Ryan Jahnke

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2018-2019
Foundation Members

President
Carol Murphy

Vice President
Kelley Morris-Adair

Secretary
Gerry Lane

Treasurer
Scott McCoy

Board Members
Paul Wylie
Tim Covington
Carol Rossignol
Jill Maier-Collins
Patrick O’Neil

Trustee
Moira North
Richard Dwyer
Curtis McGraw Webster
Wayne Seybold
Cindy Geltz
Robbie Kaine