Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (FFDIA) is a nonprofit organization established in 1996 to rescue the Fort Dupont Ice Rink in Southeast Washington, DC from closure. FFDIA revitalized the arena and now operates the facility, providing a traditionally underserved neighborhood with an NHL size ice rink, recreational and cultural activities, skating instruction and regular physical education programming for District schools. The Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington, DC and the only skating facility in the region that provides free skating programs to disadvantaged children. Over 2,500 DC area youth skate in our programs each year, many participating in ongoing lessons throughout the year. Each year over 1,000 children skate during school hours as a component of physical education classes, or during summer programming through partnerships with local schools and non-profit organizations. In addition, over 300 children and youth participate in basic skating instruction on Saturdays. FFDIA also operates advanced skating instruction for youth; over 150 skaters participate in weekly synchronized skating, advanced figure skating, ice hockey, and/or speed skating instruction. KOI programs encourage children to achieve a more fitness oriented lifestyle while learning a new healthy activity. Experienced volunteer instructors teach the lessons in which skaters work 8 levels of basic skating curriculum. Instruction teaches students the techniques of recreational skating, builds self-confidence, and improves overall fitness.