Skate for Sarah

FREE Basic Inline Skate Lesson     “Keep the Rubber on the Road”

Robichon’s will be teaching year-round free inline skate lessons with an annual benefit in exchange for donations to Operation Smile, an organization our former student and instructor, Sarah Gutknecht volunteered her services to as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

In March 2016 Sarah was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.   After a courageous, strong and inspiring fight with the disease, at the end of June 2017, with numerous metastases in the liver, Sarah was enrolled in hospice care given six weeks to three months to live.  Sarah passed away peacefully at her home the evening of August 24, 2017 with loving family by her side.

During hospice care, Sarah instructed us to “keep the rubber on the road”.  In keeping with her desire to have us keep inline skating (rollerblading) rolling, ROBICHON’S is offering a thirty-minute free inline skate lesson to individuals new to the sport and/or those struggling to overcome their fears of skating outdoors or how to stop. In exchange, we are asking for a donation to one of Sarah’s favorite organizations, Operation Smile.  Lesson dates, details and sign up can be found below.

“We love you and all of your generous  gifts you selflessly shared with us, Sarah. Your smile and eyes, the windows into a soul with infinite power to heal and love. Thank you for touching us so deeply with your endless genuine care and concern for others. Rest assured, until we see you again, your legacy will continue with all those you touched and beyond.  Until then, you will be greatly missed” – Noelle Robichon, Skate School Director

Click Here to Donate to Operation Smile 

Event Details:

  • Next Random Skate for Sarah FREE Basic Clinic

Contact Us for a FREE Inline Skate Lesson

  • Second Annual Free Inline Lesson Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018

What You Will Learn: The basics of Inline Skating: Balance, protective falling, equipment orientation, movement forward (gear 1,  gear 2 and gliding), slowing and stopping.

*Professional Lessons from qualified instructors are the single best way to safely and effectively get rolling.

Free Class Times:   10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

We have a limit of ten participants per “Skate for Sarah” free class session, so please sign up early.  

Skate and Equipment Rental: We will be offering skate rental  along with wrist guards, elbow and knee pads for a nominal fee of no more than $16.  We also have a very limited supply of helmets. However, for hygiene purposes, we recommend you bring your own helmet.  A bike helmet is the same as an inline helmet and works best as it should be fitted specifically for your noggin’.  For a helmet fitting guide refer to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles blog on sizing and fitting helmets.

Location: The John Rose MN Oval

In order to “keep the rubber on the road”, the John Rose Oval’s superintendent has graciously agreed to allow us to use their state of the art facility, the largest outdoor inline skate rink in the world.

Skate for Sarah Sign Up 

Registration is required.  Pre-Registration preferred.  Please use Skate for Sarah Sign up form for a free basic lesson or skate refresher in exchange for a Donation to Operation Smile.

Click here to SIGN UP for a FREE Skate for Sarah skate lesson.

Our goal throughout the year is to raise enough funds for 20 operation smile surgeries. Raising $5000 will pay for 20 free operation smile surgeries.

Click Here to Donate to Operation Smile 

Thank you for your support of Sarah and Operation Smile.

Baby Chimi and Sarah on an operation smile mission in Phurjoen Village,  Bhutan.                                                     Photo Courtesy Nora Nord.
Ask us for a Skate for Sarah sticker created with input from Sarah’s family.