Joel Savary is the Executive Director and founder of Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation (DIFF) and Savary Movement LLC. He is an International and U.S. National figure skating coach in the DMV area. He has worked with a number of skating shows and coached skaters of all ages and ability.
Mr. Savary is most noted for his work with his younger brother, Emmanuel Savary, who has won the U.S. Jr. National Championships. Along with Emmanuel’s head coaches, he has helped to cultivate his brother to be a competitive Team USA athlete who has now reached the Senior Mens Championship level.
In addition, Joel worked at the Executive Office of the President as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), which is a renowned program for leaders in the federal government. Under President Barack Obama’s leadership, Joel has lead several policy initiatives from IT to procurement in an effort to help save taxpayer dollars. Mr. Savary has completed a Masters degree in International Relations with a focus on National Security and Economic Policy. He is a proud alumni of the University of Delaware.
Joel started this foundation to aid talented minority skaters that may be experiencing hardships in this sport. Many of these barriers are financial and racial in nature.
In addition, he hopes to make figure skating more accessible recreationally to kids in low income families by working with schools in low income neighborhoods. He hopes to use skating as a tool to keep low income kids off the street and away from drugs and violence. Joel hopes that these initiatives through the foundation will help change the stigma of figure skating among minority groups and revitalize the sport as a whole.
Tai Babilonia, along with her one and only partner Randy Gardner, is five-time US National Champion, World Champion and two-time Olympian in Pairs figure skating. Tai and Randy rose through the ranks of pair skating, earning a coveted spot on their first Olympic Team in 1976, and later won the World Championship title in 1979. (Tai and Randy still remain the last pair World Champions from the US.)
Heading into the 1980 Olympics, Tai and Randy were heavy favorites to medal, but unfortunately were forced to withdraw due to injury. Because of their tremendous popularity around the world, Tai and Randy’s post-Olympic professional career took them to every corner of the globe, headlining shows, tours and competitions. Away from the ice, Tai’s story has been one that has intrigued the American public for decades, and her life was chronicled in the NBC’S Movie of the Week, “On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story” and has authored one book with Randy Gardner, entitled “Forever Two As One.” She has appeared in various television specials, such as “Skating With Celebrities” for the Fox Network. And most recently Tai has entered the world of motivational speaking & is writing her very personal memoirs ~
While forever known as one of America’s great pair skating teams, Tai and Randy’s 50-year partnership has endured the status of true icons both on and off the ice. Perhaps her most proud achievement is Tai’s role as Mom to her son, Scout.
She hopes that any child, regardless of race or income can use Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation (DIFF) as an avenue to reach their athletic goals or as a means to enjoy skating.