Skatin’ for Leighton: Honoring a young girl’s memory and supporting girls’ hockey in Arizona

Skatin’ for Leighton is an annual event held in Phoenix, Arizona, to honor the life of Leighton Accardo and raise funds for girls’ youth hockey programs in the state.

Remembering Leighton:

Leighton Accardo was a young girl who tragically passed away at the age of 8. She was a passionate hockey player and loved the sport dearly. The Skatin’ for Leighton event was created in her memory to keep her spirit alive and support other young girls who share her passion for hockey.

Event details:

The Skatin’ for Leighton event is typically held in January at Sun Devil Stadium, home of the Arizona State University Sun Devils football team. The event is open to participants of all ages and abilities, and includes:

  • Skating: Participants can skate around the concourse of Sun Devil Stadium.
  • Walking/running: Participants can also walk or run the concourse.
  • Fundraising: Participants are encouraged to raise funds through sponsorships and donations to support girls’ youth hockey programs in Arizona.
  • Family-friendly activities: The event typically includes a variety of family-friendly activities, such as face painting, games, and music.

2023 event details:

While the event is typically held in January, the most recent information available is from January 2023. This event was the third annual Skatin’ for Leighton and was led by Lyndsey Fry, President of the Arizona Kachinas and Coyotes radio color analyst. Participants raised funds through a minimum $49 fundraising requirement, with all proceeds going towards supporting girls’ youth hockey in Arizona.

More information:

For more information about the Skatin’ for Leighton event, you can visit the Arizona Coyotes website or follow them on social media. You can also contact the Coyotes directly at (480) 563-PUCK.