In a letter to IASC and our members, Gary Ream gives the update on how USA Skateboarding is moving forward.
USA Skateboarding (USAS) has been very active over the past six months but almost all of this work has been of a preparatory nature to help us move towards some of our most important goals and objectives.
Being a relatively new organization, USAS is spending a good deal of time and effort putting together the organization structure and programs. Negotiations with our insurance carrier to start our membership program have been finalized. This coverage will not only be available to individual members of USAS but we will make this available to any group or organization that wants to or needs to provide insurance coverage to skaters at one day events or at a respective park, skate facility or event. We will have very fair and reasonable rates. Our underwriter has been very supportive of the growth and development of skateboarding and skateparks.
We were very pleased when the Dew Action Sports Tour asked USA Skateboarding to act in a technical advisory capacity for it's first year five-city tour. Chris Miller was our on-site representative at all five stops and we all felt this was a very successful first-time venture for USAS to be involved with a major national event.
USAS has signed it’s first sponsorship agreement with General Mills "Fruit by the Foot" brand. This was quite important to all of us considering we will have our first real events and USAS produced programs starting this year. The deal is directed towards a grass roots "Junior Jam" coming this coming fall.
A major reason for the creation of USAS was to support grass roots and developmental programs in skateboarding. We are very close to announcing our first endeavors in grass roots programs and a national initiative that will be the real cornerstone of USAS for many years to come. Our board members are some of the most active people in the skate industry and the work they do is greatly appreciated.
USAS would also like to thank IASC for its continued good work and its efforts to support and continue to develop skateboarding world- wide. We look forward to our continued communication with your organization and a very exciting and engaging 2006.