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Getting creative is what you do every day of the week in your businesses. Sometimes, that means partnering with good causes to help you connect with your community and raising money for them at the same time. Here are a list of the businesses we partner with and we encourage you to reach out to connect with them on how you can help them and your community.

Operation Resolute

Operate Resolute™ is designed to help care for a warrior, his wife and children throughout an entire year. These funds cover mid-deployment events designed to encourage and equip wives and children while their husbands and dads are in combat. These funds also help create a post-deployment retreat that brings the family together to help them re-adjust to life after the mission. Jeff Couey's Sparkles Family Fun Center designed a complete promotion around Operation Resolute. For every skate package sold, a portion of sales will be donated to Operation Resolute. RSA President, Bobby Bentley, customized the program to announce that Skaters Choice Family Fun Centers will donate $1 of every pair of skates sold. In addition, David Ramsey, Southeastern Skate Supply Georgia is donating $1 of every pair of SureGrip Rock GT-50’s sold to all skating rinks!. We encourage you to learn more about Operation Resolute, make sure to download the members-only flyer and poster templates available to you courtesy of Jeff Couey, or contact Operate Resolute to find out how you can get involved.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring works to mobilize those looking to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice. Started by a youth group in 1990, Souper Bowl of Caring has since grown all over the world, collecting more than $100 million donated back into their own community. 

In just two years, member rinks that have participated have raised nearly $123,000 for their communities and 389 lbs of food! You can view success of member RSA roller skating centers here. 

When you create a profile for your skating center, you will need to make sure to note that you will be joining the Roller Skating Association International Group. Once you are finished, you will receive a Playbook in the mail with promotional materials to help you promote your event. You will also get access to hundreds of resources while you wait for your playbook to arrive that will help you promote your fundraising / food drive. You'll find Power Point presentations, audio and video files, email copy, mailing files, posters, links, logos, social media info, forms, event ideas, regional support, press releases and so much more. 

Once you've finished your event and counted your totals, make sure to update your profile so that we can keep track of how much member rinks have been able to help.

Get Movin' Crew

So you want to host a Skate-a-Thon through your local schools or non-profit organizations? The Get Movin' Crew exists because schools and businesses need the tools and experience to make the fundraising efforts pay off. Those holding the fundraisers (your local elementary school, for instance) pay an annual fee that gets them personalized student web pages that allows parents and students to create their own fundraising welcome page to get support and pledges from friends and family. It allows those same friends and family to make payments online quickly and easily. In fact, schools that use this feature receive 50% more increases in pledges because it's so simple to use. It also provides a personal event coach that will help the school, non-profit (or your rink) hold a successful Skate-a-Thon. 

Schools can purchase pledge packets, posters for the classroom, and total school goal poster, fun run marathon bibs, pedometers, rally pom poms, thunder sticks, fun toy style rewards, reward charms and much more. 

To get your schools involved, take them this handout and help them learn about the benefits of hosting a skate-a-thon through the Get Movin' Crew.