Association (IISA) announcing they are giving up their office space and
staff, and turning their certification program over to another company
called "USA Fit".
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INLINE SKATING ASSOCIATION RESTRUCTURES
WILL RESPOND TO FUTURE CHALLENGES
Wilmington, North Carolina (December 20, 2004) - The Board of
Directors of the International Inline Skating Association (IISA) agreed
today that the group has accomplished its original mission and will
subsequently right-size the Association in 2005 in response to that
accomplishment. The not-for-profit trade association, whose members
include Rollerblade?, K2, Salomon, Bauer Nike, Roller Derby, Roces,
Verducci, Hyper Wheels, and Concept Sports, provided a central
foundation for the industry segment during both phenomenal growth and
difficult challenges in its 13 year history.
Established in 1991, the IISA was the by-product of a consumer
membership organization begun by Rollerblade with an agenda promoting
safety, education and access for inline skaters and the emerging sport.
In the early years, the group represented all aspects of the quickly
growing community of manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, athletes and
enthusiasts. As participation grew 30 percent annually and skaters
began skating in different environments, several sport-specific
functions of the IISA developed into independent organizations such as
the National Inline Hockey Association (which later was folded into USA
Hockey Inline), USA Inline Racing and later, the Aggressive Skaters
"The IISA, through the leadership of Kalinda Mathis, has done an
amazing job supporting and strengthening an entire industry throughout
the past decade," commented Jeremy Stonier, President of the IISA.
"The instructor programs, government lobbying, and public relations
activity of the association accelerated the worldwide acceptance of the
sport and contributed to its incredible rise in popularity ... and that
is something we can all be very proud of."
Robert O. Naegele Jr., IISA President Emeritus remarked, "The IISA was
a "circle-the-wagon'" response from all of us who love the sport.
athletes, novices, professional racers, extreme skaters, hockey
players, race promoters and manufacturers, we developed a great team to
protect and promote our passion".
In 1994, the group stepped up its efforts in education. The Instructor
Certification Program (ICP) seeded inline education programs all over
the world including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Over 3000 skaters
have been certified to teach-resulting in millions of people learning
to inline skate. In addition, the Association's National Skate Patrol
program provided free braking lessons to skaters in urban parks
throughout the US. NSP initiated monitored group social skates through
city streets- early iterations of the famous 20,000 participant Night
Skate that today occurs each week in Paris and other international
cities. The IISA's Gear-up! Safety program was awarded by the U.S.
Consumer Products Safety Commission-the first time the award had ever
been given to a manufacturer's organization.
"The IISA is a model for the value of an industry taking off their
completive hats and working together to accomplish common goals to
everyone's benefit. Dedicated industry leaders who actively
participated in the Association along with the creative talents and
efforts of its volunteers, instructors and staff resulted in a fluid,
successful organization that grew a new sport and established an
industry in a relatively short period of time", stated IISA Executive
Director, Kalinda Mathis.
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