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United States Ice Rink Association

HISTORY:

The United States Ice Rink Association (formerly Serving The American Rinks) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit, national trade association for individuals, facilities and vendors in the ice rink industry.  The organization was formed in 2000 as a joint venture between U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey to foster the development, growth and success of ice rinks in the United States. The U.S. Ice Rink Assoc. provides education and resources for facility and equipment operations, programming, marketing, promotions, safety, risk management and human resources.

OUR MISSION:

To advance the ice rink industry through membership, world-class education, training, resources and events.

OUR VISION:

We are the premier membership organization dedicated to fostering the success of the ice rink industry in the United States.

WHAT WE BELIEVE:

Our organization believes that:

  1. Our partnership with USA Hockey, U.S. Figure Skating, and the ORFA have been instrumental in the development and continued evolution of our organization.
  2. All of us – industry professionals, facilities, vendors, allied associations, national governing bodies (NGBs), organization leaders,  staff and volunteers – must work together if we are to achieve our mission and vision
  3. We advance facility operations, management and safety by providing educational and training opportunities that raise the level of professionalism in the ice rink industry
  4. It is important to make education affordable and accessible for all in the industry
  5. We inspire individuals to advance their careers in the ice rink industry
  6. We provide vendors a direct conduit to present their products and services to consumers
  7. By offering various forums, we bring the industry together to foster professional and personal relationships in a supportive community
  8. We promote the sharing of knowledge within the industry by collaborating with organizations and associations whose goals and activities compliment ours
  9. We must ensure the long term financial sustainability of the organization

THREE MAJOR GOALS:

  1. Promote the sustainability and growth of the ice rink industry
  2. Raise the level of professionalism amongst ice rink industry members by becoming the undisputed leader in education, training, and resources
  3. To provide our members with exclusive networking, educational, and professional development opportunities