USA Skateboarding Partners With IMG For 2006 National Championships

USA Skateboarding, the national governing body for skateboarding established in 2004, has announced that it will produce a National Championships event for summer 2006. Partnering with sports marketing and management powerhouse IMG, USAS is designing its Nationals competition to draw top amateur skaters in the street, mini ramp, and vert disciplines with the goal of naming U.S. men’s and women’s teams in several age categories. IMG is charged with securing sponsorship for the 2006 USAS Nationals, which in subsequent years will include regional qualifying events.

In 2004 USAS helped establish the International Skateboarding Federation, a coalition of national governing bodies from around the world. The ISF is working to coordinate criteria for international competitions between its members’ national teams. Establishing an international federation is a prerequisite for any sport under consideration for the Olympic Games. To date, 32 nations are represented in the ISF: Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

At a meeting in Los Angeles in August, the USAS Board of Directors voted in its first female athlete member, Jen O’Brien. A top vert skater, O’Brien will represent the growing number of female skaters, currently estimated to make up 25 percent of the over 12-million skateboarders nationwide.

USA Skateboarding (USAS) is the official National Governing Body for skateboarding.
USAS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the sport, lifestyle, and culture of skateboarding, and making it available to all who wish to participate.

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