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Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

That is really what you want to do, isn’t it? You want to change the world. Maybe just a little piece of it. That’s why you are inspired to create this grand event.

Something that will draw people to your cause, make them aware of it, help them understand it, and maybe raise funds for it — all to change the world.

Adding a portable ice rink to your next event may be just what it takes to make it genuinely grand and world-changing. Contact KwikRink today for all your synthetic ice rink rental needs including:

  • Custom-sized synthetic ice rink panels tailored to your needs
  • Decorative fencing
  • Rental skates
  • Skate sharpeners
  • On-site supervision and installation

To get started creating a truly successful event, do the following:

Define your purpose

Determine if the objective of your event is to raise funds or awareness around a cause. Or is it to promote a product or service? Perhaps you want to create a sense of community or a safe space for people of all kinds to gather.

Ask yourself — what is your why? What values are you trying to promote? The purpose of this event will be an extension of those values.

A skating event is a fun, creative, healthy way to unify people around your purpose.

Now that you have your purpose define your goal

General goodwill and giving back to the community are not sufficient goals. Getting specific around your event objectives will create more success on the day of your event. Raising funds or connecting with a particular demographic are more specific goals.

Next, be sure your goals are measurable. Define the exact dollar amount you want to raise. Set a number as to how many people you must educate on your topic.

Then, make your goals achievable. If you hope to draw people from all over town or even the state, you’ll need to go beyond selling discount cards to local businesses.

If your organization has a significant financial need, a local bake sale isn’t going to cut it. When you set your goal, make sure you can see your way to achieving it.

Relevant goals are also critical to a successful event. Getting everyone to wear purple may be a goal if that color will raise awareness for a cause.

But, if your primary goal is fundraising, wearing purple isn’t relevant. Charging an extra admission fee for not wearing purple might cover both bases, though, for example.

Lastly, goals need to be timely. Determine a timeframe within which to achieve your goal. Could this event run for weeks or months? Determine how you will keep it fresh and relevant if it goes on for an extended period.

When you plan a portable ice event, you can craft your timeframe and delivery to ensure all your planning is organized well before the synthetic ice tiles arrive at your venue.

Now define your audience

How successful will your event be if your goal is to raise awareness around the working conditions of nurses, and you plan your event inside a hospital? That audience is already well aware of their working conditions.

Define who you are trying to reach and where you can reach them. Research where and how they spend their time. Determine the types of activities they enjoy. You will need all these answers if you’re going to attract them to your event.

Remember, it’s a breeze for many people to skate on our synthetic ice. We even provide the rental skates and instruction for your audience. Plus, you can ensure comfort indoors on any flat surface. No need for parkas and scarves.

And your budget

Now for the dreaded question – what is your budget? You will need some idea as to the size and duration of the event you can plan. If you are thinking your funds are inadequate to pull off something exceptional, try partnering with businesses in your area.

Other business or related causes may want to team up with you. Ask if they would be willing to contribute funds or products or time. They may be willing to take on some of the marketing efforts (keep reading) with some co-advertising. You don’t have to do this all alone.

If fundraising is one of your goals, make sure your budget is well below that goal; otherwise, you will have had a great event, but not achieved its purpose.

With KwikRink’s budget-friendly customization, we’ll craft a rink that enables you to maximize your profit on ticket sales or donations.

Plan your marketing and sales

The best-intentioned event will be of no use if no one knows it is happening. You have defined your audience; now, you need to determine how you will get the information about this event to them. Use all your resources, printed materials, networking, mail, phone calls, and of course, social media.

Create a process for handling any sales or reservations at your event – admission, product sales, etc. Investigate online booking software, ticket sales, reservation systems.

These systems can make great partners by marketing your event for you. Make sure you have the technology available and the personnel trained so you can make your event run as seamlessly as possible for your attendees.

Don’t forget to say thank you

Thank everyone who contributed to the event – planners, donors, volunteers, vendors, etc. Ensure your guests will come back by showing them how much they matter.

Last, but not least – make it stand out

Make your event stand out with a rented portable ice rink from KwikRink. Need a little more inspiration? Check out these images of portable ice rink possibilities.

Consider hosting on-ice talent competitions or mini hockey tournaments. Are you into building community? Offer family hours with kid-friendly music and games.

In contrast, offer adult-only skate times as well and bring in food trucks or catered options serving adult beverages and gourmet foods.

Unlike traditional ice rinks, weather or space requirements do not limit the use of a synthetic ice rink. Anyone can skate, and it is an activity that promotes fitness and connection.

So, when should you get started? There is no better time than the present. Contact KwikRink now by calling (888) 275-2345 and asking how they can assist with the rental of a portable ice rink for your event.

When it comes to trying something new and exciting, ice skating is a sport that ranks pretty high on the list. If your child is looking to try something a little different, this is a great chance to have a lot of fun while also reaping the benefits of a great workout!

Want to make this an even more exceptional experience? Consider installing a synthetic home ice rink. It is way more doable than you think. Contact KwikRink and find out how.

Whether you head for lessons at the local arena or choose to create a home rink, this is a sport with plenty of benefits for the whole family!

Is Ice Skating A Good Workout?

In addition to being one of the most fun forms of exercise, ice skating has the extra benefit of providing a whole-body workout. It is easy on growing joints due to the low impact nature of the sport, and so can be a gentle and suitable alternative to running or jogging on growing bodies.

And those are not the only benefits.

Balance and coordination can also be hugely improved. These skills are targeted because ice skating is an activity that uses a lot of so-called ‘stabilizer muscles,’ which everyday life rarely uses fully.

These are primarily located around the knees, hips, and ankles. Muscle tone is also improved, and the challenge of keeping your balance helps to build a strong core and overall body strength.

Need more persuasion?

Ice skating can also be a great way to keep in shape as your child grows; skating at 14km per hour can burn up to 300 calories with minimal effort!

What If I Can’t Get To A Rink?

Despite the growing popularity of ice skating, families living in remote or rural areas may struggle to get out to a rink for lessons. The good news is that you don’t have to!

Building a home ice rink may seem like a daunting challenge. Though overwhelming, this does not have to be the case.

Contact the folks at KwikRink Synthetic Ice and see how easily you can be skating, year-round, on your very own rink! Before long, your child will be building and honing their skills and abilities in the comfort of their backyard, or even their basement.

A home rink can be perfect for newbies who are just starting and who may be nervous or self-conscious in a public space. They are also an ideal solution if you are already a keen skater, looking to get a head start on next season. Or to perfect a technique, just in time for a test date or big performance!

What Can Your Child Learn?

Why should you go to this trouble just so your child can skate? As we have mentioned, getting on the ice is a great way to build strength and agility, and is a great physical and mental workout for your child. There are a host of benefits to the sport, and participants can learn some precious lessons, such as:

If you fall, get back up: Ice skating is a tricky activity performed on a very slippery surface. At some point, a fall is inevitable, especially when you are just starting. Though sometimes a little painful, this can also be an excellent chance for your child to learn some serious resilience.

To improve and become the ice dancer they have dreamed of, every skater has to fall, get back up, and try again. This lesson applies to life as well as on the ice.

Try, try and try again: When you see fluid, graceful ice skaters performing at the Olympics or in a show, it is easy to think that their moves look effortless. In truth, there are hundreds of hours of practice which have gone into perfecting their techniques and routines, and this can be an excellent lesson for your child.

The only way to get better is to practice, and there is always something to learn.

Exercise can be fun! We know how important regular exercise is for growing bodies, and as a way to boost mental health. However, organized sports can be a turn off for many children at a young age.

Ice skating is a perfect way to show them that there are fun alternatives. They are introduced to new ways to move their bodies, which do not require team sports or a traditional workout.

Establishing a love of exercise at a young age is valuable, and something your child will carry through their lives.

Confidence is key: The unique challenges offered by ice skating means that progress can be slow. This slow progress can lead to a powerful moment when your child can reflect on how far they have come.

Spending several hours mastering the basics may seem tedious at the time, but the rewards will follow. In the long term, it will allow them to stand tall and confident when it comes to trying the more complex moves.

It will also show them that a little hard work and self-belief will help them to achieve more than they thought possible!

Balance is essential: A big part of succeeding in ice skating is the ability to master your balance and coordination. These areas are crucial to unlocking more complex moves, and training and practice will give your child a better awareness of their sense of balance.

They must use all the parts of their body to succeed – if they neglect one area, the whole trick falls apart.

Acknowledging and understanding this also allows for an opportunity to extend this concept more fully into their life. Just as balance is essential for performing a tricky spin in skating, it is needed in everyday life to help your child stay well-rounded and adjusted.

Learning to master their balance and body on the ice can provide the tools they need to succeed in a range of other areas.

Why Wait?

Getting started with ice skating may seem daunting; there are lessons, schedules, transportation, and safety equipment to consider.

A backyard rink can alleviate a few of these considerations and provide as many benefits as a commercial space, all while having the bonus of being available 24/7 for your child!

With so many fantastic benefits to the sport, why not take the plunge today, and set your child up for a whole host of positive outcomes. What are you waiting for?

Contact KwikRink to get started, and get your child on their way to being the best they can be today!

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October

Hockey Is On the Way Up

Posted by KwikRink

Whether you live in snow country or tropical climes, hockey is everywhere these days. NHL fandom is robust as always, and safety gear innovations keep kids and adults playing injury-free for longer. Hockey parents are still the norm from Minnesota to Texas.

Despite our changing climate affecting outdoor ice seasons, hockey is here to stay. To that end, the hockey industry always promotes ways to stay ahead of the curve in terms of ice costs and program revenue.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is the leader in maintenance-free, state-of-the-art synthetic hockey ice rink design. Contact us today and get a free custom rink quote for any space or application.

Women players, women winners

According to The Ice Garden, women’s hockey participation has grown by a whopping 17.6% since 2010. Nearly 80,000 women are registered players with USA Hockey. And, that number has steadily increased since the US women’s gold medal win at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Women continue to add depth and breadth to the sport and have proven they can play every bit as tough as the guys and come out on top.

At Kwikrink, we’re excited to be part of serving the growing demand for ice time from female players. We continue to champion hockey programming for all.

Our synthetic hockey ice systems make program launch and participation more accessible and more profitable for community organizations and coaches alike. Here’s how.

Benefits of Synthetic ice over natural ice

Versatility: Kwikrink Synthetic Ice can be set up anywhere in just about any dimension. All you need is a flat surface. Our ice works well in the following locations:

    • Church social gathering rooms
    • Event centers
    • School gyms and cafeterias
    • College field houses
    • Community center multipurpose rooms and gyms
    • Convention centers
    • Outdoor skate parks or basketball courts

Non-weather dependent. Synthetic Ice glides, whether it’s -40 degrees or 85 degrees. Your rink space never has to be climate controlled with Kwikrink synthetic ice. Though a little air conditioning might be helpful if you’re running a full-on team practice in hot weather!

Further, there’s no need for a built-in, floor-based water freezing system with KwikRink materials. You’ll simply lock the ice tiles into place, strap on your skates, and glide for as long as you want.

Lower cost. Since our synthetic ice needs no additional equipment to keep it functional, your hockey program overhead costs just dropped significantly.

When you factor in the initial capital of freezing equipment, Zamboni and driver, as well as the maintenance and added energy costs to maintain natural ice, synthetic ice is a no-brainer to improve your hockey program profit margins and registration accessibility dramatically.

Low maintenance. Our infused surfaces promise years of low-maintenance, superior glide, and a clean surface guarantees the best performance.

Your cleaning schedule will depend on ice usage frequency, storage location and condition, and environmental factors. In other words, if your synthetic rink is outside, you’ll likely clean it more often for optimal performance.

Cleaning KwikRink Synthetic Ice is a breeze. Spray the surface with a multipurpose cleaning solution, let sit for a few minutes to break up any dirt buildup, and then wipe clean with a cloth. No Zamboni required, although you might want to use a small commercial floor scrubber on larger rinks.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice boasts 95% of natural ice glide. KwikRink Synthetic Hockey Ice boasts a comparable rate of glide to natural ice. You can work on all the sprints, stops, turns, and shots-on-goal that you would on a natural surface, with a nearly imperceptible difference in feel.

Strength and stamina gains. Because there is a slight glide differential from synthetic to natural ice, your team will develop more strength and stamina on the synthetic surface.

Similar to Olympic athletes training at high altitudes, our systems may help your team perform better when they play on natural ice from time to time.

Synthetic Ice: A profitable choice for “dead” space

If you run a large facility like a church, community center, warehouse, senior center, or athletic facility, you’ve likely got “dead” space from time to time. A synthetic hockey rink may add a revenue stream to unused floor space.

Our ice tiles are fully adaptable to your space availability and dimensions. Plus, our tiles feature a “snap-together” design.

Set up and tear-down are quick and manageable. Our tiles will store in any closet or even stacked on the perimeter of your space for easy program conversion.

You can easily convert from basketball practice to a hockey game or clinic in one evening or afternoon with synthetic hockey ice from KwikRink.

Profitability

Synthetic hockey ice provides a speedy avenue to revenue, especially if you live in a hockey-friendly community, or if you’re pioneering a hockey program in a new region.

With the easy set-up and versatility of KwikRink synthetic ice, all you need is a coach and a few players to build a team and some hockey momentum. Since equipment logistics are a no-brainer, you can utilize your business acumen by spreading the word and marketing a new youth or adult sports opportunity.

Our tiles travel and snap together effortlessly in small locations. That makes them great for community demos, school visits, mall expos, or neighborhood gatherings to build buzz and allow potential hockey players to try out the ice.

With a qualified coach and a simple online registration system, you can effortlessly collect fees and waivers, then move on to promoting teamwork, health, fitness, and hockey fun in no time.

Fundraisers, special events, and corporate entertainment with synthetic hockey ice lend further revenue stream opportunities to your organization. All you need is a flat space and a pair of skates to make the event a success.

Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice for hockey in a snap

Our team stands ready to help you build the custom synthetic ice hockey rink that fits perfectly for your programming and space needs. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you measure and craft the ice your community will enjoy for many seasons to come.

Great hockey can happen anywhere, anytime with KwikRink Synthetic Ice systems.