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Happy April!  

We hope that your Spring 2018 leagues are jam-packed and in full swing!   

This month, we are excited to announce our newly-elected Executive Committee for FY 18-19.  We'll also share Chris Giebner's Conference Summary Report, welcome a new Industry Member, and highlight both an Industry Member and a Sponsor.  Oh, and don't forget about SportsLink's SSIA Fitness Challenge for May!  May the best individual and team win bragging rights till the next challenge!!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Krissy at

~ Your SSIA Team

Welcome 2018-2019 EC Members!

Congratulations to our new Executive Committee members!  We look forward to working with you all to continue moving our industry forward.  We also want to thank everyone who ran for stepping up to the plate and volunteering to join the Executive Committee! Thanks again, everyone!

2018 Conference Summary Report

Each year, Chris Giebner summarizes the conference survey and shares his findings.  This year, you can read them by clicking HERE.  Yes, he reads every single comment, makes notes, and shares this with you, our members!  Your feedback is invaluable for planning future conferences, so thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey!  If you didn't have the opportunity to take it, but would still like to share your feedback, please email Chris at 

Don't forget to put next year's conference on your calendar: February 19th-22nd in St. Petersburg, Florida!

Sponsor Highlight: Ringer Sports
Are you interested in sponsorship revenue for your league? 
Ringer Sports is excited to announce guaranteed sponsorship revenue with use of our management platform (and we're also pretty darn excited about the platform as well)!

Contact: for more details!
Member Highlight
Late in 2017, Steve and Jess Farewell of NJ Play received an unsolicited call from Eric LeGrand.  He was seeking guidance and support in running his first annual charity flag football tournament through his foundation, Team LeGrand, part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, both on a mission to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. Since NJ Play Sports was founded, supporting charities has always been important to them, so they knew this was an event that they would be more than happy to take part in. They offered their services in helping promote the tournament, as well as took the lead in hosting the registration, communication and day-of operations.

For those who are not familiar with Eric and his story, on October 16th, 2010, in his junior year at Rutgers University, LeGrand suffered a severe spinal injury during a game against Army in Met Life Stadium. Following a head-on collision against an opposing player, LeGrand lay on the ground for several minutes before being carted off, only able to move his head. He was taken to the intensive care unit of the Hackensack University Medical Center, where doctors determined that LeGrand fractured his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae and was paralyzed from the neck down. 

LeGrand's strength and courage following his injury captured attention across the nation. He is now a much sought-after motivational speaker. Once the tournament was announced, local news broadcasters and radio personnel contacted Eric, all wanting to help raise awareness for his event and mission. The event was featured on NY Fox 5 news, News 12 NJ, KTU, Z-100 and NFL Network's Good Morning Football. It was also shared by several highly-followed social media handles, including WWE and Triple H. 

The event took place over the weekend on Saturday, April 28th at Rutgers University. For anyone interested in making a donation, please visit

Join us in welcoming our newest members, James Speegle and Blake Bullard of OSSO Sports & Social!

Founded in 2016, OSSO started out in Oklahoma City and has since expanded to Tulsa.  They currently have over 4700 players, have played over 11,000 flip-cup games, have facilitated over 7,800 Jell-O shots taken, and have raised over $25,000 for charity.

OSSO provides the structure – scheduling, officiating, uniforms, venues, whatever – so their players can spend time doing what matters, like synchronizing team chants, drawing up complex flag football plays, or debating the intricacies of the perfect kickball pitch.

 Keep up the great work, guys!
SportsLink has invited all Industry Members to participate in their May Fitness Challenge.  Please contact Christian Crute with any questions at  
Click HERE to hear to hear the recording of the Q2 National Quarterly Call.  PS, you have to be logged into the Locker Room to access it!

Galen is finalizing the data collection for the Annual Membership Update.  Please click HERE to complete your update (one for each market for 2017).  Please note that this information is a membership requirement.  Contact Galen at with any questions.

The Executive Committee Retreat will be held in St. Petersburg, FL from June 11th-13th.  Please contact any EC member if you would like to discuss potential initiatives or provide general feedback.  
Partners & Sponsors
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