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Roller Skating in the News #4

Let the good times roll! The NMRS is here to update you with recent news from around the country and abroad. Each week the NMRS hopes to share with you the most recent news on all areas of roller skating -- sport, recreation, and business. If you know of any news articles that highlight roller skating and would like us to share them, please let us know them with us!

Roller Skating Returns to D.C.

05/10/2023 | Tommy McFly | Washington D.C.

It's the first time there has been a skating rink in the district in 30 years. See more here:

Roller skating allowed at downtown Milwaukee rink

05/11/2023 | Hannah Hilyard | Milwaukee, WI.

Red Arrow Park's popular ice-skating rink is getting put to use during Milwaukee's warmer months. See more:

Florida Legislature passes roller skating rink safety act

05/11/2023 | Fadia Patterson | Tampa, Fl.

During the just completed session, the House voted 117-0 in favor of the Roller Skating Rink Safety Act which in some cases would hold individual skaters responsible for safety instead of the management. The bill is of significance for an industry that is facing a difficult time in trying to survive. See more:

Beyond the Roller-Skating Principal: Albert Johnson’s Story of Resilience

05/08/2023 | Jason Schoonover | Mendota Heights, MN

Two Rivers High School Principal Albert Johnson GS’22, Ed.D., has garnered local media attention and become known as “The Roller-Skating Principal.” But his story extends deeper than his custom skates. See more:

Women in Business: The woman who revived rollerskating in Penticton

05/12/2023 | Monique Tamminga | Penticton, B.C., Canada

LockWorks co-owner Kim Wall wanted to share her passion for rollerskating with the public. See more:

Student finds her salvation on roller skates

05/12/2023 | Dave Paone | New York, NY

In the 1976 feature film Rocky, the movie’s namesake explains to his date, Adrian, how his father steered him to a career in boxing when he was 15. “He says to me, ′You weren’t born with much of a brain, so you better start using your body.′” The introverted and awkward Adrian replies, “My mother, she said the opposite thing. She said, ′You weren’t born with much of a body so you better develop your brain.′” In an example of life imitating art, 23-year-old Carmen Saffioti of East Meadow, Long Island, had a similar experience. See more:

Months after storm damage, East County’s only roller rink will reopen

05/12/2023 | Judith Prieve | Antioch, CA

With a new skating surface in place and other renovations complete, the Paradise Skate Roller Rink will open on Friday, more than four months after storms caused extensive damage. See more:


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