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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of July 16:

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Hall Of Fame Inducts Rhoni Barton-Bischoff

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation held its 36th annual hall of fame induction ceremony on Saturday night at Walt Disney World’s Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Fla. Rhoni Barton-Bischoff was enshrined into the USA Water Ski & Wakeboard Foundation's Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018.

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Executive Director Announces Retirement

After eight years with the organization, Bob Crowley announced at the January Board of Directors meeting that he will retire from the executive director position with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports in July of this summer. He will stay with the organization while the replacement search is underway and will be available for transition assistance and support.

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Athletes Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for March. The U.S. Wakeboard Team has been selected Team of the Month.

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SafeSport Certification Now Available

SafeSport Certification and background screening is now available in the Members Only section of the USA Water Ski website. As mandated by the United States Olympic Committee audit of the USA Water Ski SafeSport program, USA Water Ski and its sport discipline organizations require that individuals formally authorized, approved, or appointed to a position of authority over or who would have frequent contact with athletes, complete criminal background checks and the SafeSport education and training requirements.

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Club Growth Challenge Winners Announced

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Club Growth Challenge Initiatives Contests. The contests encouraged the USA Water membership and sport discipline organizations to get more people on the water and affiliate with USA Water Ski.

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Membership Task Force Initiative Details

The proposal by the Membership Task Force was approved at the Jan. 28 meeting of the USA Water Ski board of directors. There are clarifications and pertinent points in this article to help with the understanding for our members.

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Board Approves Organization Name Update

The USA Water Ski board of directors on Sunday unanimously approved a formal name update of the national governing body of organized water skiing from USA Water Ski to USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. It is the board’s belief that USA Water Ski & Wake Sports embraces a wider audience of participants, including all who participate recreationally in towed water sports. The name update was one of a number of recommendations approved by the board from the Membership Task Force, which was appointed in 2016 by former USA Water Ski President Jim Grew to address the decline in membership and create a plan for future growth.

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USA-WS To Host Annual Awards Banquet

USA Water Ski will hold its annual Awards Banquet – honoring the 2017 award recipients from USA Water Ski and its respective sport discipline organizations on Saturday at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Fla. The event is being held in conjunction with USA Water Ski's mid-winter board meetings for the 18th consecutive year. The award winners were selected either by the USA Water Ski Awards Committee or by the sport discipline’s organization.

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ShoulderSphere Signs On As New Sponsor

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce a new partnership with ShoulderSphere, the only patented exercise device that strengthens all of your rotator cuff muscles in a simultaneous and multi-directional manner. In addition to being a Bronze Level Sponsor, ShoulderSphere will be the Exclusive Shoulder Exercise Equipment Partner of USA Water Ski through 2018.

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