Welcome to My Rally Campaign
Hello! My Name is Mark Kazmer, and I am the President of the Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association. Our Board of Directors have worked diligently to bring hockey to Spearfish, and in the winter of 2016/2017 we were able to get enough cold weather to flood our rink and get enough ice to host our first hockey clinics for our area youth. The first one attracted 58 girls and boys, and that was with an indoor soccer tournament in town which decreased the number of available kids. Subsequent weeks had similar numbers, but with a few new kids each week. Once our 4 clinics were done, we had 77 unique registrations. The reason these numbers are important is that it proves the level of interest to have hockey in the Northern Hills remains high. Additionally, these numbers were strong in spite of battling the warmer weather and having to mve the clinics to a smaller rink that had less exposure to the sun.
What does this all mean? We need an indoor rink.
Our research has been done, and we are 100% that an indoor ice rink will be a viable business, especially when run like the Rushmore ThunderDome in Rapid City, SD. That rink is run entirely by a 501(c)3 youth sports non-profit, and national indicators point out that the most successful ice rinks are those run by non-profit sports organizations.
It is why our non-profit association has determined that we are at the best juncture possible in regards to our timeline. Player interest is high, and the City of Spearfish and our Tourism Board both have cited a need to increase the scope of youth sports, and both have seen the huge value youth hockey and the tournaments they bring in, making this a sport with real economic impact to the Northern Hills. The facility would serve other uses as well, including basketball and volleyball courts, indoor soccer fields for youth tournaments. We would also be open to hosting wrestling and gymnastics invitationals in the building, and any other events that would be conducive to the facility.
Why I'm Raising Funds
We still intend on fielding youth hockey teams this winter, so in addition to raising funds for an indoor facility, we also need funding to get the program off the ground. Uniforms and equipment need to be purchased to get us going, and that roughly costs $200-$250 per child for the basic safety equipment and jerseys.
Our team is your team. We are starting a mascot naming contest for the Northern Hills team. We are going to be the Northern Hills "whatevers", and YOU get to help us decide the whatever. Stop at our booth at Downtown Friday Nights or send us an email and give us your suggestions, and then watch for the Final 5 to be listed online for a vote for the final team name.
Our behind the scenes team is our great board of directors. Current directors are John Kelley, Chris Olson, Eric Skavang, Drew Skjoldal, Collin Smith, Kameron Milne, Ryan Cathcart, Marcia Kazmer and myself. Past board members that have all made great contributions are Ron Van Dyke, Kellen Willert, Nathan Hancock and Matt Walters. There have also been contributions from a couple dozen volunteers. This is a dedicated group. Your donations are being put in the hands of people 100% committed to making sure hockey comes to the Northern Hills to stay.
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
Share our RallyMe funding page with your family and friends via your Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media outlet. The more we raise, the sooner we can get this off the ground for the Northern Hills. Your donations are to a 501(c)3 non-profit youth organization, so not only are you helping us, but you are receiving tax benefits as well.
Thank you for helping Hockey to the Hills!