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Kickin' it in the Ville
POSTED 7.5.24

LOUISVILLE, KY –  Grab your skates, pack your bags and be ready to Kick it in the Ville, September 13-15, 2024.  Come to Louisville and join the Rail Ridaz as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary all weekend long.  Friday, take time to explore Louisville in the daytime as the city has lots to do and places to explore.  Friday night, don’t go to bed yet as skaters will just be getting warmed up at the “Black Out” skate with DJ Sneaks and DJ Jigg.  Saturday Kick it at the 20 Year anniversary Day Party at the Okolona VFW Post 8639.  Friday night is the Main Night Sk8 Anniversary Sk8 Night where Tampa meets St. Louis:  DJ Fanatic and DJ Bounce providing the sounds.  Sunday it is the Last Call:  Picnic in the Park at George Rogers Clark Park.  Free food, games and lots of fun will be had before heading to the rink later that evening for the Sunday Night Closeout hosted by “The Home Team”.  Skating all three nights will take place at Robbens Roost.
Kicking it in the Ville

10th Annual Rollin'n'White
POSTED 6.12.24

RALEIGH, NC –  The 10th Annual Rollin-n-White Adult Skate Party hosted by TWINZ ENTERTAINMENT is going down Saturday, August 17 at United Skates Raleigh.  Skate and celebrate with Tobe and Kobe from 11:30 PM until 4:30 AM.  DJs on the wheels include DJ Killa B (ATL), DJ Tone Capo (NJ) and DJ Young Soul (NC).  Admission is $20 per person and guests must be 18 or older to enter.
Rolling in White

13th Annual Texas Sk8 Fair Classic
POSTED 6.12.24

DALLAS, TX –  The Texas Sk8 Fair Classic is doing it big in 2024.  Make plans to roll in Dallas, October 3-6 for four fun-filled days of fellowship with style skaters.  Your packing list should include:  sweat pants and tanks, pink and blue (Breast Cancer), Classic Sk8 shirts, and something that suits your style.  The DJ lineup includes DJ-D and Durrty Burrd on Thursday, Wildchild and Mz Tone on Friday, Joe Bowen and Jammin on Saturday and Arson and Suave on Sunday.  The daytime parties include a Vendor Mall, Happy Hour and Golf Shirts and Tennis Skirts.  The Texas State Fair will be on Sunday, a short 20-minute drive from the host hotel.  Want more from your weekend in Dallas, purchase the VIP Experience pass in advance.  Book your hotel room now.
Texas Skate Fair Classic

Unity in Orange 2024
POSTED 6.9.24

COLUMBUS, OH  –  On Saturday, October 19, the TSC foundation, Reckless Sk8rs and NBK are hosting the 3rd annual Unity in Orange – Rolling Against Bullying skate event. Skate from 11:00 PM until 4:00 AM at United Skates of America East with sounds curated by DJ Dior, DJ Narsistic and DJ Jay T.  Skaters must be 18 or older to attend.
Unity in Orange 2024

ATL Squad 5th Annual Sk8 Party
POSTED 5.4.24

ATLANTA, GA  –  It is moving day for the ATL Squad, August 29, 2024 as they move their 5th Annual ATL Squad Sk8 Party to Labor Day weekend.  Skate Thursday at Sparkles Smyrna, Friday and Saturday at Stone Mountain and Sunday back at Sparkles.  The DJ lineup includes DJ Master Toby, DJ Joe Bowen, DJ Ham, DJ Killa B, DJ Arson, DJ Yoga, DJ Money Mike and DJ Dream.  There will be a different theme each night so be sure to visit the flyer for details.  The weekend also includes a day party and a cookout.  Book your room at the host hotel now before it is sold out. 
ATL Squad 5th Annual Skate Party

T2T Real Old School Skate Event
POSTED 4.28.24

ATLANTA, GA –  Every third Thursday of the month, roll to some of the best old school jams at the T2T Real Old School skate event featuring DJ Reese on the 1s and 2s.  Roll from 9:30 PM util 12:30 AM at Sparkles in Smyrna.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Skaters must be 35 or older to be admitted, no skate rentals.
T2T Real Old School Skate Event

11th Annual Skating for Scholarships 2024
POSTED 4.3.24

DALLAS, TX  –  The Chuck Burch Scholarship Fund is hosting its 11th Annual Skating for Scholarships event.  Your participation in the week’s events will help raise money to support education for the next generation.  The events include a North-Side Mixer on Wednesday; an HBCU, Greek and Professional Organization on Thursday; Skate Groups Styles and Vibes on Friday; a Basic, Ballroom, and Style Skate and a Family Community Organizations and National Simulcast on Saturday; and to wrap up the week, an Old School Celebration of OG Skaters on Sunday.  There will be a skate competition each night with prizes for the winners.  College students that attend will be eligible each night for a scholarship drawing.  All proceeds go to scholarships and are tax deductible.
11th Annual Skating for Scholarships 2024

15th Annual Roll for Soul: Naptown Real Rollers Rodeo
POSTED 3.30.24

“This ain't Texas (woo), ain't no hold 'em (hey)

So drive on down, down, down ta Nap-town,

Put yo skates on (woo) and throw yo hands up (hey)

and roll around, 'round, 'round, 'round, 'round

Bring some-one along to slow skate with you

Cause the DJ gonna put it down too

It's a Real Rollers Rodeo and a Naptown hoedown

Be a true skater, come take it to the flo’ now, woo, huh (woo)”

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Naptown Real Rollers is inviting all cowboys and cowgirls to Naptown July 25-28, 2024.  The weekend includes four nights of skating, a Meet and Greet at Kulture’s Bar and Lounge, a Midwest Hoedown at Georgia Street Rhythm and Blues, The ATL Experience Workshop, and a skater’s brunch at the Kountry Kitchen.  All skate sessions will be at Skateland on Glen Arm Road.  Save some cash by purchasing your tickets in advance. Book your room at the host hotel, the Holiday Inn Express with the code “Naptown” to get the group rate.
15th annual Roll for Soul: Naptown Real Rollers Rodeo

5th Annual Peach Roll
POSTED 3.25.24

SAVANNAH, GA  –  Be in Savannah September 26-29 for the 5th Annual Peach Roll.  The fun starts Thursday with a “Skate at the Park” where sounds will be provided by DJ Live Child.  Friday, Meet, Greet and enjoy a few games of bowling at Bowlero before rolling at the Warm Up with DJ Blaq Label, DJ Fanatic and DJ Alley Al.  Saturday party hard at the Day Party with sounds by DJ Yoga at Tybee Island Beach.  The main event goes down Saturday night starting at 11:00 PM with DJ CJ, DJ Moony Dee and DJ Brian hosted by SAV and JBX.  Wrap it up on Sunday at The Closure with sounds by DJ Master Toby himself at Star Castle.  Skip the line by purchasing a 3 Day VIP Pass or take advantage of early bird specials by purchasing your ticket in advance.
5th Annual Peach Roll


July 4-8, Chicago, IL
iRXIII Independence Roll 13

July 12-13, Dayton, OH
Boom on Orbit

July 12-14, Sacramento, CA
Cali in July - Super Roll Weekend 2024

Weekly & Monthly Calendar


Sparkles Skating Rink
Sparkles Smyrna Limitless Skate (1st Thursdays)
Sparkles Smyrna Adult Skate Sundays
T2T Real Old School Skate Event (3rd Thursdays)

Cascade Skating Rink
Wednesday Night Adult Session
Friday Late Night Skate Adult Session
Saturday Sip and Skate
Sunday Night Adult Session

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Independence Roll 13 (iRXIII)

CHICAGO, IL  –  Are you ready for the fireworks?  This year they start at Lynwood Sport Center in Lynwood, IL as iRXIII kicks off the weekend celebration rolling from 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM.  Friday, its Kicks and Cocktails at Glenwood Oaks followed by a roll at The Rink on 87th that includes a Skate Showcase.  Pack two pairs of sneaks for Saturday, one for the 2nd annual IR 5V5 Basketball Tournament at Southland Center Sports Complex and then head over to Chug A Lug Pub and Grill for the Sneaker Ball.  Later that night roll at Glenwood from 9:00 PM until 2:00 AM.  Sunday, July 7 choose from two events:  LakeSkate 24 at 31st St. Beach, Pier 31 at 2:00 PM or Burr Oak Bowl at 3:00 PM.  Wrap up the weekend at Glenwood starting at 9:00 PM. Purchase your tickets in advance for discounted admission to Friday through Sunday skate events.

Jun 29 - Desi,, Phoenix, AZ
Jun 29 – Janie Cosby, Virginia

Jul 1 – Smooth Ki, Chicago Ruff Ryder Rollers
Jul 2 - Tamiko Holmes, Military
Jul 4 - Venessa Raigns aka Sexcee Caramel, Ettrick, VA
Jul 4 - Tyrone Dixon, Jammin Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
Jul 4 - Dori Smith, Kansas City, MO
Jul 6 - Vince "Ice V" with Fam Affair, Orlando,FL
Jul 8 - Bridget Grier, NSC Freestyle Rollers, Charlotte, NC
Jul 10 - Matthew Davis, Montgomery, AL
Jul 11 - Cherry Williams aka" Mz. Dimples" of GemCity Striderz
Jul 12 - Robert "DJ Big Bob" Clayton, Brooklyn, NY
Jul 12 – Rennette, aka Baby Girl
Jul 13 - Joe "So Kashmir" Hart, Livin the ATL bwo MC IND.
Jul 14 - JuJuan (JJ) Blunt, NSC Freestyle Rollers, Charlotte, NC
Jul 17 - Patrice Koonce, Kansas City, MO
Jul 19 - Chucky, Butterflys N Unity
Jul 20 – Vanessa Baker-Alford, Dayton, OH
Jul 22 - Sharon Kimpson, former Master Roller “DC Style”
Jul 22 – Ms. Tracy, Millennium Skate World, Camden, NJ
Jul 22 - Jeff "Silk" Carpenter, Chicago, IL
Jul 23 – Misha “China Doll” Goins, Chester, VA
Jul 25 - Dwayne Bailey, Milwaukee, WI
Jul 29 - Joshua Johnson, Chicago, IL
Jul 29 - Denise Knowles, Nashville, TN
Jul 29 - Rocky Lassiter, Newport News, VA
Jul 30 - David Beasley aka "BLAZZE" of GemCity Striderz, Dayton, OH
Jul 30 - Kina Aka Ms. Kina‏, Louisville Rail Ridaz's, Louisville, KY
Jul 30 – Markina (Thunda) Thompson, Louisville, KY
Jul 30 - Phil, Orchard Skateland, Towson, MD
Jul 30 – Tamla, San Diego, CA
Jul 30 – Huriya Abdullah, Kansas City, MO
Jul 31 - Wood, Kitty Kat Ladies, Skate 22, Union, NJ

July 17 – Rich and Karen, As The Wheels Turn Skate Club, Northern California, 39 years (2024)
July 18 – Milo and Patrice, Louisville, KY
July 18 – Denis (NYC/KY) and Patrice (CA/Sparkles)

Aug 4 - Lecia Williams, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 4 – Grayling "Gray Al" Albert of CCP, Columbus, OH
Aug 4 - Ah'ree "The Dove" Warren, Sisters In Motion, Newark, NJ
Aug 5 – Ty Coleman aka TC, Dallas bwo ATL
Aug 8 - Laura Lewis aka "Mrs3LRoller", Wickliffe, OH
Aug 9 - Karen Strickling "Sassy K", Indianapolis, IN
Aug 10 – Shlinda “Funsize”  Hardrick, Detroit, MI
Aug 14 - Lil Debbie aka Lil Bitz, Shake and Bake, Baltimore, MD
Aug 15 - Melissa Robinson, Wilmington, DE
Aug 16 - Skigh, Butterflys-N-Unity, DC/MD
Aug 17 - Sabrina “Breez” Buchanan, Middletown, DE bwo Brooklyn, NY
Aug 18 - DJ Wiz, ATL bwo Brooklyn
Aug 20 - Ginene, ATL bwo NY‏
Aug 21 - Michelle "ME~" Noble, Bay Area, CA
Aug 21 – David Tate, Detroit, MI
Aug 22 – Ne Ne aka Tootsie Roll, Nu Generation, VA Smooth Rollers, Hampton Roads, VA
Aug 24 – 1st Ladi Pres, Chicago Ruff Ryder Rollers
Aug 26 – Latisha Brown, Detroit, MI
Aug 29 - Howard L. Jenkins – Avid Roller Skater and Skate Instructor since 1969, San Diego, CA
Aug 30 - SaWanus "Lady Swan" LeGrand-Fleming, Forest Park, GA
Aug 30 - Tunisia Nichols, Virginia Skate Connection, Hampton, VA
Aug 31 - Cevelyne "Short Fuze" McCaulley, Dogg Pound Skate Crew, Huntsville, AL
Aug 31 - Gregory Allen, Midwest All-Stars, Milwaukee, WI

Aug 18 - Yogi White (Louisville RailRidaz) and LaTasha Marie "Shorty" White (Louisville Gurlz) of Louisville, Ky

Aug 23 - Big John and Stacie, Former members of Good Time Rollers, Suitland, MD.

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What's with BOB?

PHOENIX, AZ – SkateGroove is introducing something new, the BOB designation.  You may have noticed some of the rinks on the Rink Link pages and some businesses have the letters BOB next to their company name.  The BOB notates this is a Black Owned Business.  Please check your state’s page and if you see a rink that you can confirm is BOB, please send an email with that information to Desi at  In addition, if you know of any Hispanic (HOB) or Female Owned (FOB) that information is also being requested.

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Roll in Peace

NATIONWIDE – Hello SkateGroovers.  It is not widely known but since 2003, to preserve our history, SkateGroove has been keeping a database of beloved skaters who are no longer rolling with us.  There are many skaters not listed and I would like to ask for your assistance.  If have a loved one, family, friend or someone you rolled with that is not included on this list, please send an email with the skater’s first and last name, skate name/club/organization, date of passing (if known), city and state.  Here is a link to those names already collected.

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