Reasons to Join - Retailers
Educate, Represent and Service
As a retailer of sports and fitness goods, you are uniquely positioned within the industry. Operating successfully requires staying current on the latest consumer trends, understanding how regulatory changes could affect how you and your suppliers do business, and knowing where the industry is going next. SFIA has you covered—join today, and read below to learn how SFIA membership specifically benefits retailers of sports and fitness goods.
Your Concern: Digesting in-depth research and understanding trends
The SFIA Solution: A series of 60-minute research webinars. Designed to highlight key insights from the major SFIA Reports, including the State of the Industry, Trends in Team Sports Report, and Tracking the Fitness Movement Report, these presentations feature insights from recognized industry researchers and are free to any employee from an SFIA member company – a savings $249 per webinar.
You Concern: Staying current on pressing industry challenges
The SFIA Solution: The Thought Leadership Webinar Series offers timely insights, analysis, and expertise. Webinars are offered throughout the year and are free to any employee of an SFIA member company, a savings of $249 per person. Recent topics include:
- Product Safety & Recalls - SFIA members are on the inside track for information on current and future changes to product safety regulations, including SFIA’s advocacy for the industry to Congress, CPSC and other regulatory bodies.
Your Concern: Making connections within the sports and fitness industry
The SFIA Solution: Forge valuable new connections, establish partnerships, and maintain current relationships in the industry at thought leadership events that include the executive-level Industry Leaders Summit, regulatory-focused Litigation, Regulatory & Risk Management Summit, annual High School & Collegiate Team Sports Rules Conference, and advocacy-focused National Health Through Fitness Day.
Your Concern: Navigating complicated legal and regulatory concerns
The SFIA Solution: The SFIA Legal Task Force provides members with access to a group of sports and fitness industry legal experts, located across the country, who can offer guidance and assistance when a member comes across an urgent legal hurdle. The Legal Task Force also gathers and disseminates pressing legal developments to the industry, keeping members current on the ever-changing landscape of legal risk and regulatory threats.
Your Concern: The Inactivity Pandemic
The SFIA Solution: Launched in September 2014, the Increase Participation Plan is the biggest initiative the sports and fitness industry has undertaken to increase participation. SFIA, working closely with industry partner PHIT America, are executing a two pronged plan to combat the inactivity pandemic and get 1 million kids active again by 2020.
- Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act: The PHIT Act is legislation pending in Congress which will allow Americans to use Pre-Tax Medical Accounts to pay for physical activity expenses. The PHIT Act will provide an incentive for adults and their children to get fit which will help prevent healthcare costs related to preventable chronic diseases.
- Go! Grants: GO! Grants are $1,000 to $5,000 grants to elementary schools to spark and sustain physical activity programs that take place before, during or after the school day. The funds may be used for equipment, facilities, professional development for adults and programs that increase students’ physical activity to the recommended 60 minutes or more per day. Grants are available in all states and the District of Columbia.
Ready to take advantage of these member benefits? Join SFIA today.
Questions about membership? Contact John Peters, Senior Director, Sales & Membership Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.