UNH Skate Club rolls onto campus


Photo courtesy of Charger Bulletin/Sdara Funches.

Benjamin Norodom speaks at the Skate Club Meeting, West Haven, March 7, 2023.

Everybody should buckle up because a newly Recognized Student Organization (RSO) is rolling onto campus. Make room for the University of New Haven Skate Club, which recently had their first general meeting this past Thursday afternoon in the Alumni Lounge.
On the UNH Skate Club’s Instagram page @unh_riders_club, there is a slide presentation in their bio. The slideshow has a “lesson of the day” that covers different topics such as the types of skates used, tricks and cruise styles. This online presentation shows just how much the club leader knows about skating, along with how much prospective members can learn.
The UNH Skate Club’s Instagram bio also said that “non-riders, casuals, and newcomers are welcome” to the club. That point is emphasized further by the club founder and president, Benjamin Norodom, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. Norodom said, “Anyone who’s interested are welcome to join.”
New campus clubs often do not get enough attention when they first start out, so Norodom is trying to get the word out to as many people as possible. Spreading this information involves creating posters, posting about the club on Instagram and talking to mutual contacts. Norodom also mentioned having members showing off their skating skills in public to raise awareness.
Nobody goes through the process of pitching their RSO to the administration, networking with potential members and looking for funding unless they want to see their passions reflected on campus. When asked about the motivation behind starting the UNH Skate Club, Norodom said, “I wanted to share my passion of skating, and I wanted to unite the UNH community through skating.”
While the club does not have a Charger Connection page, you can keep up with any events they hold by checking their Instagram page @unh_riders_club.