Putting her own spin on bringing a unique perspective on sport and physical activity has been Sandy Spin Slade’s mission since the age of 12. As the creator of SKILLASTICS®, Sandy developed herself into a basketball-spinning Phenom during her early teenage years that eventually grew to performing arena-rousing NBA halftime shows for more than 20 years. Her skills have been featured on a GameBoy National TV Commercial, as a double for Halle Berry in the movie CatWoman, and was the subject of a documentary entitled; Sandy Spin Slade: Beyond Basketball. However, Sandy Spin Slade’s performing and entertaining years were only the foundation for her quest to make a difference.
She revolutionized the educational market by introducing Skillastics°, oversize board games that allow all children to have a positive experience being physically active by engaging in a variety of fitness and sport skills. Skillastics° series of games (Fitness, Fitness Xtreme, BFit4 Winter, STEM, Character is Cool, Let’s Move in School, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Halfpint and Halfpint Bilingual, and Be Fit 2 Learn Skillastics° Math) continues to blaze trails, and is enjoyed by more than 10 million children at over 25,000 educational settings across the nation and around the world. Her Skillastics° games have been endorsed by organizations like the United States Tennis Association (USTA), American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), USA Volleyball, and the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE). “Spin’s” innovative games continue to inspire hundreds of thousands worldwide to enjoy all the benefits physical activity provides.
Sandy is also a sought-after speaker and presenter at Physical Education and Afterschool conferences nationwide. She has presented at more than 500 state, regional, and national conferences. Her commitment and enthusiasm for developing activities that are appropriate for all ages and abilities is truly inspiring.
In January 2017, Sandy’s alma mater, Solon Springs High School in northern Wisconsin, named its gymnasium “The Sandy Spin Slade Gymnasium” in her honor.