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Does carrying your heavy skis to the slopes put a damper on your ski experience?

College News is about to introduce you to Ski-Z, a pocket-sized ski tote designed to ROLL your skis!

This amazing invention is quickly becoming the center of attention in ski industries around the world. It was recently unveiled on ABC’s famous Shark Tank and has been picking up massive speed in sales ever since.

Ski-Z is designed with a single wheel that simply attaches to the front of your skis with a handy Velcro strap. You can push it, pull it and turn it on a dime!

Ski-Z is the world’s first patented ski device designed to ROLL your skis, and it’s hitting the market NOW!

Kyle Allen is the inventor of this clever device, and we found his story intriguing.

Kyle came up with the clever idea of Ski-Z while he was on a family ski trip. His three daughters were young and not strong enough to carry their own skis, so he offered to carry them.

In the middle of his struggle to the slopes, he found himself thinking, “There must be an easier way!”

That night, he started brainstorming and found himself searching the web trying to find a solution to his problem. To his surprise, he found nothing!

Following his research, he went into his daughter’s closet, found a pair of rollerblades, and took them apart piece by piece. He took one of the wheels and looked for small gadgets around the house that would allow him to attach the wheel to his skis. Later, he took his homemade ski tote to have a molding created.

Last July, Kyle and his wife Tanya were in Denver, at a restaurant having dinner. Tanya asked her entrepreneur husband what project he wanted to focus on next. Kyle said his dream was to get his invention Ski-Z on the TV show Shark Tank.

Tanya reached for her phone and looked up Shark Tank audition dates and locations. They were shocked to find out that the last auditions for the year were one week from that day, and they were going to be held right there in Denver!

They quickly called their friend and business partner Nick Palermo. He was onboard to be on the show and “the next five months were crazy!”

From the first audition in Aspen, Colorado, to the live filming of Shark Tank in Culver City, California, Team Ski-Z were unstoppable! Their pitch was a huge success!

On December 2, they made a deal with Barbara Corcoran for $50,000 and 15 percent of their company.

Team Ski-Z and Barbara are currently on fire for Ski-Z and they are thrilled to be the first to bring Ski-Z to the students through College News!

Email info@skijunk.com. Also, please visit skijunk.com.

Volunteer For Thanksgiving

Ways to Volunteer for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is wonderful when you have a warm plate of turkey and stuffing in front of you and loved ones all around; unfortunately, not everyone gets that luxury. College is a great time for you to volunteer and experience new things—why not volunteer for Thanksgiving to make someone else’s holiday a little bit better?

Whether it’s making someone feel less lonely or giving food to the homeless, there are a great variety of schemes available for you to get involved in—it only takes a little bit of effort to make a big difference.

Feeding the homeless

The traditional way to volunteer for Thanksgiving is to help out at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. There you can help prepare or serve food as well as be there as a friend to the homeless this holiday. These kitchens are usually set up by local churches or charities, so it’s worth asking round about one in your area. These soup kitchens can be a little manic at this time of year, so expect to be shoved into an apron and thrown into the deep end! You’ll meet a wide variety of interesting people, and it might make you want to volunteer even more often.

Spend time with the elderly

There are many elderly people in America who struggle to get out of the house and may be feeling very lonely this Thanksgiving. Take the time to visit your elderly relatives over the break. Additionally, you could volunteer this Thanksgiving and visit an elderly care home and talk to the residents there—just make sure you ring up in advance to see if it will be okay for you to do so. Some places put on special events that you can help take part in, such as Thanksgiving bingo or mini-concerts where visitors sing and dance for the residents!

Spread love to our veterans

If you don’t have time to volunteer for Thanksgiving, there are alternative things you can do to help other people. A popular option is to organize care packages to send to troops overseas. Some people love to get creative with stickers and paint, making gift boxes look like a Thanksgiving explosion. If you don’t fancy that, then any soldier would at least appreciate a hand-written note. Try to focus less on edible items and forget those that won’t travel well. Instead, think about games and nick-nacks they may enjoy.

Care packages for Thanksgiving

You could also make a care package for the homeless—bulk-buy items, put them in ziplock bags and take to the streets to distribute them! You can include toothpaste, toothbrushes, snacks, menstrual products, a travel mug/plastic bottle and some cash. Don’t forget how cold it is at this time of year, especially at night on the street, so try and include some warming gloves, a scarf, a coat or some hand-warmers.

Further reading: Seven Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season