NRD gave rookies and fans a special Valentine last Saturday at the Debutante Brawl. This free event was quite the debut for our NRD rookies who were joined by rookies from the Ashland Assassins.
Photograph by Jack Tomlinson
These skaters overcame candy heart withdrawal and their pre-bout nerves to had a great time – photographer Jack Tomlinson even captured them doing a whip.
You can find more photos of this debut on our Facebook page, the Facebook event page, and on flickr (NRD’s flickr group page, Jennifer Garnett’s photo set, and more photos from Jack Tomlinson). A big thanks to Rollerworks Family Skating Center and everyone who came out to watch! We heart each of you!
Some of our skaters missed the bout to deliver a Valentine of a different kind to our sponsor, Catoctin Creek, by volunteering at the Loudoun Grown Expo. This was our third year helping with this event and it went so well that Catoctin Creek invited us to their Purcellville distillery for the afternoon on March 16 – come for a tour and stayed for an NRD-poured tasting!
If you also missed the Debutante Brawl, we have several bouts coming up—shove is in the air, after all—including our season opener on March 22 at the Michael and Sons Sportsplex at Dulles. Our all-star travel team faces Penn Jersey Roller Derby’s She Devils after the battle for the Iron Throne, a league mixer that pits Lannister against Stark. Complete details for the bout are on the event page. This year our bouts will be starting a bit earlier; doors will open at 1pm for this double header and the first whistle of the mixer will be at 2pm. Season passes for all of our home bouts are also available – save even more on all of our bouts by getting yours today!
If you can’t wait until next month for a bout, never fear: the travel team has two bouts coming up. First, this Saturday, the Skate Troopers will be skating in Richmond in the Ashland Assassin’s first bout – an exhibition bout dubbed Block N Roll. Then March 8 they will be playing the Atlantic Coast Rollergirls Hurricane Janes in their season opener in Sewell, NJ.
The league is also doing a lot to fulfill the second part of our motto, Skate Hard, Give Back—our Valentine to the community. While the Troopers are tearing it up in Richmond this Saturday, a group of dedicated skaters will be taking a dip in the icy waters of the Potomac to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. There’s still time to support us with a donation and get us above the $4,000 mark!
On March 13, some of our skaters, their partners, and children will be participating in a St. Baldrick’s Day event, either shaving their heads or volunteering at the event to raise money for childhood cancer research and awareness! Join us or donate and be sure to come out to support these brave and giving folks!