NOVA Roller Derby’s end of May theme song could (and probably should) be the hit from The LEGO® Movie: Everything is AWESOME!!!
Today is the long-awaited St. Baldrick’s Day event, in which a group of us are shaving our heads in solidarity with children cancer and to raise money for childhood cancer research. The shavees and other volunteers, some of whom raised donations to not shave their heads, have raised over $12,000 for this event so far – there is still time to donate!
Tomorrow, we have our 2014 Fresh Meat Tryouts! Tryouts are free and registration is still open! We welcome skaters of all skill levels and abilities: everyone has something to offer on the track and you won’t find a better way to get fit, make friends, and give back to your community. We also are always looking for volunteers to help referee, NSO and, run our bouts – get in touch with us if you’re interested in getting involved that way too!
We had a great bout May 17, a mixed scrimmage with guest skaters from the Ashland Assassins, Battlefield Roller Derby, DC Roller Girls, and the Freedom Belles. The theme was loosely based on the movie Mean Girls, with the Plastics (white) facing the Burnouts (black). The Burnouts pulled ahead early in the bout and won, 99 to 38. MVPs were Lap’er Faster (blocker) and Cinnamon Burn (jammer) for the Plastics, Susan B Animosity (blocker) and yours truly (jammer) – congratulations everyone!
This was truly a fun bout to skate in with our derby friends from other leagues in the area. If you’re a skater and wished you’d been able to participate, don’t fret – registration is open until July 1 for our second annual Good vs. Evil Regional Mixer on July 19.
Last weekend, over 30 of us traveled to Providence, Rhode Island for Northeast Derby Convention 2014. Every year since our founding, we’ve grown and every year since 2012 we’ve had more skaters at NEDC—this year we even had several people there off-skates—learning new skills from some of the best coaches and skaters in the derby world. Here we are at the end of a long incredible day taking over part of the stands for the All Star scrimmage:
One of the most enjoyable events we’ve participated in since last year’s Herndon AARP Classic Car Show was the Fauquier High School Car, Truck and Tractor show to benefit the FHS Falcon Band Organization. A group of skaters from NOVA Roller Derby wore 1950’s-style dresses and wore skates to car hop for the car owners. We also helped hand out awards at this event and very much enjoyed this chance to wear floofy dresses.
This Saturday, we’ll be at Herndon Festival. We have a booth and will also be helping the organizers run the event: come find us! We’ll be in our derby-finest and some of us will even be on skates!
Everything *is* awesome!