Donate: The DC Rollergirls Need a Practice Space!
Since the DC Rollergirls first strapped their skates on in 2006, we have been fighting for a home. We’ve skated in parking garages, on concrete, at Hains Point dodging cars and at every roller rink and sportsplex between Reston and Rockville. We’re lucky enough to be able to bout at the DC Armory, but we can’t afford to also practice there. Without a permanent practice space, we’re unsure of our future as DC’s premier Roller Derby league.
We’re not hanging up our skates just yet, because with your help we have a sustainable solution.
We need $25,000. We’ve been saving up for years, but as most of you know, DC rent is sky high, and we just can’t afford to rent a warehouse.
Why it’s Sustainable:
Once we have a warehouse home, our overhead costs will reduce dramatically. We’ll be able to consolidate the money we now spend on rentals into one space that we have access to 24/7, thereby saving hundreds of dollars each month. Also, we’ll be able to raise funds through our proposed rec league, junior league, hosted scrimmages with local leagues and skating workshops.
What we will do with our warehouse:
Did you know that the DC Rollergirls have 6 teams? This season, our DC All-Stars played an amazing 20 bouts! They skyrocketed from starting the season ranked 11th in the WFTDA Eastern Region to coming out of the WFTDA Eastern Regional Playoff Tournament in 6th place (out of nearly 40 teams in the region)! Our “B” team, the Capital Offenders, currently are unable to find practice space to skate together more than once or twice right before a bout. Having a warehouse space for practice would mean the continued rise of our All-Stars! Our four home teams, The Cherry Blossom Bombshells, The DC DemonCats, The Majority Whips and Scare Force One need a place to practice, too!
Roller derby is a growing sport and we want to make sure that it continues growing. Having a dedicated warehouse space means we can launch a Junior League, raising the next batch of rollergirls. Roller derby is a tough team sport that teaches women and girls to be powerful in their own bodies. We want to be able to share that with the girls in our community.
Right now, DCRG is a highly competitive league that requires A LOT commitment. Skaters must pass through several rigorous tryouts before they get to skate with DCRG. The solution? Our newly formed Rec League. A recreational roller derby league will allow skaters to learn derby from current and retired DCRG skaters and keep fit!
Workshops and Scrimmages:
Roller Derby is an international community. Our warehouse will allow us to reach out to roller derby leagues up and down the East Coast and around the world. We will be able to host training workshops and invite teams to scrimmage and play us anytime, on our own turf.
DCRG is looking for community partners, too. We would love to be able to open our warehouse to different community groups who need space!
We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so your donation is tax-deductible.
The Bottom Line
Roller Derby Saved My Soul: If you don’t know anyone who plays roller derby, you might think this is a little over the top. You would be wrong. DC Rollergirls is a lifeline to our skaters. Roller derby takes over our lives — in the best possible way.