Part of the reason I started this blog was to share the things I loved about Hanover and to learn about new events, activities and traditions from other. The community has so many great things that fall between the cracks for so many people.
The Black Rose Rollers fall into that category for me. I know about them (and may even know some people on the team), but have never really delved that deeply into what they do. I remember roller derby from television growing up, but know what the BRR do is real sport and not some show for folks with insomnia. I just haven’t taken the time to check them out.
Thankfully, Aumen Media produced a short documentary on the team. I strongly recommend taking five minutes to give it a watch.
All it takes is a quick surf around the BRR website or Facebook page to see that this is more than just a lark for these ladies. They have an incredible commitment to their sport and a desire to use that sport to help the community. These are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends. In fact, tonight they have a fundraiser to help a team member’s young son who is fighting leukemia. The group has really stepped up to help one of their own in need.
The Rollers don’t have any games scheduled right now, but found out this week that they have gained full membership in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body for the sport. This comes after a year as an apprentice member so they definitely are going places.
I don’t fully know what this means in terms of roller derby, but I do like seeing a local organization gain a stronger foothold in their community. I’ll have to try harder to go out and support the ladies in 2013.