It's that time of year - the stores are littered with red and pink teddy bears, flowers, and chocolates; the radio and television commercials for jewelry have gotten even more insistent that your special gal really deserves a tennis bracelet; and children are coming home with class lists for their sweetheart parties. Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a holiday that doesn't pass by unnoticed.
In the spirit of the season, Duke City Roller Derby would like to celebrate and profess our undying love to ourselves and our sport. We asked some of our members what they love about roller derby and our league culture, and here are some of the answers we received:
"The sisterhood of amazing strong women/skaters!"
"Strong players who support each other to grow!"
"I love how we listen to and respect each other, on and off the track. "
"I love how many of my teammates are similarly obsessed with cats, science, and tacos. "
"They always push you to do better because they know you can. "
"DCRD accepts me exactly as I am, regardless of how accepting I feel about myself."
"Some of the best friends I have made that I can't imagine life without!"
Roller derby, as we all know, isn't just about skating fast, turning left, and hittin' @$%!es. It's about community, respect, and helping each other find the strength to keep going when you don't think you can anymore - and that sounds a lot like true love to me.
Thank you for being our Valentine, DCRD.