First I write about my body parts, scroll down to see a comprehensive list of ways you can help Rat City.
As you may have noticed roller derby has become something of a consuming passion for me. It’s challenged me and rewarded me in ways I never thought possible. Our derby sisters in Portland, the magnificent Wheels of Justice have done the best job I’ve seen of evoking what derby means to me.
2013 was the year of the calves. The year I learned to skate my calves grew so fast that I’d wake up in the night with growing pains. My increased muscle and good PT shrank my feet and cured my plantar faschitis within 6 months of coming down with it (turns out repeatedly carrying 40 pound bags up hills can create scar tissue & inflammation if your feet don’t have muscle to support it).
2014 was the year of thighs. I love how they’ve grown, and hamstrings to match. I look down or look in the mirror and think “I look like Wonder Woman!” I grew in my strength, challenged myself, grew in terms of what I can hold physically and emotionally. It’s been blood sweat and tears. It’s been teamwork, incredible highs and lows and frustration and being a part of a community that pushes itself and pushes each other. I grin from ear to ear every scrimmage night.
I want 2015 to be the year of the back. I can already feel my mid and lower traps growing. I want it to be the year I bust out chinups and find new depth to my practice. I want it to be full of lateral leaps and figuring out how to juke at long last. I want to hit people and send them flying. I want to give my opponents high fives after they utterly blow me up. I want to slam sideways through tight walls. I want to sit on people, frustrate the heck out of them and have them curse my arse.
Here’s the thing though, there won’t be a 2015 without support. When Rat City moved to our new amazing practice space in Shoreline we bit off more than we could chew. We’ve restructured, gone to all volunteer, got more tenants in, but we need help to get through the restructuring process. I think we’ll make it. I know we’ll make it. But we need help. Fortunately there are lots of options and they can be accessed by people around the world.
You are of course welcome and encouraged to pursue more than one option ;-)
Option 1 – send us your love digitally
Donate at Gofundme.
Option 2 – give us your love viscerally
Come to as many of our events as you can! Fundraising and fantastic training opportunities.
October 25 – Bar Night with the Rat City Roller Girls at MVP. Kareoke, costume contest and setup is full of sweet arcade games. October 25 – Alex DeLarge (aka Jill McVey, DPT, ATC) presents The Well Balanced Shoulder. If you find injuries keeping you on the sideline or want learn skills to keep yourself injury-free, you want her brainmeats. October 26 – Alex DeLarge presents The Well Balanced Skater: hydration, nutrition, and cross training concepts. November 1 – Throwback Scrimmage, Champs viewing party and bake sale. The scrimmage is co-ed. I’m not entirely sure what a throwback scrimmage will be like, but I’m going to skate in it. It might get pretty wild. November 8 – Officially Reviewed. Training for Referees and NSOs “Every referee and NSO knows, there is truly no better way to up your game than in-game feedback and critique. With that in mind, RCRG officials Reed d’Rulz, Nine Inch Wheels, Eric RAWK and Sir Osis are joining forces to put together a unique scrimmage training opportunity November 8, 2014 at the Rats Nest.” Papa Getsome will be videoing the scrimmage too. Thank you!
- November 13-15 – ArtSplosion Art Gala (grand opening with live music on Thursday November 13) Love art and roller derby? The Rat City Rollergirls will be hosting an art gala & silent auction starting November 13 through November 15th. Free admission.
- November 15 – The Debutant Brawl, starring the Seattle Derby Brats and Rat City’s newest league members.
Option 3 – give us your love creatively
Momentum is an important thing. Joy and creativity are important things. The more people who hear about our call to arms the more people are likely to come helps us. Please help us spread the word and put cool images into the world.
- Grab a Band-Aid
- Write #SaveRatCity on it
- Affix it (put it on your face, your dog, your dragon, your bloody handprints, your halloween) take a photo, and either post it on Instagram with #SaveRatCity on it OR e-mail your image to me.
- For extra points put words like Donate at gofundme.com/SaveRatCity in the comments of your Instagram post :-)
- Tweet it, facebook it, Livejournal it. Tell me how awesome you are in comments so I may shower you with my virtual love beams.
- Go and look at the cool eye candy you made at http://saveratcity.com/
Thank you for any help, be it a bandaid, words of love, sharing the word or much needed cashmonies. I send you virtual love beams. Thank you.