With this post, total views of my blog will exceed 400,000. You may want to read some of the 528 previous ones.
Last week the New York Shock Exchange were on CNBC at the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange (glad they saw the connection and humor in it) and really did a great job explaining modern Derby and the Brown Paper Tickets blood drives (they and the Gotham Girls and Suburbia Roller Derby all participated) to on air people who had no idea that Roller Derby was in existence.
I watched in amazement. Not only are the Gotham Girls the best women’s team in the world, but there have been so many features on them in all media. They have been in existence for a dozen years (the Stock Exchange for 10); over 59,000 likes on their Facebook page….and on and on.
So obviously that is one fight for recognition and stature that is still to be fought.
Ironically, with the Olympics in the forefront, can anyone say there is a more pure and honest sport than Roller Derby, requiring so much sacrifice and dedication on behalf of its participants.
So who gets credit for modern Derby and the 1900 women, men and junior leagues that participate in it in 60 countries throughout the world?
Not me nor my father, who saw our game end in 1973.
I am honored by the connection to the original game, but this sport would have never emerged if it hadn’t been for the efforts of not only the women in Austin, but of those throughout the country (and the world) who shaped what has occurred.
So make of this modern version of what you want: a game created by women for women; a sport that men are enjoying, as are the juniors and recreational participants. It is yours and be proud and work with all others who are skating the game in some form and open it up to the world.
All of us, the old and the new, will be happy.