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First, as a volunteer of the Hard Knox Roller Girls, I was excited to hear that we would be featured in the Metro Pulse, however, I was horrified when I read the piece. I want to give these ladies the shout out that they deserve. They are hard working, talented, and caring individuals. The HKRG is a family. When one is down they all show up to help out. Now with that being said, they do give their heart and soul to derby for the practices, 6+ hours a week, and to the bouts, which consume two full days of prep in order to make it happen. Let's not forget the volunteer hours that they must have in order to be eligible to play. Selling tickets, making public appearances, flyering, WFTDA business, league officers,and doing interviews are just some examples of things that have to be done in order to make this league a success. Each bout has a community outreach aspect,as the league is non-profit,taking donations and creating awareness about that group. The Young Williams Animal Shelter is the featured group for this weekend's bout.
"This is not your mother's Roller Derby." That is a popular saying in this sport. The only things that we share with the derby of the 70's is skates and the name. Leagues go through quite the application process to be accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. This is our sanctioning body, complete with rules, skills testing, annual convention, referee training and testing, and recognition. This is a legit sport with legit athletes and legit rules and penalties.
These ladies deserve better than this article and I hope that the Metro Pulse realizes that NO research was done in preparation of this article. I hope that they insist that the author give the Hard Knox girls the recognition that they truly deserve.
To the HKRG, love you girls and can't wait until this weekend.
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