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I am the Coach of the Hard Knox Rollergirls. I tried to post my thoughts earlier. But, somehow they are not here. Originally I was told by your photographer, Sheena, that this would be a photo essay. Had that been the case, this story would have been grand. Sheena's pictures alone told a far better story than Mr. Maldonado's poor attempt at a "behind the scenes" story. To use the terminology and degrading phrases to describe my team is nothing less than a direct slap in the face. These WOMEN play and work harder to participate in a SPORT for no pay and now, thanks to your lacking knowledge, no respect. I invite you, Charles , to participate in just one official Hard Knox practice. Since, I feel this probably will never happen, I also invite you to sit bench side and observe a Coach and TEAM participate in a real sport. You will see that there is nothing staged nor choreographed. You will definitely see quick thinking, amazing stamina, and brilliant strategies. You sometimes also see teams that continue to play with the same heart and effort even if they fall 100 points behind in a game. I hope your misinformed article has not frightened away potential family fans. Your descriptions were inaccurate and not very family-friendly. We love our young fans. They are actually one of the reasons for the face paint. I have signed more autographs for children than anyone else. Fortunately, I will have a couple of hours to give the public true facts about Hard Knox and the sport of Roller Derby. I will be interviewed on a local radio station tomorrow morning. You should tune in.You might learn something.
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