Sunday, July 1, 2012

Vive Le Roller Derby

Blogger's Note: This e-mail I received from Roller Derby maven Patty Fetterman gives us the low-down on an important upcoming bout on Bastille Day!

As you may know, Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars are in the middle of our first official roller derby season.

To date, we’ve hosted six roller derby bouts at the 422 sportsplex, each bout averaging about 400 to 500 guests.

Part of our league's mission is to donate a percentage of our ticket sales from each bout to local non-profits.

This year alone we’ve donated over $2,500 to Relay for Life, Wounded Warriors, and the Laurel House as well as a few other groups.

On  July 14, the Pottstown Roller Derby All Star Team will compete against Diamond State Roller Girls who are traveling from Delaware.

What is special about our All Star Team is that it is made up of our best athletes from our league’s three teams. We are very fortunate to have an opportunity to see the such derby skill locally.

PRDR has been fortunate enough to have held coaching sessions with several of the Team USA Roller Derby members who are known internationally.

A picture of Dr. Quinones from his web site.
Perhaps even more important that the athleticism featured at our July 14 bout is who we are raising money for:  Dr. Quinones, or “Dr. Q,”one of the nation’s leading experts on fighting brain tumors.  (His website is here:

What makes this extra special for our league is that Dr. Q is currently treating Lida Dickenson, who is the mother of our founder and president (Lo Blow) Lida Addison.   Besides being the beloved “Mama Lida” to the members of our league, Mrs. Dickenson is lifelong Pottstown resident who is responsible for the gorgeous flowers that decorate High Street planters every year.

Dr. Q has had a profound impact on Mama Lida’s health; she is courageously fighting a battle with brain cancer and she is with us today because of his innovation and skill.

So buy your tickets now, see your Rockstars destroy those Delawarians and help a good person beat cancer. This is a no-lose proposition!

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