By Wendy Holdren
The Beckley Area Derby Dames (BADD) will host their second home bout of the season Saturday against the Greenbrier Roller Vixens of Lewisburg.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center and the whistle blows at 7 p.m.
That whistle will be blown by none other than the CEO of the YMCA of Southern West Virginia, Jay Rist.
Rist will serve as “jam timer” for the bout, where he will signal the start of the jams and blow the whistle again if the jam lasts for a full 2 minutes.
The Derby Dames donate a portion of the proceeds from each home roller derby bout to a local charity or non-profit organization, and this bout will benefit the Y.
“First and foremost, it’s a real privilege to have the relationship we have with the Derby Dames,” Rist said. “For this particular bout, some of the proceeds will go to the Y and we appreciate them supporting the Y. They work not only for our non-profit, but with other agencies to raise money for them, too.”
Rist said he is looking forward to being a part of the bout and thanked the dames for the opportunity.
Public Relations Officer Burn N Kell said ever since BADD organized the team, the Y has been extremely supportive.
“The relationship has been wonderful with the YMCA. We’re excited to give back to them since they’ve done such a wonderful job giving back to us.”
Burn N Kell said Rist has always been one of BADD’s biggest supporters, so the team wanted to find a way for him to join the fun without having to be on skates.
The team offered Rist to be an NSO, or non-skating official, and he said he jumped at the opportunity.
“I’m excited,” Kell said. “We love the Y. All of our girls go to the Y regularly and we love how they give back to the community as well.”
As for BADD’s opponents, the Greenbrier Roller Vixens, Kell said there is a great camaraderie between the teams.
“They’re like our sisters. It’s going to be a good time.”
The Dames invite everyone out to the family-friendly event. They welcome the kids to join the team on the track afterward for photos and autographs.
Advance tickets can be purchased from a Derby Dame for $10. Advance online tickets are $11 at www.beckleyconventioncenter.com or $12 at the door. Admission for kids ages 6 to 12 is $5 and admission is free for kids 5 and under.
Last year, the Derby Dames went undefeated and they are already off to a great start this season, as they won their first home bout against Five 40 Roller Girls of Fredericksburg, Va., 213 to 111.
For a full bout schedule or to learn more about BADD, visit www.beckleyareaderbydames.com.
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