From Staff Reports
This Saturday, the undefeated Beckley Area Derby Dames will face off against the Jewel City Rollergirls at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the whistle blows at 7 p.m. for some live roller derby action.
Shank N. Stein, #11, said this is BADD’s first bout against Jewel City, and by coming to the event, you’ll be supporting a great cause.
A portion of the proceeds from bouts this season have benefited the Women’s Resource Center, the Pine Haven Center, and more, but “Country Roads Corruption” will benefit Terri’s Tribute, a memorial organization for Terri Lynne Massey, who passed away in October 2009 at age 39 after a four-year struggle with breast cancer.
The organization helps raise college scholarship money for Terri’s children, as well as other kids who have lost a parent to breast cancer.
Terri’s brother, Anthony Treadway, teamed up with Burn N Kell a few months ago to get the ball rolling on the event.
“I’m thrilled,” Treadway said. “I’m really excited. We’re always looking for ways to raise money.”
He said their golf tournament is the big fundraiser, but they need additional fundraisers to help out as well.
“We promote education as well. This organization gives kids who have lost a parent to cancer an opportunity to go to college.”
He said his family started the scholarship program because Terri left behind three small children when she passed away. He said through his experiences working with the scholarship, he has met a lot of kids out there who will be affected by cancer.
“When people support this, it really gets me excited because they’re helping support education for a kid who has been affected by a very unfortunate circumstance. We never know when it’s going to be us.”
Treadway said he plans on coming to the bout, and Burn N Kell has even reserved a special NSO (non-skating official) position for him.
“I will be jam timing for the bout,” Treadway said.
He said he was unsure of exactly what that job entails, but he’s sure the Dames will teach him on Saturday.
“Roller derby is new to me. I’m still learning, but the Dames have gotten me excited about it.”
Terri’s Tribute also donated the bright pink NSO shirts to BADD.
“We thought it would be great if we could get our logo on the shirts. It’s another opportunity for people to see our logo and learn more about our organization.”
The Dames are certainly excited about the bout; they plan to sport breast cancer awareness stickers on their helmets and some of the dames will even wear pink ribbon logo socks.
Supporting Terri’s Tribute isn’t the only reason why some of the Dames are excited, though — many of the ladies on the roster will be bouting for the first time Saturday.
Malice in Rollerland said excitement barely covers the range of the emotions she’s feeling.
“My brain feels like it’s going to explode whenever I try to actually think about it. I’m doing a lot of yoga to stay centered.”
Another first-time skater on the roster, Mitch Riot, said excitement is an understatement.
“Even my family is coming in from out of town to watch my official debut!”
Betta WarnHer added, “We were trained by the best, so I’m confident that with this group of girls we are going to pull off a great show. I’m honored to be a part of a team that gives back to the community and we get to have fun doing it.”
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children five and under get in free.
Cash only accepted at the door, but an ATM is on site.
For more information about the Dames or to purchase tickets, visit www.beckleyareaderbydames.com.