Your Silicon Valley Roller Girls love, love, love derby. What you may not know is the extent to which we devote our time and money to our sport. We’re a totally self-run nonprofit organization, which means that each skater on the team supports herself. It ain’t cheap to get geared up (for example, a new pair of skates will set you back $100-$600, a set of wheels can run $40-$90, a complete set of pads $60-$90…not to mention helmets, mouthguards, socks, stockings, practice jerseys, uniforms, etc.), and we use team funds and our own money to cover the expenses of traveling for away games. Plus, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a girl who hasn’t sunk a couple hundred bucks on medical bills during her career. Here is a recent article documenting the financial crisis for girls playing our DIY sport.
That’s why we need your help. The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be holding a costumed Skate-o-thon on October 19 at San Jose Skate. You are welcome to come watch–a $5 donation will get you in the door, and if you come in costume, you can compete in our costume contest!
We are asking our friends, families, and fans to give us a hand and help us raise funds for next season. You can pledge a per-lap donation to an individual skater by contacting her individually, or visit our homepage to donate via PayPal. Through PayPal, you can make a team donation or support an individual skater’s efforts by writing her name in the comments when you make your donation. Some skaters are also on Facebook and have ChipIn on their profiles if you prefer to donate that way.
As always, SVRG thanks you for your support!