Tuesday, December 11, 2012

LVRG 2013 LVRG Season Schedule and Our New Captains

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls are proud to announce their 2013 season schedule, listed below.  And, with the start of the 2013 season shortly approaching us, we would like to take the time to introduce the Captain of the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls’ (LVRG) Hissy Fits, Lin Diesel and the Captain of the Special Vixens Unit, Wayward Stay. We asked them both a few questions about their start with LVRG and asked them to give us their insight into the new season.

Lin Diesel, Hissy Fits Captain
Lin Diesel, now entering her 6th season on the team and Wayward Stay, entering her 4th season, are both strong role models as captains because they lead by example.  Lin Diesel started with the team because she saw an article in the local GO Guide with full color pictures of the team in all their glory and she said to herself, "I have to do this." Wayward Stay started with the team when a friend asked her to join her in learning how to do some basic derby skills at a local clinic. She hasn’t stopped skating since.

Both women have held board of director positions with LVRG, and actively hold other professional careers. Wayward Stay is the photo director for a local bicycling magazine, and Lin Diesel is the transportation manager for the Active Learning Center and Lehigh Valley Martial Arts.

Wayward Stay, Special Vixens Unit Captain
When asked what it meant to be the Captain of their respective teams, this is how they responded. Wayward Stay stated “it means a lot to know that my teammates trust me with the responsibility.”  Lin Diesel responded by saying “being the captain means I can bring my positive influence to practice every time and try to keep my teammates motivated to be the best players they can be. I can encourage everyone to learn the new rules and we can implement them as we learn together.”

Every year, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls hold open recruiting for new skaters. Here is the advice that both captains have for our new recruits.  Wayward Stay said “don't give up.  It may seem scary at first, but after you fall a few times, you realize it's not so bad.  Don't be intimidated by the vets on the team.  They are your greatest resource for learning the game.  And mostly, give it a try!  Nothing is worse than a missed opportunity.” Lin Diesel added, “my advice for the new recruits is you can do anything you put your mind to. If you do not know the game, we will teach you. It will be up to you to push yourself forward but you do not have to do it alone. There are multiple resources for you to learn, and with commitment and dedication, you can move forward and become part of this great organization.”

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls are excited to have both women as our captains and look forward to them leading us to many victories this season. For information about ordering season tickets, please email us at : contactus@lehighvalleyrollergirls.com


2/16/13:           HOME --Pink vs. Black (Interleague bout)
3/09/13:           HOME --Hissy Fits vs.  Ithaca
4/06/13:           HOME --Hissy Fits vs. Mother State
4/27/13:           HOME --Special Vixens Unit vs. Black Rose
6/15/13:           AWAY -Special Vixens Unit vs. Iron Mtn
7/13/13:           HOME --Hissy Fits vs. New River Valley
8/10/13:           AWAY --Special Vixens Unit vs. Ithaca
8/24/13            HOME - -Hissy Fits vs. Salisbury
9/07/13:           HOME --Special Vixens Unit vs. Iron Mtn
9/28/13:           AWAY-- Hissy Fits vs. Cape Fear
10/19/13:         HOME -Pink vs. Black (Interleague bout)
11/9/13:           HOME --Battle in the Valley Tournament

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls Give Back to the Community

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls (LVRG) are dedicated to providing an opportunity for women athletes to achieve their maximum potential, both athletically and intellectually through the sport of roller derby.

However, LVRG does more than just skate; we give back to the community. Our members are proud to be positive role models in the community through our continued volunteer efforts on and off the track. 

This season, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem.  LVRG members visited the club throughout the year, interacting with the children by playing games with them, by doing crafts together and by spending the much needed quality time they deserve.  Also, many of the Boys and Girls Club members were our special VIP guests throughout the season and came to watch our games. They each had front row seats to all of the hard hitting action.

Throughout the season to continue our efforts to support the Boys and Girls Club, LVRG collected items for donation such as toys, toiletries and other necessities. The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls also were able to raise $1000 through fundraising, and presented a check to the foundation during the final bout of the season. The Boys and Girls Club indicated that the financial donation from LVRG will not only keep the electric on at the club during the winter months, but it will allow them to run the heat while the children are there as well.  The donated items will be the children’s Christmas presents this year.

This season, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls also participated in a charity event called “Together We Can,” sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Conference of Churches. This event is a major fundraiser for their soup kitchen, which just fed over 300 people during the week of super storm Hurricane Sandy.  The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls were the skating models for the events’ fashion show.  Each girl modeled two outfits, and many of the attendees purchased the clothing we modeled to donate to the cause.  All the clothing was purchased from local thrift stores - the message was that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be fashionable.  In addition to the fashion show, there was an art auction and a person who played the harp.  A $40 ticket to the event fed 150 people, so the $32,000 that was raised will feed 120,000 in the Lehigh Valley.

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls believe in supporting our community and we look forward to continuing these efforts in the 2013 season.

WFMZ News Article on "Together We Can"