Help Us Grow Roller Derby in Miami — Allstar Slots Contest
This is our entry for the allstarslots.com competition, which allows us to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to improve our fresh meat program!
WE ARE MIAMI ROLLER DERBY
Who are Miami's Vice City Rollers?
Miami’s Vice City Rollers is the only women’s flat track roller derby league in Miami, Florida. The women in our league come from all walks of life, from stay-at-home moms to professional business women, ages 18 to over 40. Our mission is to foster an inviting and competitive environment for roller derby in Miami. Roller derby skaters are not paid to participate in the sport, they pay to skate. It is a sport run by skaters for skaters. As an all-female-run organization, we believe in promoting a strong, positive, athletic image to the Miami community and being positive role models for women of all ages. Women's flat track roller derby is the fastest growing sport in the nation and we are excited to offer our community an opportunity to join the empowering sport of roller derby.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, our skaters, coaching staff, referees, and officials volunteer their efforts because of their passion for the sport. MVCR enjoys giving back through our involvement in various organizations and charities, and we consider it a privilege to educate our communities about the sport of roller derby. Our commitment to the team is simply for the love of derby and our community. We are athletes hoping to continue to enrich the lives of people both on and off the track. Our long-term goals are:
- Facilitate a roller derby movement within Miami by creating teams who compete against each other at home in addition to our all-star travel team
- Become an official team of the national Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)
- Rent or own an indoor space for practicing and holding bouts
- Grow our diverse group of women who focus on community involvement, athleticism, nutrition, and safety while having fun
What would we do if we won All Star Slot's contest?
As the only roller derby league located in Miami, we are constantly getting new members wanting to try on their skate legs in our rink. Seeing the numbers of interested skaters rise, we decided to create a “Roller Derby 101 - Fresh Meat” program at the beginning of this year. MVCR is excited to continue expanding and growing in our community. With this program, all of our focus goes into giving women of all ages the chance to try out the sport we all have come to love.
Roller derby is a fast past contact sport and we emphasize the importance of proper safety equipment (including but not limited to a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and a mouth guard) and proper derby skates. SAFETY is our number 1 priority amongst our skaters.
Most of the current equipment MVCR uses has been worn down by consistent use. The few pairs of skates we do have were given to us by a local skating rink that was closing down. The money would help our team buy the most expensive piece of equipment that the Fresh Meat might not want to invest in just yet: a good pair of skates. The yellow pads in the photo above are our rental gear, and with a growing number of recruits, we could definitely benefit from some new equipment.
Should we win All Star Slot’s contest, MVCR would be able to offer sets of safety gear and skates for the rising derby athletes in our community, who may not otherwise be able afford them. With this, we would not only improve our retention rate for our Fresh Meat, but we would also provide a platform where we can educate these women on the importance of athleticism, nutrition, and safety. Most importantly it will allow them to become a part of a sisterhood of strong women and join a support system for life.