What We Are Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Now that Thanksgiving is only a couple days away, it's safe to say that the holidays are upon us. It's easy to get all caught up in searching for gifts, decorating, and preparing food (and baking lots of holiday cookies!) which is why we want to take a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for this season. Here is what the Outfit is grateful for this Thanksgiving:

"I created a poll on the Derby over 40 Facebook page a few days ago that asked at what age did you start to play Roller Derby. 417 people answered and I was shocked that 237 of them started at 40 years or older!!!!! 111 of them including myself started between 37-39. How awesome is it that we have a sport that welcomes us at any age and we get to play together. Roller Derby doesn’t categorize us by age. I’m thankful for that."

-Aimageddon #213

"I’m thankful for my husband who takes care of our son up to four times per week so that I can play derby!"

-Ronnie Maims Dio #9

"I had so many opportunities to grow over these last 2 seasons with the Outfit. It still kind of amazes me to think about where I was when I started and where I am now. The changes in my confidence, ability, and willingness to step into leadership roles are all pretty unbelievable. I'm not sure what I would be doing right now if I had not joined the Outfit but it would probably not be as awesome. Thanks for allowing me the chance to become a real badass."

-Rowan Shade #13

"I'm thankful for hot showers after a three hour practice."

-Fox Force #5

"I'm thankful for wonderful teammates who have taught me so much in such a short time."

-Commander Shephurt #23

"With all of the craziness and challenges that many of us have experienced, here we are on the other side of it standing strong! I'm thankful for my mother and stepfather, but I'm truly thankful to my skate family who redefines family with each passing year."

-Korben Dallas #53

"I'm so, so grateful for my wonderful teammates, who are some of the most encouraging and supportive humans I've met."

-Bettie Slay #718

Eve ILL is grateful for roller derby! Photo credit: Ronnie Maims Dio

Eve ILL is grateful for roller derby! Photo credit: Ronnie Maims Dio

-Eve ILL #77