A Love Letter to The Outfit

AltheaN. Hell's First Scrimmage Back, 2014. Feelin' the love! Dear Chicago Outfit,

I love you!

Quack!

Lately, I have been doing a lot of introspective thinking about my time on The Outfit, and this has helped me realize exactly why I am in love with my league. When I joined The Outfit, I had no idea what I was getting into, and soon, my time was consumed by working to help make this league great. In so doing, I have formed bonds and friendships that will last much longer than my time as a skater. When you go through struggle with others, you are automatically bound in some way with those people. I look back at The Outfit’s first season, and I consider the amount of blood, sweat and tears we shed, it is absolutely no wonder why I am still friends with skaters who have since hung up their skates. This league is truly a family for me, and I look at each season with its new set of challenges, not as a reason to give up or move on, but rather another opportunity to strengthen my Outfit Family. Certain seasons have been easier, while others have been more trying, but one thing is for sure: I have gone through each season with my family members, and we have come out stronger as a result.

OG's doing their thang.

This league is not only a place for athletes to perfect their practice of roller derby; it is a place where we can go when we need a shoulder to lean on; it is a place where we can go to laugh and be as fun as we want to be; it is a place where we can go to be honest and open; it is a place where we can go to forget the struggles of daily life; it is a place where we can go when we need familiarity; it is a place where we can speak our minds, respect others’ opinions, and work for the betterment of our family. It is a place I call home. For all of these reasons, and many, many more, I am in love with you, Chicago Outfit, and I cannot imagine skating for any other league.

Love, The Joan Ranger