Eve Ill's Outfit Love

EveIllI've been playing roller derby for over 4 years for a small team in the suburbs. For all 4 of those years, I dreamed of skating for the first team I ever watched play derby, the Chicago Outfit.

At the end of May this year, I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and follow my dream of skating for the Outfit. As much time as I spent with my former league, I never truly developed a sense of belonging and I was no longer feeling challenged so I finally decided to pursue a league transfer. I received a lot of support from my teammates and friends, both new and old, and had an entire league of Outfit skaters supporting me through this very big, emotional transition. Transferring was a very difficult decision that took me years to commit to but I'm glad I did.

Joining the Outfit has been an amazing experience. From my first day, everyone has been very inviting, encouraging, and friendly. I am developing a strong bond with the women in this league and each one of them inspires me to push myself to be a better me. In the few short months I've been skating with the Outfit, I can feel myself becoming a stronger skater, a better teammate, and an all around more confident person. I have looked up to many Outfit skaters for most of my derby career and I am proud to say I am now one of them.