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Published on March 10th, 2012 | by DerbyLife

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Call to Action: Send Team USA to the White House

Team USA representatives recently got in touch with us to let us know about an incredible initiative they’re launching. They want to send Team USA to the White House to be honored for their great achievement on the world stage. We wanted to share this with you, and ask that you share it with everyone you know who loves roller derby and wants to see it gain the legitimacy it deserves.

What: A letter writing campaign to the White House asking that the president honor the women of Team USA. Feel free to use our stock letter or write your own. Please stay respectful and on point. If you write a letter on behalf of this campaign you are representing the whole roller derby community. If we each send an e-mail, it will be very hard to ignore our request. You can easily e-mail the White House through this link, http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments.

Why: Team USA deserves this honor for their skill, dedication and accomplishments. Also, this will help further legitimize our sport. Finally, as amazing as it sounds, there are still people out there who don’t know about the modern roller derby movement! This is another opportunity for us to reach those people.

What else can you do to help: Encourage everyone you know to write a letter, it takes two minutes to copy and paste.

If you know any politicians enlist their help!

Share with your leaguemates, through Facebook, through Twitter, etc.

COPY AND PASTE BELOW. USE The category “We the People-Petitions”

Dear Mr. President;

In the long history of Presidents honoring our nation’s sports champions, I would like to take a moment to ask you to consider honoring our nation’s newest sports heroines, the Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup Champions, Team USA. This group of fearless women took to the roller derby flat track and scored a total of 2,110 points in their games to their competitors’ 59 total points. The competition came from across the globe including England, Germany, Brazil and Australia just to name a few.

The women on Team USA come from across the United States. These women are the best that modern roller derby has to offer and exemplify what the sport of roller derby is doing for America. Women reinvented a forgotten sport, made it legitimate and now it is the fastest growing sport in the world.

Modern roller derby is composed of a whole generation of women running businesses, finding the joy of physical fitness and nutrition, it is creating a new community and giving back where they live. It’s not just women; there are men’s leagues and junior leagues that are doing the same. Currently, there are 214 leagues associated with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association; this movement is a powerful positive change in this country. The roller derby community is teaching their children through example that women are beautiful when they are strong, that making healthy choices are the right choices, that they should be engaged in our world.

Each league is a business run by the skaters for the skaters. Through running their own business young women are learning career skills. They work together to analyze finances, run human relations departments, train, and run events. Safety is taken seriously and each league enlists the help of local trainers and health care professional to help keep everyone safe.
I humbly ask that you recognize what this movement is doing for this country by honoring their finest skaters. Thank you for your time.

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Update: Even Neil Gaiman wants to send Team USA to the White House!

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