Wrapping up a successful season of some action-packed roller derby, CLTRG gathered at the warehouse for a well deserved holiday party. Hot cocoa, chocolate covered pretzel sticks and a hilarious white-elephant gift exchange were just some of the highlights. A special gift was hidden among the white-elephant randomness for our All-Star teammate, Hitsteria.
Hits has dedicated herself tirelessly to our league and her time and energy has been invaluable. She was badly in need of some new skates, so a secret fundraising campaign was started to help make this happen. Donations were made from all across the derby community and the fundraising goal was reached in just a few hours. Our ref, Frag Doll, made it all happen… from setting up the funding web page, to finding out correct sizes and brands, to ordering the Bont boots all the way from Australia — all while keeping it top secret. The league presented the super-sweet news skates to Hitsteria during the party. Hugs, tears and laughter ensued. It’s dedicated skaters like Hits and all the people on and off skates that help make this league successful and so fun to be a part of.
As some of you may have heard, in a few days we will be saying good-bye to our brick and steel warehouse home in NoDa. We are changing practice venues but we will still be based in Charlotte and the area’s only WFTDA member league. We will still play all of our home bouts at the Grady Cole Center and the 2014 schedule looks fierce! Next year will be one you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned for the full schedule which will be posted in January, as well as the opportunity to get your season tickets.
As we reflect on the past year, we are not only grateful to our passionate skaters and amazing league members but to all of our dedicated fans as well! This league wouldn’t be half of what it is without you cheering us on, so thank you and Happy Holidays from all of us at CLTRG!!