Before the dust settled from our July 12 double header, the athletes of A2D2 were back to work July 13, competing alongside all-female vintage base ball team Detroit River Belles to raise funds for Alternatives for Girls, a a Detroit-based organization that provides support and empowerment to homeless and at-risk girls. The DRB are one of about 30 teams in Michigan that play America's favorite pastime following the rules and style of the sport during the mid-to-late 1800s (hence the spelling 'base ball'). At first, vintage base ball and present day roller derby may seem like opposites, but the Belles and Dimes share more than a woman-centric focus, as detailed in the Metro Times:
The folks at free monthly arts and entertainment magazine Current profiled A2D2 in its current issue! It's a great introduction to (or reminder of) the league as our next home bout comes to Buhr Park this Saturday, July 12.
Read the story, Ann Arbor Roller Derby: It's the Jam online now, or pick up a copy in kiosks all over Washtenaw County.
It was such a pleasure for A2D2 to volunteer at the grand opening of Ann Arbor Skatepark this weekend! We tip our helmets to all of the folks who worked so hard for so many years to bring this dream to life and who make our community an even more active, fun place to live.
Thank you to the Dimes who volunteered! Pictured from left (top row) Fresh Meat skater Amelia SpareParts, Mo B. Slick, Ivonna Chaser, Courtnasty, Jacky O'Bashes, Cinnamon Challenge (bottom row) Midnite Vulture, Rose-Colored Sasses, Scarlett Joheadslam, Skorpion
Ann Arbor is home to the most popular derby mouth guard manufacturer (and one of our sponsors), SISU Mouth Guard! They came out to our bout Saturday and recapped their experience in their blog. If you're curious about derby, especially A2D2 derby, don't miss this excellent post!