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FRIDAY FOCUS - 301 Derby Dames

The 301 Derby Dames provides women a chance to be a part of a team, developing friendships, leadership skills and building self-esteem. The skaters get involved in the community to help fellow non-profit organizations as well as offer an environment that believes and supports one another. In this week’s Friday Focus we spoke to Kelsey Pearson and learned about some of their upcoming events. Stop by their table at the Charles County Fair!
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
The 301 Derby Dames is a non-profit, skater owned and operated flat track roller derby league located in Southern Maryland. We are strong, motivated women promoting athleticism through the sport of roller derby. Our goal is to empower women and build self-esteem by creating a sense of camaraderie among our members. We embrace women of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and skill levels. The 301 Derby Dames train hard, play hard and respect our teammates as well as our competitors. We strive to support and give back to our community through volunteering and raising money for local charities.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
Our favorite moments are when we get to watch skaters and other members of our league grow, both as athletes and as individuals. People join roller derby for many reasons. Some join for the exercise, some join for a distraction from the stress of everyday life and some join for the friendship. No matter the reason, the 301 Derby Dames takes pride in offering an inclusive environment as well as an immediate support structure for anyone in need.
As individuals, we are teachers, active duty service members, veterans, accountants, mothers, lawyers, nurses, bar tenders, machinists, social service workers, journalists, designers, students, business women, sales associates and servers. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Bout Day, we are the 301 Derby Dames.
In addition to how our organization impacts our members, our organization is also able to help fellow nonprofit organizations through proceed donations from our home bouts. Past donations have supported: Rescue Angels of SOMD, Bel Alton Fire Department, Lifestyles, League Family in Need, Children’s Aide Society of Charles County.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
The 301 Derby Dames’ biggest challenge is bringing awareness to the community about roller derby as well as our league. As is often the struggle for many nonprofits, smaller marketing budgets mean less money available to spend on advertising and promotion. Our league looks for free and inexpensive ways to promote league events and are very appreciative of organizations such as Community Bank of the Chesapeake that help us spread the word and increase awareness.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
September 13-16: Recruitment event at Charles County Fair (look for our table!)
Oct 1- Oct 22: Level 1 Bootcamp: Adult
Oct 7- Nov 25: Level 1 Bootcamp: Juniors (Ages 7-17)
October 27: RedRum vs Slashers Home Bout
Learn more at www.301DerbyDames.com
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
While we hold our bootcamps in the fall for people looking to skate and/or referee for our league, you may get involved with 301 at any time! We are always looking for volunteers and NSOs (non-skating officials) to assist our league. Volunteers are absolutely essential for the success of the many home bouts we host throughout our season at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata, MD. Some individuals may choose to join our league as a volunteer to get familiar with roller derby and the 301 Derby Dames prior to joining bootcamp in the future.