The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

August 12, 2013

Derby Dames pitch in for Terri’s Tribute

OAK HILL — Some hard-charging skating earlier this summer helped raise funds for the Terri’s Tribute organization.

The Beckley Area Derby Dames (B.A.D.D.) last Wednesday visited Fayette County National Bank’s Oak Hill office to make a donation to Terri’s Tribute based on proceeds from the Country Roads Corruption event of June 29.

B.A.D.D. is a skater-owned and operated women’s flat track roller derby team founded in 2011 in southern West Virginia. They boast ‘a promising team of 37 strong, tenacious ladies’ and are undefeated so far in the 2013 season.

B.A.D.D. was founded by several women in the Beckley area who are excited to bring the fastest growing women’s sport to southern West Virginia.

Roller derby is making a huge comeback all over the world, according to skater Kelly Elkins. “It is a great form of exercise and will keep you active and introduce you to a whole new world of professional women by day, hard-hitting skaters at night.”

The Dames say they love giving back to a community which has so warmly embraced them. Charities that have benefited include Just for Kids, the Raleigh County Humane Society, Operation Underdog, Veterans Affairs, the Pine Haven Center, The United Way and the Women’s Resource Center. A portion of ticket sales and 50/50 drawings is dedicated to a different charity at each bout.

“We were so excited to be able to work with Terri’s Tribute,” says Burn N Kell, B.A.D.D.’s public relations officer. “After meeting the Massey family, I totally understand why they want the legacy of Terri to live on with this scholarship fund.

“They were so excited, warm and friendly; they’re our #1 fans and we can always count on seeing them in the stands.”

B.A.D.D. unofficial bout day referees sport bright pink T-shirts donated by Terri’s Tribute to help publicize the cause as well.

“Be sure to catch us at our next home bout at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center on September 14, 2013, with a portion of that bout’s proceeds benefiting The Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia,” said Elkins. “Come out and see what all the excitement is about.”

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