Tuesday, June 4, 2013

EXTRA! EXTRA!

Read, and hear, all about it!!

The Cape Cod Roller Derby League (CCRD)
and
The Cape Cod Salty Dolls Team
flooded the media yesterday!
(by 'yesterday' I mean Monday, June 3, 2013)
The Co-Founders of Awesomeness
When I joined this group of kick-ass women, the first thing my husband said was, 'You should have Rob write a story about you guys for the Cape Cod Times!'  Then he said, 'and get some extra disability insurance!'

Rob is a friend of ours.  He writes an awesome fishing column for the major local paper, here on Cape.  Our pug, Moxie, never has to worry about staying in a kennel when we're away (which is rare), because Rob is pretty much always there to come stay with her.  He's a regular at Tuesday night poker, and he is one of the most supportive, easy-going, and kind people I know.  
He's also a great writer, and it seemed logical that, if we wanted some publicity, asking Rob would be a good start.
After a couple conversations with him, and the Presidents/Co-founders of the league, it was out of my hands, and I never really knew what, if anything, ever was to come from it.
Until one day a few weeks ago (maybe a month...time is really measured between Monday derby practice and Friday open skate, so it was probably more like a couple months!) the girls said that a reporter from the Times was coming to our practices.  And then I got a message from Rob...he was that reporter!
He showed up to a few practices and open skate nights, and even rolled around on his skateboard for a bit!  Then there was the practice with the photographer roaming around as we tried our very best to not look like Bambi on ice.  Luckily, at that stage of the game, this little engine that could, known as the Cape Cod Salty Dolls, had improved tremendously.

Jump ahead to Memorial Day Weekend (one of the busiest weekends for Cape Cod), when everyone heard the article would be out 'sometime that weekend'.  Every morning, from Friday to Monday, we checked.  Our friends and family checked.  Nothing.  
In the meantime, an online magazine had posted a story.  
InsideOUT Cape Cod (http://www.iocapecod.com/) had interviewed part of the team one night during one of their first CrossFit workouts.  (Before we had our rink space, some of the girls would meet up for some conditioning exercises.)
It was a nice article (you can read it HERE), but my heart sank...suppose the Times article didn't run because of this one!?  
But, we waited for what seemed like forever, until we got word that it really would run Monday morning.
And it did.

Front page news.  
I mean...
FRONT PAGE NEWS!!!
This is what we got to feast our eyes on!  A great read!
I get up around 3 a.m. to go to work, and there is usually one or two of the moms with babies up, too.  Lynn was awake and the two of us were losing our minds reading the online version, hoping to get hard copies of the paper, at some point during 'normal' waking hours.  
For me, I had been at work for an hour, dreaming about how awesome it would be to see the dream of this amazing collection of women come to life on the front page of our local paper, when my friend and co-worker walked in with 3 copies of the paper for me!  Everyone is so excited about this!

HERE is the fabulous article by my friend Rob.  If you are at all curious about what we're doing, what it's about, how you can get involved or help out...you must read this.  (You'll also find some info on our Open Skate Night and our up-coming fundraiser!)

But, it doesn't stop there...
Oh, no!  That's not nearly enough exposure for these Salty Dolls!
There's also THIS.  The Cape and Islands radio station (http://capeandislands.org/) ALSO mentioned us, as they read through the local headlines.

AND,
'The Wicked Cool Morning Show' (a local radio station) also gave us a shout out after seeing us on the front page!  (I didn't get to hear it first hand, but it never goes unnoticed when local celebrities are rooting for you!)

I mean, come on!!  If you aren't completely wrapped up in this, or planning on coming to an open skate or our fundraiser to check us out or help us out, or at the very least somewhat curious about what is going on here...well, then I'm not sure why you're reading this blog.
But if you ARE reading this blog, and you've seen and heard all the crazy publicity we got (seemingly) overnight, then you know that something is happening here.  Something big, something exciting, something salty!  


We had our first practice last night with our mentor from the West Coast (Flash Bayou of the Oly Bella Donnas) and it was absolutely amazing.  Eye-opening and empowering.  Somehow, both fear-inducing AND encouraging.  
She is going to be a huge asset to us this summer, so look out Cape Cod!  The Cape Cod Roller Derby is here with it's Salty Dolls and we are staying!!

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