Author: PPDD Marketing

PPRD Logo Contest

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

If you haven’t heard, Pikes Peak Derby Dames are excited to share that we are changing our name to Pikes Peak Roller Derby to more accurately represent our community and the evolvement of the sport!

Our league is committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity. As such, we recognize that “Dames” is not demonstrative of the inclusivity that we value. We are committed to inclusive and anti-discriminatory practices in regard to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants.  We are excited to introduce a name that is better representative of our diverse league.

In preparation for our rebranding, we are launching a contest for design of our new logo!

The requirements for design submission are as follows

  • Should display “Pikes Peak Roller Derby” or “PPRD”
  • File must be in vector, and either PNG or JPG format
  • Must have transparent background
  • Provide color and black and white versions
  • Color version must include these color codes
    • #e72279 – Pink
    • 75b840 – Green
    • #000000 – Black
  • Horizontal, vertical, and square versions are encouraged but not required

The winner will get two passes to the 2022 bout of their choice, and a swag bag!

Please submit entries to marketing@pikespeakderbydames.com by August 1, 2022.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s break the stigma!

One of our members shares her story and feelings on this important topic:

One of the most important issues that our current society needs to deal with is the stigma surrounding mental health. For far too long, people have been shamed or thought of as less than because they may not experience this existence in the same way as what is deemed normal. As someone who was diagnosed at a young age with a mental health condition, it was a constant struggle to find the proper medical and therapeutic care to fit my personal brain chemistry. It sometimes seemed like I was a test subject when it came to figuring out what medications worked without making me a complete zombie, or finding which therapist or psychologist was going to treat the cause and not just numb the symptoms. I didn’t find the proper balance of meds and therapy until I was in my late 30’s. While treatments within the mental health community have improved immensely since my diagnosis, more work still needs to be done. But this isn’t something that most people are comfortable talking about. How can we fix something that no one wants to acknowledge? Visibility matters. If I had heard stories when I was younger of other people who had my mental condition thriving, I feel like my journey may have been much easier and healthier. Taking away that shame factor is so important. Educating people on how their brain works is so important. Understanding emotions and what is creating those feelings is so important. In my opinion, this is no different than treating any other medical condition. We are only endangering ourselves and others when we don’t treat mental health conditions in the same way as any other health issue. So I hope more people start to speak up about their own personal experiences. I hope people start to feel more comfortable about reaching out when they need help. Let’s start having those hard conversations and breaking that stigma so everyone has a better chance at healing.

https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month

Pikes Peak Derby Dames Change Name to Reflect Inclusivity

Introducing, Pikes Peak Roller Derby

BIG NEWS!

Pikes Peak Derby Dames are excited to share that we are changing our name to Pikes Peak Roller Derby (PPRD)! This name change was driven by the need to more accurately represent our skate community and the evolvement of the sport.

Founded in 2005, PPRD is Colorado Springs’ first and only flat track roller derby league and a 501(c)7 nonprofit sports organization. Our mission is to foster athleticism, personal empowerment, and community relationships through playing and promoting the fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport of flat track roller derby. PPRD provides an equal opportunity for athletes of all skill levels and abilities to succeed by discovering strengths, overcoming weaknesses, and challenging themselves, both on and off the track. PPRD has been a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the international governing body of the sport since 2005. WFTDA recently expanded upon its gender policy and protections for athlete gender identity, prompting name change discussion within the league.

Our league is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. As such, we recognize that “Dames” is not demonstrative of the inclusivity that we value. We are committed to inclusive and anti-discriminatory practices in regard to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants.  We are excited to introduce a name that is better representative of our diverse league. The name change was approved by league vote in March of this year.

While you will still see PPDD in media content and our uniforms, fans can expect to see a full roll out of PPRD by 2023.

Featured Skater: Truckstop Trixie

Featured Skater - Truckstop Trixie #512

Name: Truckstop Trixie #512
Team: All-Stars, Candy Snipers

How did you start skating?
I had just opened my own restaurant on 6th street in Austin Texas and was handing out menus and flyers to local bars when I ran into some bad ass women that played derby. They told me to come tryout and I thought “no way! I’m way to tiny for that!”. I opened that door anyways and brought my sonic sketcher skates with me, they weighed a ton! I Made it! I started skating with TXRD (the original banked track!) in 2007 and then made the change to WFTDA in 2014 when we moved to Germany. This pure bred Texan is now planting roots in Colorado and is happy and honored to be apart of PPDD!

What position do you prefer to play?
I’m a jammer! I love all positions though! One day I’d like to say I’m a PB&J (pivot, blocker, jammer)

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Featured Skater

Featured Skater: Salt N ‘UR Wound

Featured Skater

Name: Salt N ‘UR Wound #248
Team: Slamazons, Danger Dolls

How did you start skating?
As a kid at the roller rink with the elementary/middle school parties. I originally preferred inlines. I was “forced” to use quads when they didn’t have my size rentals one night at the rink. I saw my first bout in 2012 with Detroit Roller Derby (back then they were Detroit Derby Girls). I started skating with a small rec league Eastside Derby Girls. Then I moved to Rochester NY. I did 3 boot camps between 2012-2014 with Roc City Roller Derby and quit every time for various reasons. April 2015 rolled around and I had recently been dumped and decided to give roller derby another shot with Roc City and I haven’t looked back since. I moved to Colorado Springs at the end of June 2019- and wanted to keep playing derby so I found the Dames!

What position do you prefer to play?
Primarily blocker, but I will volunteer to do all the things.

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