Assets in Action: Roller Derby is a family-friendly event

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The old song from the South Pacific soundtrack says, “There ain’t nothing like a dame,” and this weekend, you can discover that for yourself.
The Los Alamos Derby Dames will be offering a family friendly event this weekend, as they host the roller derby traveling team from Clovis.
That’s right, folks, I said family friendly and roller derby in the same sentence.
Our dynamite dames have brought the skill and determination of the big time, into the heart of the hill.
The M’Atom Bombs as they are known consist of ladies with names like Nacho Lover, Thumper, Flashover and Lola Bipola.
How does a bunch of roller skating gals build Assets you ask?
I say the opportunities are many.
The dames also are training up a teen division called, the Cherry Bombs and looking for new members, all the time.
The empowering thing is that for either team, no skill is required to get started in the fun.
While one might want to put some thought into the nickname, some research into their skate purchase and perhaps a little extra funding when buying their safety gear, especially depending upon your age, the camaraderie and the training are free.
The thought that the ladies have made the event family friendly says an awful lot about the ladies, the sport and the reason you should give it a try.
This could be the Spark for some young lady, to find their voice, their passion and a new path to follow.
If you open your mind, you can see the opportunity to gather adult role models, to find an outlet for constructive use of time and to build a support system, or if you will, a different version of community.
This Saturday, the doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the bout starts at 6:30 p.m., all at the Los Alamos Ice Rink.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Wait it gets even better, kids 12 and under are free.
Now let’s get out there and build some community Assets by supporting those Dames!
Assets In Action is a community building program of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.