Have you seen five tall and tanned ladies skating around the back-roads of Louisiana? When I heard about States on Skates, a group of roller derby ladies from Colorado skating across eight states in 78 days to raise awareness for domestic, sexual, and child abuse, I thought to myself, ‘if only I could meet them and write a story for the blog.’ The radio announcer from Big 102.1 out of Lafayette mentioned they were in the Rayne area, but I knew it was a long shot that they’d be anywhere around my small-town Louisiana.
Then Myron comes into the kitchen yesterday and started talking about some ladies on the overpass in Jennings on skates. I turned to him and said “that’s the States on Skates ladies!!” I told him what I had heard about them on the radio and that I wanted to meet them. He told me to grab my camera and get in the truck, and off we went to find them!
Just as we got to the main drag in Welsh we spotted them! They were stopped at the gas station cattycorner to Grandma’s Garden. These women are amazing. They were super sweet and full of life. I was so excited to talk and take a few pictures with them. They made my day!
Well enough about me, let’s talk about them. They started their trip on March 5, 2015, in Cocoa Beach Florida, and will skate all the way, all 2800 miles, to Santa Monica, California. This they plan on doing in 78 days!! To keep this pace they have to skate approximately forty miles a day, but I noticed on their Facebook page that today they traveled 56.5 miles yesterday alone!
These skaters are on a mission to raise $50,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization working to empower, heal, and educate survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
On their trip, fellow roller derby teams are meeting up to show their support and skate some miles alongside them. The Louisiana teams included Lafitte’s Ladies, Big Easy Rollergirls, Cajun Rollergirls, and New Orleans Brass Roller Derby.
These ladies are so inspiring, setting aside their everyday lives for a cause they are very passionate about. To donate, just go to StatesonSkates.com. We did! And keep your eyes peeled for them these next couple days as they finish off Louisiana and head into Texas!