AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Bomb City Bombshells are bringing roller derby back to Amarillo march 30th and they cannot wait!
“I’m so excited I can’t even sleep," said Katrena Valden. "I mean to be able to have a fun game, have Amarillo come out to see us, and see how much fun we’re having and watch us try to help our community.”
The funds from the Bombshells debut will go to Family Support Services to assist victims of domestic violence.
“That cause is very close to my heart as a survivor of domestic violence. I was very thankful to the programs that were available.”, said Valden.
Kelsey Johnson is a fifth grade reading teacher during the day.
“Well you can’t hip check a kid so you’ve got to hip check your friends.", said Johnson.
Her love for Roller Derby is teaching her students there are no limits to what they can accomplish.
“I think it’s awesome especially because it’s showing my kids there’s more, there’s more that you can do. There’s more that you can do for your community, there’s more that you can do than just your typical football, softball, baseball and that girls can do it too! They don’t have to just do dance, gymnastics, and cheer leading.”
Cassie Turner accredits her new found self-confidence to the sport she’s grown to love.
“I was going through quite a big transition when I first started. I was going through a big weight loss journey and I had a lot of body image issues and I found strength in myself and I found a lot of power in myself," said Turner. "I’m really proud of myself because I’ve learned how to love my body again and be proud of myself. Absolutely would never take any of this back.”
“Roller Derby in general is such an empowering sport," said Johnson. "You can be any shape, any size, any profession, and you can come out here and be a part of a family be strong, be independent and be confident. Having that aspect in the sport I think is important for anybody to see really but even more so people who have been victims of abuse.”
The Bombshells mash up match is set for March 30th at 6 p.m. in the Rex Baxter building. Tickets will be on sale at the door for ten dollars per person.