Carolinas News Notes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Sept. 28, the Charlotte Roller Girls finished out its undefeated season. After doing so, it contributed a portion of its game proceeds to Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN). The $2,000 check was presented after the bout.
The Roller Girls selects a local charity each year with which to partner. They provide support through hands-on volunteering, awareness initiatives and donations from game proceeds and external fundraising, Liz McLaughlin, press representative, said. This year they chose RAIN to help further RAIN’s mission and engage the community to promote respect and dignity for all people touched by HIV through compassionate care, education and leadership development, McLaughlin added.
“In the past the organization has partnered with groups such as Time Out Youth, the Humane Society and Girls on the Run. But its community involvement doesn’t stop with its annual partner. CLTRG skaters and volunteers are continually finding ways to give back, whether through food drives for Second Harvest, charity walks or blood drives with the Red Cross,” she commented.
“I have personally volunteered with RAIN for nine years,” said Roller Girls Director of Promotion Caitin “Rita Maneata” Snead. “I was thrilled with how my teammates and our fans really stepped up to support this great organization.”
“It was an exciting year working with the Charlotte Roller Girls,” said Nathan Smith, director of development and marketing for RAIN. “They had some of the craziest spirit wear outfits at our AIDS Walk this year.”
In other news, the Roller Girls is in the process of its tryout season. Training workshops are being held on Oct. 12-13 and 27 from 10 a.m.-noon. Open skate gears up on Oct. 14 and 28 from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Participants are invited to stay and watch a scrimmage afterward. Tryouts are Nov. 2, noon-4 p.m. Interested applicants should email email@example.com for more information.
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