Our BEST friends, the JBLM Bettie Brigade roll again for a home bout on June 25, 2016 in Tacoma, WA. Check out the details below, mark your calendars and spread the word!
The JBLM Bettie Brigade is BACK to kick off the 2016 roller derby season in Tacoma, Washington! At the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we couldn’t be more excited! As a longtime community partner and sponsor of this terrific group of athletes from our local military community, we are thrilled to be supporting the Betties efforts on and off the track.
The first home bout details are noted below in the poster and online by clicking HERE. See you there!
It seemed fitting to celebrate the first day of fall with the BEST Summer 2015 recap in pictures and words.
It was a summer of great conversation, supporting each other and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoors together.
We kicked off the summer with a terrific film screening event at Our BEST Space with notable disabled media artist, Cheryl Green. Cheryl’s film shorts captured the imaginations and spirits of all those in attendance.
BESTies and their families enjoyed two wonderful camping experiences in both Eastern and Western Washington, where fun was had by all. Beautiful Lake Skookum to the east and Dash Point State Park to the west were the backdrops for these enriching and relaxing experiences.
BEST was honored to tour GRuB’s stunning Victory Garden in Olympia and meet some wonderful new BEST friends. And speaking of nature’s bounty, BEST really enjoyed the harvest of the BEST adopted apple tree at the Curran Apple Orchard Park in University Place!
More BEST friends were part of the summer experience. We cheered on the wonderful women of the JBLM Bettie Brigade. Go Betties! What an exciting local derby season!
Here’s to a wonderful fall season ahead. BEST wishes everyone!
It’s time to celebrate!
Our BEST friends, the JBLM Bettie Brigade, have treated us to thrills, spills and chills with some terrific derby action all season long. Their last home bout of the season will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Rollin’ 253 in Tacoma, Washington. This bout is also extra special because the Betties are collecting much needed school supplies for military kids in need at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).
So, BESTies, come on out, cheer on the team and support some great kids with a donation! Check out the flyer below for more details or click on the link above (JBLM Bettie Brigade) to learn more!
Our BEST friends, the JBLM Bettie Brigade, an all-female roller derby team here in the South Puget Sound region, will be taking a pie in the face for the BEST causes this Saturday night at their home bout in Tacoma, Washington! Here’s what they had to say recently on their Facebook page:
“There’s nothing like a big ole pie in the face to support a good cause! Come to our bout on Saturday at 6pm at Rollin’ 253! Each dollar you place your favorite skater’s jar is a “vote” towards them getting some pie in their pretty face! Whoever has the most at the end of the bout gets PIED. And 25% of all proceeds go towards The Brain Energy Support Team! Which Bettie would YOU like to see pied in the face???”
We are so there! Are you? Join the fun with BEST! Click here for more info!
We think that everyone should be a “Bettie.”
What’s a Bettie you say?
Well, a Bettie is a member of the terrific JBLM Bettie Brigade, an all-female, nonprofit, player run and flat-track roller derby team comprised of skaters in the local military community in Tacoma. These athletes are the real deal; they work hard, play hard and support each other wholeheartedly, on and off the track. Their high energy, positive attitudes and sense of comradery and teamwork are like no other.
At the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we are proud and honored to say that the JBLM Bettie Brigade is not only a community partner, but some of our favorite BESTies around.
While we love everything about the Betties, one of the BEST things about them is their community outreach. The Betties are always there to lend a hand and share their mission and vision in both the military and civilian communities.
One of the Betties important missions is to not only serve as role models for fitness, wellness, team work and good sportsmanship, they also like to share information about safety, especially when it comes to their most important piece of equipment: helmets. In the rough and tumble world of derby, helmets are a critical part of the sport.
BEST had the opportunity to catch up with one of the Bettie skaters, “Sailor Cherry,” and got the scoop on derby helmets and her own personal story.
“We’ve all had different types of helmets,” she says. “Just a few years ago, almost all derby players were wearing a soft foam skate helmet. These days, you’ll find us in a multi-sport, multi-impact helmet such as S1 or in a hockey helmet.”
We also learned from the athlete, that head injury certainly doesn’t discriminate. Whether one is a new or experienced skater, head injuries can happen; even to an ace sportswoman like herself.
“It’s not just new people who are susceptible to head injuries,” explains Sailor Cherry. “Although staying in shape and maintaining your balance is something that will help prevent head injuries, even experienced skaters can suffer from concussions and other head injuries.
For instance, just last week I sustained a concussion while practicing. After over three years of skating roller derby, I got a head injury. This is my second concussion in six months and I’m out for the season. I can’t even imagine what would’ve happened if I wasn’t wearing a helmet!”
Special thanks to Sailor Cherry of the Bettie Brigade for participating in this report.