Derby Girls Robbed at Gunpoint
Athletes seeking community support
OAKLAND, CA (July 26, 2011) — Celebrating was cut short July 9 when two Bay Area Derby (B.A.D.) Girls were robbed at gunpoint after a win in Richmond. The full-contact, all-female roller derby league is a nonprofit.
No one was injured, but the group’s profit from the evening's event as well as their entire financial reserves were stolen while the girls attempted to transport the funds from Richmond to San Francisco. Those thousands of dollars were intended to help put on future events, continue renting practice space and keep the league afloat.
“To be robbed of badly needed funds is devastating; to have our league members’ lives threatened is irreparable,” reads the B.A.D. Girls’ statement.
The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the case, thus, the B.A.D. Girls say they can’t discuss the robbery any further.
However, the San Francisco Chronicle reported more details: The robbery occurred in the city’s Mission District, on the 100 block of Guerrero Street, around 11 p.m. The robbers are described as two 20-something black men, armed with a handgun, and who fled in a late 1990s Mazda van.
To keep the girls rolling, they need support. They’re asking for donations, which can be made on their website, and for community members to come out to their tournament, The Golden Bowl, at the Oakland Convention Center August 12-14.
Read the B.A.D. Girls' full statement here.
— Janelle Bitker