Unless you have been living under a rock, you likely know that WFTDA National Championship was held in Chicago, IL last weekend. The competition was intense and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls squeaked out a one point victory over the Oly Rollers in the last jam- it was derby at its finest!

And while the best roller derby teams in the country were vying for national champion status, Sheeza Freak and I were running along the side of the track screaming ourselves hoarse, pleading with our team to skate harder, go faster, and win the competition.

And they did.

As you read here, the Special Olympics of North Carolina Fall Tournament was held last weekend in High Point and Sheeza and I coached the Wake County roller skating team. Our skaters participated in 12 events and brought home 3 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze medals. It was an amazing experience to see our team progress week after week at practice and watch them compete as confident skaters at the tournament. We could not be more proud of our guys Michael, Brandon, Richard, and Zack and we can’t wait to coach them again next year!

The Special Olympics is an amazing organization that gives children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train for and compete in over 30 sports year round, but the athletes can’t do it by themselves. Sheeza and I saw firsthand just how many coaches and volunteers it takes to keep just ONE sport going and there is never enough help. We want to encourage you to support Special Olympics in any way you can. Visit here to find out how you can help your local chapter through coaching, volunteering, or monetary donation.

Our skaters got the medals, but we were the real winners for getting to coach them.

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  1. Awesome job Sheeza and Hot Mess. You two must have been some awesome coaches, earning 11 medals out of 12 events. Wow! Congrats to you and the 4 guys.

  2. Brian Philpot November 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm · ·

    Thank you all very much for your support and energy! The skaters had a great time and did an excellent job representing Wake County. You are right, we cannot do it without the support of great volunteers and coaches like yourself and we really appreciate it!

    Brian Philpot Special Olympics Wake County Local Coordinator

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