I remember when I was growing up, I had this awesome birthday party at the local roller rink. I felt like I was pretty cool, because the rink was one of my favorite places to hang out growing up. I loved skating with my friends.
When I drive by the deserted building these days it always makes me kind of sad.
This is my friend Christine:
She loved roller skating when she was growing up too.
She is an instructor for a non-impact, roller-derby-based fitness class.
She has spoken before the legislature about roller derby regulations in Maine.
And when I asked her how Roller Derby changed her, her statement was simple and powerful:
“Skating saved me.”
To say she found her passion is an understatement.
The thing is, her rink, Happy Wheels, is one of 3 rinks that remain open in Maine.
And it is currently for sale.
Maine Roller Derby wants to buy the rink to keep the roller skating tradition alive. This isn’t only about roller derby, it is about providing a place for families to have open skate sessions so they can enjoy a healthy, affordable activity together.
Christine is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Talking to her makes you want to run out and chase down your dreams.
To learn more about her journey to becoming Betty B. Tough, and how she was rescued by roller skating, check out her video:
Thanks for reading!