Texas Rollergirls could not function without the hard work, dedication and generosity of our beloved volunteer crew — and we want you to love them as much as we do! Many of them operate behind the scenes and some go out of their way to fade into the background, so you may not be familiar with them, but we’ll be publicly recognizing the awesomeness of one of the valued members of the Texas Rollergirls team each month. Please join us in thanking our Volunteer of the Month for July 2012: Mytilene!
Mytilene first volunteered with Texas Rollergirls five years ago during the Texas Shootout, the WFTDA Championship Tournament held here in Austin in 2007. ‘I traveled all the way from Detroit, MI, where I’d been involved in the Detroit Derby Girls’ sports statistics crew,’ she says. ‘I fell in love with Austin! And I enjoyed volunteering with Texas Rollergirls so much during that trip, that I just couldn’t resist relocating to the birthplace of flat track roller derby!’
She brings a wealth of experience to Texas Rollergirls: she’s been a fan of derby for eight years, a derby statistician and non-skating official for six, and a valued member of the Texas Rollergirls Stat Pack for three. Her most recent challenge is on wheels — Mytilene describes herself as a Rec League Padawan, currently working towards tearing up the flat track in our Primer program. She made up the rank herself, to show off her geeky side.
That wealth of experience has made Mytilene and invaluable member of the Texas Rollergirls officiating team. Chief Operations Officer DeBella DeBall, who nominated Mytie as Volunteer of the Month, says, ‘Mytilene has dedicated countless hours to honing her skills as a non-skating official and is a great asset to our Texas Rollergirls family. She works tirelessly to ensure our crew has everything they need to be successful. She’s given a huge amount of heart and soul to our league over the years, which is why I nominated her as Volunteer of the Month.’
This assessment is backed up by our Officials Coordinator, Chasing Amy. ‘Mytie is always willing to try and help the league in any way, shape or form. She’s at every game, and every team’s functions and fundraisers to support Texas Rollergirls,’ Amy says. ‘She’s someone I can always count on to help out the officials team and lineup tracking wouldn’t be the same without her. Mytie is AWESOME!’
Mytilene has witnessed a seismic shift in roller derby over the years she’s been involved. ‘I’ve seen this sport evolve into a great movement led by amazing women,’ she tells us, ‘doing great things for the community and empowering young people.’
It’s this side of derby that keeps her coming back — and why you should consider joining her on the NSO crew (we swear we didn’t ask her to say this!). ‘There are a million ways to volunteer your time, and Texas Rollergirls and roller derby is how I choose to spend mine!’ she exclaims. ‘Texas Rollergirls has many programs and teams which need officials — both skating referees and non-skating officials — and trainers. We officials are always looking for new blood!’
And any closing thoughts from this statistical super-star? Of course! With the Star of Texas Bowl on the horizon, what else is there to say but ‘Texas Texas Kill Kill Kill!’ Thanks, Mytilene, for all you’ve done for the league over the years and we hope to keep your geekery around for many more!