Support Local Roller Derby

January 30th, 2014 | 0 comments


Gadget and Bashin of the Belmont Bruisers high five fans after a bout

Gadget and Bashin of the Belmont Bruisers high five fans after a bout. | Photo courtesy of Dan “Jugglenaut” Purdy

I’m going to be completely honest with you: my goal here is to persuade you to sponsor the Charlottesville Derby Dames. Roller derby is an empowering sport for women, which in itself is a great reason to support us.  However, you may not be aware of some hidden perks CDD provides to sponsors.

Perk #1: Community Involvement: Awesomeness by Association

For every home bout, the Derby Dames donate a percentage of event funds to a designated local charity.  Your business will not only support our team, but charities within the community as well.  Anyone glancing over the bout program will see your business listed in association with support of an organization in need.  To name just a few charities we have donated to in the past:

Perk #2: Business Boom

We love our sponsors, and we show it!  Supporting restaurants such as Blue Moon, Beer Run, Revolutionary Soup and The Whiskey Jar are top spots for team committee meetings and get togethers.  Ben Around Tattoo is the team’s top choice for ink (my very first tattoo done by Ben himself and I couldn’t be more pleased!).  Need a trim for your ‘do?  So many girls on our team visit Hazel Beauty Bar that I’m surprised they have time to take on more clients (they do, don’t worry).  We support our sponsors, and often bring friends as well.

Perk #3: Growing Advertisement Power, with Lower Cost

Roller Derby is experiencing a cultural resurgence, and new fans are emerging daily.  The Charlottesville Derby Dames reach hundreds of people with each bout program, and thousands with our facebook page.  As a sponsor, your business will be promoted as a CDD supporter on programs, through our facebook page, and listed on our website.  Bottom line: the number of potential customers within our fan base is growing.  When compared to the cost of advertising via tv/radio/newspapers, advertising with the Derby Dames is a fraction of the cost (and we’ll give you some free bout tickets to top it off).  A portion of the sponsorship is tax-deductible as well.

Perk #4: Flexibility

Is your budget $50, or $5,000?  Either way, we have something to offer.  If your advertising budget is non-existent, you can donate gift certificates or gift baskets that are raffled off at bouts.  The main idea here is that if you want to contribute, we would love to work with you!

Bout production costs, rent for practice space, away bout travel, and countless other expenses are necessary to keep everything rolling.  Setting the costs and needs of running a derby league aside, remember the perks to being a CDD supporter: boost your business, lower your advertising costs, and help contribute to the community.

Petit Zombie jams in an intraleague bout

Petit Zombie jams in an intraleague bout. | Photo courtesy of Dan “Jugglenaut” Purdy

Interested in sponsoring or learning more?  E-mail

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