(ST. LOUIS, MO) To provide an opportunity for transgender women, cisgender women, intersex women and gender expansive participants in the St. Louis region to participate in the challenging and exciting sport of roller derby, locally-based Arch Rival Roller Girls has officially changed its name to Arch Rival Roller Derby.
With pride on April 2 at its local championship event, the popular franchise, a member of the internationally-recognized Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), revealed the name change as it prepares for an interleague campaign that launches this month. Arch Rival Roller Derby is currently ranked #10 out of 283 WFTDA internationally-ranked teams.
“We are kicking off our travel season as Arch Rival Roller Derby and we are tickled pink (and black) about it,” said Board of Directors’ member Amanda “CupQuake” Leone, referring to the league’s primary colors. “It’s nothing that hasn’t been done by scores of teams recently, and it’s a subtle change, but an important one for us.”
Alongside the name change for the ten-year-old franchise, its acronym has also been updated from ARRG to ARCH. The re-branding is imperative to the perpetual growth of the league, which was founded in 2005. Currently, the organization has over 50 flat-track athletes that compete at its local events as well as over 30 support personnel.
“Our league encompasses a lot of people of varying genders and identities, and we hope this name change outwardly reflects the safe and welcoming environment that we have here at ARCH,” said Leone. “Our product is the sport of roller derby. To be recognized as athletes, rather than as a gender, is something roller derby has struggled with historically. With seemingly small steps like this name change, we are helping fight that.”
The franchise, which holds events at Midwest Sport Hockey at Ballwin, MO during its seven-month local campaign, also competes at national invitationals and tournaments throughout the calendar year.
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