Innovative Sport Raises Funds and Awareness for Women’s History Events

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Innovative Sport Raises Funds and Awareness for Women’s History Events

by: Yukio Kuniyuki | .
Kokeshi Roller Dolls | .
published: March 14, 2013

This month, Team Kadena celebrates Women’s History and focuses on celebrating the contributions of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

On 9 March 2013, the Women’s History Committee of Team Kadena joined with the ladies of the Kokeshi Roller Dolls (KRD)—a roller derby league on Okinawa—to put on a dynamic demonstration of physics at work and to raise funds in support of Women’s History events later this month

Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer, chairwoman of the Women’s History Committee, commented, “Roller derby and women’s history was a fitting match.  It was a cool way for women on Kadena to get together and raise money for a worthy cause.”

Senior Master Sgt Rachel Colbus, a skater who helped organize the event, added, “Roller derby is about women’s empowerment and striving to be the best in everything that we do.”

In its own right, women’s flat track roller derby has become a phenomenon in recent years since its rebirth in 2001.  Today, there are approximately 1,100 amateur leagues internationally according to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) website ( 

More importantly, it is a sport owned, operated, and governed by the all-female teams that comprise each league.

A year ago, the 123rd International Olympic Committee announced that women’s flat track roller derby is under consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The roller derby event on 9 March 2013 raised approximately $800 for the Women’s History Committee and saw the Habu Hellions defeat the Shisa Slammers by a score of 220 to 90 in a hard-hitting bout. 

While roller derby kicked of the month, the main event will be the Women’s History Fair scheduled on 22 March 2013 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the main ballroom at the Schilling Community Center. 

 “The family-friendly event on March 22 will have interactive booths along with other activities to highlight women who’ve made significant impacts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Dreyer said. “We invite everyone to come by and enjoy some refreshments while learning about some awesome women.” 

Gen. Malloy, the 18th Wing commander, will provide opening remarks at 3:30 p.m. before announcing the winner of the Women’s History Art Contest.  The event is open to all members of the armed forces and their families. 

For more information on the events or to volunteer, please contact Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer at 634-6177 or