Thursday, September 1, 2011
The ICT Roller Girls had to cancel practice and their Saturday game after all the conditioning units were stolen at Skate South.
"To just have the main event that we look forward to, non-stop, just to be take away, is really rough, really emotionally draining. It's heartbreaking for a lot of girls," said Katelyn Smith, co-director of the ICT Roller Girls.
The ICT Roller Girls had to cancel their Sept. 3 bout against a Tulsa roller derby team after five of the air conditioning units were stolen.
"It was a really important game for them. They were practicing hard. They had a really good practice yesterday and they were all extremely excited," said Smith.
Wednesday night's excitement was quickly brought down on Thursday morning when the team got a text letting them know of the theft.
Smith said the heat was too dangerous for the team to practice.
"First thing was safety of our girls. I mean, as much as we love to do this, we just can't put anybody at risk," said Smith.
Now, 50 of the skating members and the estimated 300 fans will have to miss the sixth home bout of the season.
"We have dedicated fans that really enjoy it. To miss out on it, since it's only a month or every other month event, is kind of a bummer," said Smith.
The team still plans to have a double header bout against the Texas and Oklahoma roller girls on Sept. 24.