Midlands team creates online petition to add roller derby to X-Games | News
A Midlands team is petitioning to add roller derby to the X-Games.
“Well, I aimed high, because there’s a ton of derby girls, way more than what I asked for,” said Jean Gravy. “I’m trying to get 10,000 signatures.”
Internationally there are over a thousand roller derby teams, most of them dominated by females.
“That number grows so fast, it’s probably higher than that,” Jean added.
In less than 48 hours, Jean Gravy, co-founder and player with the Richland County Regulators, received more than 200 signatures.
“This is just from people that we know,” said Jean. “I haven’t even posted it on a lot of pages or anything.”
The roller sport is under consideration for the 2020 Olympics, but in Jean’s opinion she doesn’t see that happening.
“I think we’re a better fit for the X-games, because we’re a little bit of an extreme sport, and I think it would fit well with that,” said Jean.
Jean hopes to present the 10,000 signatures to ESPN.
"That’s who does the X-games,” said Jean. “We’re hoping we can get them to hear what we’re saying, maybe sit down and talk to us and work something out."
If you would like to sign the petition go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/put-roller-derby-in-the-x-games/