Sunday, August 14, 2011

With a Little Help From My Friends

Every entry in The Rollergirl Project is a small glimpse into the life of a derby girl. This entry is about The Virgin Cherry who is skating with Rollergirls of Southern Indiana.  Rather then writing it herself, her friends and team mates have their say about Cherry.  More pictures of her can be found at Cory's website.


I remember when Cherry developed the passion and fire that we've all come to recognize in her today. She was the first of my ROSI teammates that became OBSESSED with roller derby. She was no longer just a faithful ROSI, not just a skater with a good attendance record that was eager to take part in drills. Cherry became the one that went to as many bouts as she could...not because they were fun to watch, but so she could take notes about areas in which she wanted herself and her team to improve. She started training outside of derby, and she sky rocketed from the skater that blended into the background to this athlete that took MVP at at more games than any other ROSI. She gave us all something to aspire to.

- Lily the Kid

Tampa Bay Derby Darlins



The Virgin Cherry has been a personal inspiration of mine since I joined the Rollergirls of Southern Indiana in July of 2008.

As a founding member of our league she is an integral part of ROSI. Between the time Cherry devotes on the track during practice and bouts to off track derby fundraisers and meetings, her loyalty to this sport and our team is unfailing.

Cherry has sweat, bled and cried for ROSI. I am proud and honored to call her my friend and teammate.

- Killyn Time

Rollergirls of Southern Indiana


Cherry is one of the best people I know on and off the track.  I first met her in 2006 when ROCK skated against ROSI at Champs in Lexington, it was love at first sight.  She is so charismatic and charming, and a killer derby skater. Over the years I've skated with and against her several times, she is a fantastic teammate and opponent!  She sets the bar higher for everyone in that way.  I'm truly lucky to know her and be able to call her my wife (even though I have to share her with Suffragette Kitty)

Cherry is fantastic.  Period.

- Ellie Slay #17

Rollergirls of Central Kentucky


The Virgin Cherry has been part of my derby experience since the beginning--ROSI was our (ROCK's) first opponent. My philosophy of learning how to be a better skater/player/human being is to find a role model, study them, say to yourself "I can do that, too," then practice until it's true. Cherry is absolutely one of my core derby role models. She dominates as a utility player, serving well as jammer or blocker. I think much of it boils down to her gung-ho attitude for the game. That's something I definitely lacked in the beginning; I was very hesitant. I've seen her transform and improve over the years with hard work, and it inspires me to learn more, skate more, play more. I want to block her on the track and dance with her at the afterparty. (She's a great dancer, too.)

- Jessie Maims

Rollergirls of Central Kentucky