On Aug. 2, a press conference with members of the Lansing Derby Vixens was held at the business college on MSU’s campus. Members of the derby spoke to high school journalism students at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (M.I.P.A.) summer workshop.
“Every time I put on my skates, I’m like ‘Holy crap I can’t believe I get to do this!’” said Kristen Pfaendtner—known in the derby as Lil’ Miss Cheeky.
It is evident that the women have a lot of fun with their sport; however, they also have a positive influence in their community.
“We’re all volunteers,” explained Regina Calcagno, or Lil’Hitaly, “We’ve been able to donate literally thousands of dollars to local charities.”
But the Lansing Vixens give more than money—they give their time.
“We’re pretty accessible to our fans,” said Regina Calcagno, “We always work with the younger kids. They’re considered our VIPs.” By Christina Leninger