August League Member of the Month: Amanda Leighty

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August Member of the Month: Amanda Leighty

Affectionately known around the league as “Amanda Merch,” our League Member of the Month for August is the ever-reliable Amanda Leighty. To learn more about what she does behind the merch table and beyond, read on..


What is your role in the league? 

I’m a game-day volunteer, and I can almost always be found behind the merch table. During the bouts, the merch table is a pretty visible point of contact, so in addition to slinging t-shirts, koozies and other great swag, we’re also able to answer any game-play questions that newcomers might have. Beyond game day, I’m always trying to preach the gospel that is derby and trying to get new people to attend their first bout.

 

How did you get involved with our league? 

I was in the same graduate program as Brat, a former player who’s since moved, and she invited me to a game. I’d never been to a derby bout before, and I think at that point my derby knowledge was limited to the episode of King of the Hill where Peggy and Luann join a league. After that first time, though, I was hooked on the sport. From that point, I started attending games somewhat regularly. It wasn’t until a few years later that I got involved as a game-day volunteer.

 

How long have you been with us?

The first game I attended had to be in 2011, but I think I’ve only been volunteering regularly since 2015.

 

What’s your favorite part of being a TRG volunteer?

The camaraderie is the best part of being a volunteer. I’m not cut out to play for a variety of reasons, but this way I get to be close to the sport and to the team. I always feel invited and appreciated, and I know I’m easing a burden in that no one has to wonder who’s going to handle merch and whether that person needs training on it. Plus getting to watch each bout is a major perk!

The combination of power and grace on the track is incredible to watch. It’s a dichotomy that I don’t think the world allows most people to have. Derby, and TRG specifically, is a space that allows you to come as you are and be a part of something special, whether you’re watching, volunteering or on the track.

What do you do outside of TRG? 

I work in consumer protection at the Office of the Attorney General. I write consumer education materials and do a little investigative work. I’m also taking classes toward becoming a Certified Financial Planner. Outside of work and study, I’m the Training Director and volunteer with the Junior League of Tallahassee, which is an organization that aims to support the basic needs of children and families in the Tallahassee area. I’m also an FSU basketball superfan, a Drip Drop Fitness devotee, a lover of way too many podcasts, and I dabble in writing, painting, and lettering/brush calligraphy. I’m also married and have two cats, so those three rad creatures share my time as well.

 

What is your favorite TRG related memory/story?

I don’t have a specific favorite, but it’s been cool and kind of fascinating to see TRG grow and change over the years. From the Fairgrounds and Skate Inn, to FAMU, now to Tallahassee Indoor Sports. From being a little more theatrical to being more strategic. And it’s been fun (and a little sad) to watch players come and go, and follow their stories to different leagues in the new places they call home.

The combination of power and grace on the track is incredible to watch. It’s a dichotomy that I don’t think the world allows most people to have. Derby, and TRG specifically, is a space that allows you to come as you are and be a part of something special, whether you’re watching, volunteering or on the track.

 

Thank you for all your hard work supporting Tallahassee roller derby, Amanda!

 

All League Members of the Month receive a free float from our generous sponsor, Driftaway Float Center.

If you want to volunteer with us, check out our Join Us page!

 

August League Member of the Month: Amanda Leighty
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