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Gold Star Volunteer June 2019: Flourish & Blocks

How do you describe someone who is just amazingly awesome in the right words? Sometimes you just use the words you have, and that is exactly what Shawn Wood AKA Flourish & Blocks is, amazingly awesome. Flourish is one of the first faces you see in the crowd at a bout, welcoming and ready to share all the derby stuff with you. They want to welcome you into our community with open arms, so you feel as accepted as they once did when they first ventured in. Flourish gets that it’s not just the roller derby that makes our league the best, it’s the people and they are willing to put in the time to help continue the tradition. Rose City Rollers thanks you for all your time and commitment to continuing to make our league one of the best, inclusive, and welcoming in the world.

Why have you stayed involved with RCR?
​I love the community. Everyone is willing to jump in and help to the best of their ability when something is needed. I also love the feeling of empowerment I get from playing this sport. I’m comfortable in my own skin for maybe the first time in my life.

What was/has been your favorite volunteer experience?
​Each of my roles is different and I love what I do in all of them, but officiating has allowed me to see this sport from an entirely different angle. It’s also allowed me to scratch the travel itch by applying to officiate various tournaments and go to some awesome places, all in the name of derby! It’s really amazing to see the wider derby community, meet new people, and see how we all work together to make this sport, and even the world, a better place all the time.

What have you gained from your experience volunteering with RCR?
​Leadership skills and communication skills. I have more confidence than I’ve ever had before. It’s bled over into my professional life and I know I have the capability to handle anything.

Any suggestions for new volunteers or those considering volunteering with RCR?
​Jump in! We’re almost entirely volunteer-run and we always need people! I guarantee there’s something for everyone.