Oklahoma City, OK – It is with great excitement that Oklahoma Victory Dolls (OKVD) and OKC Outlaws Roller Derby (Outlaws) announce the unification of their leagues.

The purpose of this merger is to move forward together to combine resources to further Flat Track Roller Derby in the Oklahoma City metro area. The Outlaws brand will not end, but continue strong under the umbrella of OKVD, alongside All Star Squad and Battle Squad teams.

“The Outlaws had an amazing home season, going undefeated in 2015,” said Emma C Hammer, Outlaw Training Committee Head. “We are so excited to join with OKVD and play top notch derby. We will remain a regionally competitive team – the same hard hits, big jams, neon green and ‘bang bang’ enthusiasm our fans love. OKVD is an incredible non-profit organization and we look forward to writing the next chapter in the Outlaw story as their partners.”

A key benefit of this expanded league is the opportunity for skaters to play at different levels; whether it’s for fitness, local competition or on the national stage, skaters will find what they are looking for with OKVD. The solid structure of support, including referees, non-skating officials and volunteers, will allow league membership to grow and succeed in the sport of Flat Track Roller Derby.

“Our merger with the OKC Outlaws is a historic moment in Oklahoma’s Flat Track Derby movement,” explained Menace, OKVD’s Athletic Committee Head. “Our competitive advantage will increase with a larger pool of skaters, resources, and of course, our amazing fans. Derby is an electrifying demonstration of women’s athletic abilities and it is OKVD’s goal to bring more of its action to the Sooner State. “

The future is full of potential for OKVD – we are thrilled for everyone to enjoy the journey with us!

ABOUT OKVD: The Oklahoma Victory Dolls (OKVD) are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, focusing on sportsmanship and giving back to the community. OKVD was founded in 2006 and is the youngest league ever to be admitted to WFTDA. They are in their seventh season competing at a national level and representing OKC in the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.

ABOUT THE OUTLAWS: OKC Outlaws Roller Derby was founded in 2011 by a strong, passionate and competitive group of women. We range in ages from 18 to 45 and skills set vary from brand new to advanced. The OKC Outlaws promote health and well-being, female empowerment and equality.

ABOUT WFTDA:  The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 197 WFTDA member leagues and 98 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

For more information, please contact Candace Timmons, Media Representative, at 580-272-7927 or candace@ou.edu.