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Friday, September 26, 2014

Ft. Hood Hell on Wheels VS Marble Falls Night Mares

Marble Falls Night Mares & Fort Hood Hell on Wheels


Sunday, September 21st, Hell on Wheels had its very first scrimmage against Marble Falls Night Mares!! This was very exciting for both teams, and we also learned a whole lot together! Due to my injury I wasn't able to play, but I do think I was able to get some good shots!






















































The final score was 247-57 with Hell on Wheels winning. They did amazing. Both teams did amazing. It was so cool watching everyone work so hard, especially knowing how much hard work went into practices!!

Thank you so much to the Marble Falls Night Mares for hosting us, it was a great experience!! Hopefully we'll be able to do it again soon!

Dont forget to check us out at  Hell on Wheels Facebook! And check out Marble Falls Facebook as well!

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Evon

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Intersection of Gaming and Charity


If there's one thing I know about stereotypes, it's that (like rules) they are made to be broken, destroyed, and turned upside down. And one that is surely being taken down is the stereotype that gamers are lazy, selfish fools who don't care about much else other than what's in front of them on a glowing screen. Now, while those people surely exist—you can find extreme versions of anyone literally anywhere—there are plenty of gamers working to abolish this stereotype. And just how are they doing it? By giving back to those less fortunate and showing that they care.



Case in point: the incredible work done through Childsplay Charity Since 2003, this organization has raised money and helped distribute gifts to children in hospitals across the globe. The goal is simple: Make their stay at the hospital more comfortable and enjoyable through the joy of games and toys.

The organization works in two different ways. First, they accept cash donations throughout the year to "purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities." Additionally, they work with these locations to put together wish lists for the kids, who receive "video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff." Awesome, right? Absolutely. And if you're doubting their work in any way, just look at this—they raised $7.6 million in 2013.

And here's the thing: the intersection of gaming and charity goes beyond the (great) work of an organization like Child's Play. In fact, there's a strong tie between the increasingly popular old-school game of bingo and charitable acts. Sounds kind of crazy, right? I thought so too, but it there's some notable work being done there.



According to Which Bingo , nearly $17,000 was raised at a bingo event this past summer that, on its face, appears absurd. It turns out that a makeshift bingo hall was created in Manchester, England in July to serve two purposes: Play a game with the biggest balls ever—seriously they set a Guinness World Record—and raise funds for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign. Of course, in addition to a clearly solid check for the MCAC, the folks at the event raised some awareness for cancers that impact the lives of men, including testicular and prostate cancers.

Similarly, albeit in an online setting, Betfair's Bingo Promotions includes the opportunity to assist in raising money for the Anthony Nolan Charity. For those unfamiliar with the U.K.-based charity, it deals primarily with blood cancer and finding bone marrow matches to help save lives. Every 20 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, Betfair notes on their site, and they're aiming to fight the disease by giving at least several thousand dollars to the charity, if not more.

It's truly inspiring to see all this charitable work done on behalf of gamers across the globe. It also gives me hope that, despite all the terrible things in the world, there are people out there who truly care for others and can look outside of themselves. Not only that, but it just makes me proud as a gamer myself. Keep up the great work, guys!


This is a guest post by Sharon Long, a longtime gamer who just recently got into writing for blogs. When she's not coming up with her next article idea, Sharon can be found taking on all challengers in Mario Kart 8

Evon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hell On Wheels Roller Derby League

Hell On Wheels Roller Derby
Our Head Coach, teammates and Myself

I'm not sure if I've posted much about roller derby on my blog, but that will definitely change. So let me introduce my team to you! We are the Hell On Wheels Roller Derby League. We are based out of Fort Hood Texas and we are a Rec. League. What that means is that we don't tie skaters down to the team. Because we are a recreational team, we are not strict with things like attendance requirements. We also invite everyone to come and skate with us! We practice twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) from 7pm-9:30pm.

Please like our Facebook to keep up to date on what the team is up to!! We appreciate everyone and we love you for the support!

We are getting ready for our first scrimmage which will be on September 21st! We will be going against Marble Falls Night Mares! I am so proud of my teammates, they have been working so hard and are lookin' good! check out some photos of them in action!

Hell on Wheels Roller Derby
Hell on Wheels Roller Derby


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Hell on Wheels Roller Derby

Hell on Wheels Roller Derby

Hell on Wheels Roller Derby

Hell on Wheels Roller Derby


These ladies have been pushing it to the limit and I can't wait to see how they do at the first scrimmage! If you are in the Fort Hood area and are curious about roller derby, like our Facebook page, then come out to practice!!


Hell on Wheels Roller Derby



Evon