April Official/Volunteer of the Month: Gary Ono
One of the biggest supporters of SVRG can be seen on the sidelines at every home bout and scrimmage. Gary Ono, one of SVRG’s EMTs, has been with SVRG since 2012. Not only do we appreciate the copious amounts of time he has donated to us, we are greatful for the wonderful care that he has given to skaters for their injuries. Any skater will tell you that Gary is an essential part of our league. We couldn’t do it without you Gary! Congratulations on Official/Volunteer of the Month!
How did you become involved with roller derby?
Jeff Chung (one of the other SVRG medics) got me involved. It is the most fun volunteer gig I have ever done. It is an honor and a pleasure to take care of you ladies.
How long have you been an EMT?
Since the mid 70’s. I was in the second EMT class at UCLA right when the program was getting started. The most rewarding events as an EMT were delivering 2 babies on the side of the road in the backseat of cars on the same stretch of highway 3 years apart. So much fun!!!!
Do you have a favorite moment from a bout or scrimmage?
When a jammer chases down and passes another jammer. Also when jammers slip through the pack seemingly unimpeded (I call it the stealth pass).
4. What do you enjoy doing when you are not taking care of SVRG?
Volunteer for the Red Cross, photography, cooking (used to be a chef), long-distance shooting and sailing.