The D.C. Lady Arm Wrestlers (DCLAW) league held their inaugural event as a fundraiser for the House of Ruth, a national nonprofit organization which serves as an advocate for battered women and their children. The league brought eight women in front of an eager crowd to battle out in arm wrestling matches. Each women held a theatrical persona matched with an over the top costume. As each wrestler prepared, onlookers placed bets on their favorite fighters.
“It was a lot of fun. Everyone was getting in on it,” said Holly Rothrock, co-organizer of the league and event. “I think there were a few people arm-wrestling that weren’t even part of the competition.”
When all the dust settled, more than $1,500 was raised for the organization. The DCLAW looks to have competitions every few months with proceeds benefiting a different charity each time. There are already women expressing interest in competing in the next event.