Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo Proposed Marriage With the Help of Her Roller Derby Team

Eureka City Councilmember, Natalie Arroyo proposes before her game last night.

Eureka City Councilmember, Natalie Arroyo proposes before her game last night. [All photos by Mark McKenna]

Saturday night, the crowd at the Redwood Acres Fairground went wild when Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo and blocker for the Humboldt Roller Derby team, proposed to her boyfriend, Jason Lopiccolo.

It was the final bout of the season.

Arroyo's teammates supported her proposal with a choreographed dance.

Arroyo’s teammates supported her proposal with a choreographed dance on skates.

After the junior team played, Arroyo and her teammates skated out to the sound of Erasure’s Always. 

Eureka City Councilmember, Natalie Arroyo proposes before her game last night. {photo by Mark McKenna]

Eureka City Councilmember, Natalie Arroyo proposes before her game last night. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

While her teammates splashed out some moves on skates, Arroyo swooped around the track holding a sign backward. As she rolled past part of the crowd towards Lopiccolo, the crowd behind her could read the words and cheered. As she came close to him, she flipped the sign around so he could read it.

Lopiccolo shared a warm kiss with Arroyo after saying yes.

Lopiccolo shared a warm kiss with Arroyo after saying yes.

Lopiccolo said yes!

Then he was given a helmet and skates and he joined the team on the track.

Roller derby proposal

A teammate, Ceci Walker, congratulates the couple.

Final Score: Love all…Oh, wait that’s tennis and this is roller derby but you get the idea.

Arroyo and Jason Lopiccolos exchange kisses

Arroyo and Jason Lopiccolo exchange kisses under the scoreboard at Redwood Acres.

To top off the night, Arroyo’s team won the final bout by a landslide. What a night to remember and a story to tell for generations!

Note: Instead of a ring, Arroyo presented Lopiccoco with a necklace with her thumbprint in one side and the Spanish word for heart, corazón, on the other side.

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