One of the most amazing things I learned about the Roller Derby community is that it is exactly that: a community. When a derby brother or sister is in need, his or her league is the first to jump in and offer help. And it isn’t just league members that skaters, refs, and nso’s will lend a hand to. Derby leagues are known for their charity work as well, holding fundraisers and making public appearances to benefit a plethora of causes and local businesses.
This Saturday, January 19, at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton, Shoreline Roller Derby and the Connecticut RollerGirls have teamed up to do just that with a Green and White Scrimmage to benefit the Sandy Hook School Fund.
From the official press release:
What started out a small fundraiser has become a big derby deal. Originally, the Green and White Scrimmage for Sandy Hook was a simple fundraiser put together by Connecticut RollerGirls, Shoreline Roller Derby, and Galaxy Roller Rink. Skaters from both leagues would mix up and play each other and hopefully skaters from nearby leagues Hartford Area Roller Derby, Providence Roller Derby, and Worcester Roller Derby would join in the fun for the cause.
It wasn’t long before news of this event was released in the derby world, and members from leagues all over New England were reaching out asking to participate. More than 100 skaters (males and female), officials (skating and non), EMT’s, and other volunteers rose to the occasion, not only volunteering their time (Roller Derby is an unpaid sport), but actually paying to skate.
The result is dream teams of sorts skating in “multi-level goodwill scrimmages.” Members of Providence Roller Derby, Hartford Area Roller Derby, Worcester Roller Derby, Central New York Roller Derby, Hellions of Troy, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby, Suburbia Roller Derby, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Mass Attack Roller Derby, Connecticut Death Quads, Quadfathers, New York Shock Exchange, and Mass Maelstrom will all be “joining CTRG and SLRD” on the track.
Erin Cox, otherwise known as Betty Schnockered, from SLRD took some time to speak to me about the event, “Both of the mixed scrimmages will be 20 minutes and then the advanced one will be 30 minutes.” Doors open at 4:30, the first whistle is at 5:00, and admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds, including the fee skaters paid to bout, bake sale earnings, and 50/50 raffle money will go toward the Sandy Hook School Support Fund set up at the Newtown Savings Bank by the United Way of Western Connecticut.
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So go on out and support your local roller girls and guys, not only for the love of derby, but also to honor the memory of those whose lives were devastated on that horrible day in Newtown that touched us all.