Monday, March 20, 2006

Don't Let New York City's Girls' Roller Derby League Die!

Please help! I received this press release from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League.

With the addition of a Bronx team this year, GGRD seems to be going strong. Now, their venue is closing its doors for good, leaving the girls without a home.

Please Help!

Operation CRASH PAD: Gotham Girls Search For New Home

New York, NY – March 16, 2006 – Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD), New York City’s only all-girl Roller Derby league, has lost their home. After decades of operation in the South Bronx, the Skate Key Rink (home to the Gotham Girls monthly season games and year-round practices) has closed its doors for good - leaving GGRD homeless. This news comes only 4 weeks before their 2006 season opener, scheduled for April 7, 2006.

GGRD has launched a campaign to find a new practice location and game venue ("Operation Crash Pad"), and is looking for supporters and sponsors to help keep all-girl roller derby alive in New York City. To offer support or to donate to Operation Crash Pad, visit their website at or contact league founder Chassis Crass (aka Karin Bruce).

During the hunt for a new location, Gotham Girls will keep their established season schedule until alterations need to be made. Their Second Annual DerbyTaunt Ball Fundraiser will go on as scheduled (Sunday, March 26, 2006 at the Delancey (168 Delancey at Clinton) starting at 7PM. The evening will feature team roster announcements, official christening of 24 new skaters, as well as team themed drink specials, and 80s tunes spun by DJs Ian Aruba and Jared Preston. Festive attire is strongly encouraged.

About GGRD and the national Roller Derby phenomenon:

All-girl Roller Derby has been sweeping the nation and NYC’s own Gotham Girls have been at the head of the pack. Founded in 2003, GGRD has lead the charge to bring the American-born sport of Roller Derby back to the limelight. This new incarnation is a sport with real rules, real penalties, real injuries and real champions. Add a punk rock attitude, a "DIY" credo and some in-your-face action and you have Roller Derby today. In 2005, an average of 1100 fans attended each of their monthly season games with numbers raising every game.

GGRD is a proud member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) along with 30 other active, skater owned and operated leagues around the country, and celebrates the 80+ leagues currently in various stages of formation. Derby dames have been making headlines around the world with features in Bust Magazine ("Hot Wheels", October, 2005), Rolling Stone ("Hot Catfight", October, 2005, The New York Times ("Tough Girls Roll in the Bronx", May 15, 2005) and more. Additionally, all-female derby leagues have been featured on television networks such as CNN, ESPN, FOX News Channel, Comedy Central and reality series on A&E.

For more info on GGRD or Roller Derby around the country, contact Ginger Snap or visit the GGRD Web site.

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