Roller derby home opener will benefit Foodnet Meals on Wheels

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers is back in action this weekend, and the first home bout of the season will benefit Foodnet Meals on Wheels. Saturday’s event will feature a junior exhibition bout followed by an ILWR interleague bout.

Ithaca SufferJets hosted the Lansing Derby Vixens from Michigan in Cortland last season. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

The all-female flat-track roller derby league is beginning its tenth season on Saturday, May 13th, after a change of schedule. The league has two teams (the SufferJets and BlueStockings) and a junior derby program that helps teach girls how to skate and how to compete in this increasingly popular sport.

Ithaca’s Junior Rollers will kick off the action with a 6pm exhibition bout featuring younger players. Kids are a big part of the action at ILWR events, says skater Katie Everhart. The junior derby team is called the Title IXs, and they often have scrimmages during halftime or between bouts of doubleheaders. Kids also help at the bouts, selling merchandise or the rubber ducks for the halftime duck toss.

A junior roller derby scrimmage last season. 14850 file photo.

Perhaps best of all, kids are a big part of the SufferJets and BlueStockings fan base. Both boys and girls have a chance to see women of all shapes and sizes competing and having a great time, and it makes a clear impact.

“We have many ties to the community, donate to charities, and wonderful culture that has been empowering women, and local athletes since 2008,” says Everhart.

Doors open at 5pm Saturday at Cass Park, on Taughannock Boulevard (Route 89) next to the Hangar Theatre and the Treman Marina, and the first whistle is at 6pm. The bout between the SufferJets and BlueStockings will begin at about 7:30pm.

Tickets are available for $8 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at the door for $10, or for children for $5.

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