It gives us great pleasure to announce the Philly Roller Girls' 2014 charity partner: Philly Girls in Motion!
Philly Girls in Motion is a volunteer driven organization that encourages and motivates girls and their families to participate in fitness activities and learn about healthy nutrition. This local organization works in communities to start running/jogging clubs, provide group exercise classes, and deliver messages about healthy choices in Recreation Centers and schools in and around Philadelphia. Together, PRG and Philly Girls In Motion hope to continue promoting health and wellness for women in the Philadelphia region.
Learn more about Philly Girls In Motion at www.phillygirlsinmotion.org
Philly Roller Girls attended the last two skating sessions held at Class of 1923 Arena on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16. The girls took to the ice with the same enthusiasm they bring to every game and spent time interacting with skaters both young and old. PRG volunteers served up cups of hot chocolate – with marshmallows! – to warm the chilled ice skaters while telling tales of PRG’s growth in Philadelphia since its inception in 2005. Within the next few weeks, PRG members will replace the ice rink with a derby track and get to work for the 2014 season. Join us for the first double-header of 2014 at Class of 1923 Arena on Saturday, April 12 at 5:00PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
PRG volunteers staffed the 3rd Annual Philly Bierfest on Saturday, February 22, 2014. This celebration of the Philadelphia region’s German immigration and brewing heritage sells out each year, and this year was no exception! 650 attendees enjoyed samples of German food as well as a broad spectrum of beers from local breweries. PRG staffers engaged the crowd in arm wrestling contests and a stein-holding masskrugstemmen contest. As in years past, great care was taken to ensure all attendees had the chance to learn about, and be proud of, Philadelphia’s heritage. PRG are honored to be involved with this event each year and continue our mission of supporting groups within the community. Prost!
Here is a photo of most of the PRG volunteers who staffed the WHYY-FM 90.9 Winter Membership Pledge Drive on Thursday, February 6, 2014. (Not picture: Clam Jammer and Ginger Vitis)
PRG staffed the ever-popular College Challenge event, fielding calls that resulted in almost 300 pledges for the 4-hour shift. Earlham College was the eventual Challenge winner, with 28 pledges against Temple University's 24.
Volunteering in this capacity is in keeping with the Philly Roller Girls organizational mission to support other community nonprofits. WHYY 90.9 FM and WHYY TV12 are mainstays of the Philadelphia public media representing the entire Delaware Valley. PRG has staffed radio and TV pledge drives for WHYY since 2010, and have also appeared as guests on WHYY-FM's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane in April 2012.
Bierfest is back and brought to you by Philly’s fiercest female athletes – the Philly Roller Girls. We are excited to join dozens of brewers in celebrating the German-style suds we all know and love at this year's Bierfest. Did we mention you can arm wrestle a Philly Roller Girl? What's better than that!? Come on over and join us for some good, clean German-style fun.
What: Philly Bierfest 2014
Where: The German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA, 19123
When: Saturday, February 22
Time: 1:30-5:30 PM
Details: Craft and legacy brewers from all across Pennsylvania will pour their German-inspired wares, such as Victory, Yuengling, Sly Fox, Lancaster, Free Will, Neshaminy Creek, Yards, Barren Hill and Susquehanna. Importers of classic German beers will showcase a diverse array of German lagers and ales from small premium houses, like Kloster Andechs and Ayinger to larger regional brewers like Warsteiner and Hofbrau.
Bierfest is sure to sell out AGAIN this year, so don't miss out! For tickets and event information, please visit: http://phillybierfest.com
WHYY's Winter Pledge Drive As we continue our mission to support other nonprofit groups, Philly Roller Girls are proud to staff WHYY-FM 90.9's upcoming Winter Pledge Drive. WHYY, Greater Philadelphia's leading public media provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and all of Delaware for more than 50 years, relies on the support of audience members such as you. Philly Roller Girls will be answering phones and taking your pledges. So give us a ring! We look forward to hearing from you.
What: WHYY's Winter Pledge Drive
When: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 6:00-10:00 a.m.
Details: Supporters should listen to WHYY-FM 90.9 and call in to 1-888-345-9499 to make a pledge. Aren't able to call in and donate? You can make a contribution to WHYY at any time by visiting: www.whyy.org.
Want more derby in your life? "Jamming with the Philly Roller Girls," was featured in WHYY-FM's Radio Times on April 12, 2012. Check out the interview and mp3 by clicking here.
Happy Holidays, y'all! We're happy to announce that in 2014, Philly Roller Girls is starting our first-ever Juniors Program! Thanks to a HUGE response from our young skating clinic attendees this past summer, we've developed a program we think will challenge and encourage fresh talent...but we need your help!
Please consider helping us fund our brand-new program through a generous holiday donation today, so that by January 1, we're able to hit the ground skating! You can even leave us a message in the comments section if you'd like to make a donation in someone's name as a gift!
Help us train these brilliant, enthusiastic young women by helping us with seed funding for Philly Roller Girls' 2014 Junior Derby Program! Thanks so much for reading and sharing!
As the Philly Roller Girls prepare for our 2013 Annual Fresh Meat Tryouts (Fresh Meat = our rookie skaters training to be official league members), the league is buzzing with anticipation for our new recruits! While we all think back on our own experiences with tryouts and learning roller derby, we thought this might be a good time to share some advice for aspiring roller girls. Enjoy! And for more information, don’t forget to check out the Tryouts info page. Can’t wait to see you at our upcoming workshops and tryouts!
What is something you wish you knew before trying out for PRG?
“The Rocky theme song.” Pop A Roach
“Just how greatly it would impact my life. I thought I was trying out to play a sport, but it's so much more than I could have ever imagined.” Devoida Mercy
“That I was becoming part of something so much bigger than me.” Antidote
“To not be discouraged when learning new skills. Everyone is working hard to get better and struggling to learn new skills is sometimes just a part of the process! It will make you stronger and more well-rounded in the long run.” Goldy
What advice would give to skaters trying out this November?
“Don’t be afraid to attend workshops! I was so intimidated by them. I assumed I’d be judged and written off before the actual tryouts, but it’s really just the opposite. The workshops are a unique opportunity to get to know PRG skaters and accelerate your learning.” Goldy
written by Mark Zimmaro (@mzimmaro), photo by Bryan Gallagher
Holden Grudges’s trip last year to Philly was a memorable one.
Or maybe it wasn’t.
Her team at the time, Charm City of Baltimore, had just wrapped up its weekend of competition at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza and Grudges was on her way home.
But her roller derby equipment wasn’t. It remained at the SportsPlex Arena as the host Philly Roller Girls cleaned up after the party.
“I didn’t even realize I left without it,” Grudges said. “Thankfully, one of the other Charm girls grabbed it but I don’t remember who did. I was a little drunk (from the abundance of derby action that weekend).”
Maybe it was a sign that the derby gear recognized before Grudges did. Regardless, the Liberty Belles have a new transfer.
And a pretty good one.
Holden Grudges made her first bout appearance with PRG’s Heavy Metal Hookers Training team as it took on the Junkyard Dolls of — you guessed it — Charm City in a non sanctioned competition.