Flying Elbows And Rat Rods of Derby!
(Davenport, Iowa) The Quad City Rollers had such a great time at the Flying Eyeball Reunion that they decided to keep the fun going inside the RiverCenter as they present "Flying Elbows" Saturday, September 18. The opposing team will be the Old Capital City Rollers from Iowa City.
The night starts off with the Fresh Meat Grinder mixer featuring the newest skaters from the QC Rollers and Iowa City as well as from the Peoria Push Derby Dames and Farm Fresh Roller Girls. After the grinder the main bout will get rolling and if you have ever seen these two teams battle it out, you know that the track side seating will be the place to be!
"I am so excited for the girls who have been working hard to get to skate in what is, for many, their first bout." said mixer team Captain Cheetara Daal (Tricia Willis). "It will be so fun to have all the girls from some very new teams and girls that are just new to derby come out and show what they have been working so hard for".
The QC Rollers were established in 2006 with a "by the skaters, for the skaters" mantra and have since grown to bout with teams from across the MidWest. Based on a mission of inclusion for women of all shapes, sizes and ages the QC Rollers want to promote an active and empowering lifestyle for women through a sport structured around endurance and calculated aggression. What comes as a surprise to many outside the sport is that the skaters do not get paid, at all, for participating; in fact they all pay monthly dues and purchase their own gear to be members of the league. The skaters are also primary owners, managers, and operators of the league. A portion of all bout ticket sales is given back to a local non-profit organization chosen by a skater.
"Giving back is something that is simply part of the sport, like knee-socks and mouth-guards," says QC Rollers Vice President El Efino (Ellonyia Yenney). "We are very blessed to be able to come out and have our fans be there for us and we have to be there for our community."
Balloon animals for the kids, beer and "Rat Rods" for the adults -- combine all of that with the excitement of roller derby and intermission music by the Afterdarks and the entire family will have an amazing night.
"We have an outstanding team of athletes," beams President and Captain of the QC Rollers, Sugar N' Slice (Leigh Ann Hodges). "As we are going into our 3rd home season I am beyond amazement at how far we've come as a league and a sport. This is going to be the biggest and best season yet!"
RiverCenter doors open at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $12 or $9 in advance (kids 12 and under are free). Snag your tickets from a Quad City Roller, RiverCenter box office or other Ticketmaster outlet. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the QCA Adaptive Sports Association.