By Nick BeJeaux
The RSRD All Stars knocked the crap out of Birmingham’s Tragic City Rollers, 222 – 118, during their last bout of May.
Hosted at Leo’s Rollerland, the bout donated a major part of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Girls On The Run organization’s south Louisiana chapter. GOTR is a non-profit prevention program that encourages self respect and healthy living in girls (third through eighth grade) through running.
“We teach our girls to be joyful, healthy and confident – girls that do roller derby definitely display those traits,” said Samantha Rebowe, volunteer and community outreach coordinator for GOTR. “They came and supported our girls during our 5k; they manned a water station for us – they were very involved. We just love seeing girls in the community supporting other girls.”
Rebowe said that in addition to the exercise and support, GOTR also provides scholarships for the girls that participate.
“Over 55 percent of our girls are on scholarships, so a lot of our funds and donations go into that so every girl can participate – we don’t want to turn anyone away from our program,” she said. “We also use the funds to put on our 5ks and other things like that.”
Jams P. Skullivan, A.K.A. Stacy Sullivan, is RSRD’s president and revealed that GOTR and RSRD go way back and hopes that the girls she and her team help find roller derby as awesome as they do.
“Last year we were running buddies during their 5k,” she said. “We like to work with them because they’re mentoring and helping young girls – we also hope that when they grow up they’ll want to play roller derby. Self confidence is something you need for roller derby – absolutely.”
The RSRD All Stars have two bout coming up this summer on June 7 and July 19 against the Houston Knockouts and the Alamo City Las Tejanas respectively. The bout against the Knockouts will be at Leo’s while the Tejanas bout will be at the Baton Rouge River Center.
“The Tejanas are a very good team,” said Skullivan. “We’re going to be spending a lot of time watching bout footage. We’re going to do our homework, play our game and work on our own strategy.”
GOTR is starting it’s new season in August and is in need of volunteers, coaches and mentors for the girls it supports. For more information, visit http://www.girlsontherunsola.org.