Some fun and amazing things happening with Green Mountain Roller Derby as we wrap up our spring season!
On April 29th, Grade A Fancy played against Twin State Derby in a game titled Skating for a Cure, Strength of Body and Mind. Grade A Fancy, despite having low numbers due to injury and a few penalties, was able to pull out the win with a 207-155 score. The game was exciting and we can’t wait to play our neighbors, TSD, in the future! This game supported the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc. MZMF supports sworn VT Law Enforcement Officers and their immediate families who are faced with catastrophic situations which pose a significant financial hardship. Vermont State Police Officer Dan Marcellus was the beneficiary of some of the proceeds from our last spring home game against TSD, thanks to MZMF. Trooper Marcellus continues to fight brain cancer. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts. MZMF was started by Officer Michael Zemanek’s family after he passed away due to Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS). Officer Zemanek was an officer with great integrity and was well respected throughout the law enforcement and the public safety community. Green Mountain Roller Derby is honored to have partnered with MZMF in order to raise money for their organization and for Vermont State Police Officer Dan Marcellus. Please visit their website: http://www.mzmf.org/ and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MZmemorialfoundation/
On June 9th, Grade A Fancy will be heading to Rockport, Maine, to participate in Coastal Chaos 2017! This WFTDA sanctioned tournament has teams coming from as far as Gothenburg, Sweden (Gothenburg Roller Derby). We will open the tournament by playing against Fog City Rollers, based out of St. John, New Brunswick on Friday, June 9th at 3pm. Other teams participating in this tournament are Bay State Brawlers out of Mass, Connecticut Roller Derby, Central New York Roller Derby, and Low Country High Rollers, from South Carolina. GMRD wants to thank the Rock Coast Rollers for hosting this tournament. We also want to share that a portion of the proceeds for this tournament will be donated to New Hope for Women (www.NewHopeforWomen.org). Again, we are looking forward to playing in this tournament. As a team, we have chosen to camp together while in Maine. Keep an eye or for bout pictures and team camping pictures.
On June 3rd, we are hosting a bottle drive at two locations in order to raise money for league expenses. From 12-3pm, you can drop your bottles off at either Spring Bottle Redemption (1130 North Ave, Burlington) or Cap’n Cork (164 Porters Point, Colchester). Drop off your bottles and say high to your favorite skaters!
Remember to check our schedule and Facebook page for upcoming events! Also, keep an eye out at the various paved bike paths in the area, you may see your favorite skater cruising by! Skaters have been known to visit the Waterfront Bike Path, Stowe Bike Path, and Montpelier Bike Path. After skating in circles all winter, it feels great to be able to skate in a straight line.