Okay, it’s not really actually a smackdown. Not technically. CLAW includes all, especially women as feisty and fierce as the Charlottesville Derby Dames, our own roller derby team. This month all proceeds from the smackdown go to the Dames who are working their wheels off trying to get their team going and a place to hold their bouts. Come down to the Blue Moon this Tuesday night to cheer on your favorite wrassler, as the Ref calls them, and don’t forget to bring cash money for CLAW trinkets and betting and bribing! Here’s the lineup as it stands right now.
Here’s the official word from the Derby Dames:
The Charlottesville Derby Dames are proud to be Charlottesville, VA’s first all-female, skater-owned, flat track roller derby league. Our goal is to empower women by fostering athleticism, self-worth and friendly competition to promote their physical, mental and social health. We are also dedicated to contributing to the Charlottesville community through service-oriented volunteer work, contributions to charitable organizations and promoting charitable events.
We are working hard to develop our team and become a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association so we can begin competing this fall. We are still searching for a bigger space where we can practice and also host public bouts with bands, food and derby fun. Currently we practice every Wednesday at the Armory on Avon Street Extended from 7 to 10 p.m. New skaters are always welcome, and guys are encouraged to come out too; we need referees!