GGRD: Homeless!


GGRD hands out the bad news in an email: Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD), New York City’s only all-girl Roller Derby league, has lost their home. After decades of operation in the South Bronx, the Skate Key Rink (home to the Gotham Girls monthly season games and year-round practices) has closed its doors for good – leaving GGRD homeless. This news comes only 4 weeks before their 2006 season opener, scheduled for April 7, 2006.

GGRD has launched a campaign to find a new practice location and game venue (“Operation Crash Pad”), and is looking for supporters and sponsors to help keep all-girl roller derby alive in New York City. To offer support or to donate to Operation Crash Pad, visit their website at or contact league founder Chassis Crass (aka Karin Bruce) at

During the hunt for a new location, Gotham Girls will keep their established season schedule until alterations need to be made. Their Second Annual DerbyTaunt Ball Fundraiser will go on as scheduled (Sunday, March 26, 2006 at the Delancey (168 Delancey at Clinton) starting at 7PM. The evening will feature team roster announcements, official christening of 24 new skaters, as well as team themed drink specials, and 80s tunes spun by DJs Ian Aruba and Jared Preston. Festive attire is strongly encouraged.

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