Grace O'Malice - DaVille Roller Derby
All roller derby teams like to push the envelope, so for a league built on the idea of community support, DaVille Roller Derby (DRD) doesn't just sit back and wait for people to approach them about community events. When they see a need, they create their own spot to fill it. "We do this because we love the community," says Devon "MistHer" Murphy at their current event. Save a Skater, Donate a Board is an annual school supplies drive geared toward the sometimes forgotten outcasts of the school community, the skaters.
At Double Decker Skate Park
in Fayetteville, North Carolina, it doesn't matter what kind of wheels you roll on; skate boards, blades & quads are all accepted. And during this event, those wheels make you eligible to receive a few school supplies to lighten your financial burden for this school year. DRD and the parents of the participating skaters know that every little bit helps when it comes to the bag full of supplies they'll need. You'll often hear MistHer talking about how important this type of event is to the community, and also to the league itself. "We have to make sure to give back to the community...because, without the community we can't exist."
MistHer and wife Tanea "Feelin' Froggy" Murphy put more into the league by sponsoring these events with their own company funds. 151 Threads
is always a proud sponsor of these events, along with a great team of other community supporting clubs and groups from around the Fayetteville area, like DaVille Skate Shop
and Street Mob Skateboards
. Also some unlikely partners such as Smokin Guns Tattoo
, The Drunk Horse Pub
and even Cape Beard
(a beard and mustache club) one of whose members donated his time to DJ the event. And of course, skaters Love Tap, KidStars
, Lil Shanksta
, Marsha Mellow, Half A Hard On, MistHer
, and yours truly HNSO Grace O'Malice
all took some time out of their Saturday to skate and talk with the kids who showed up.
Special thanks to JT DaVille
for use of his skatepark for this awesome event!
Pictured L to R:Talib (14), Armel (2), dad Jeremy, MistHer, Maliki (11)
Main photo: MistHer & JT DaVille pose with some of the collected school supplies.