Volunteers Needed!

The Keweenaw Roller Derby League is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sportsmanship and inclusivity! We invite you to be a part of our league this summer through volunteering!

HISTORIC CALUMET COLOSSEUM

DATES:
• MAY 25th, 4:30 PM
• JUNE 22nd, 4:30 PM
• JULY 13th, 4:30 PM
• AUGUST 31st, 4:30 PM

BENEFITS:
• Free Admission to Bout
• Free Meal and Drink Token
• EPIC Saturday Night

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:
• Security
• Ticket Sales
• Merch and Drink Sales
• Skater Check-in

Earn 3-4 Service Hours per Bout!

Featured Skater: Scrambled Legs

Scrambled Legs posing in front of a brick wall with fire coming from her knee.
Photo by Brockit, Inc.

Name: Scrambled Legs or just Legs if we’re friends!

Number: 77

Team/League History: I’ve only had the pleasure of skating with KRD. 

How did you get involved with roller derby? I’ve wanted to be in roller derby since high school but never really lived near a great team. When I moved to the area and heard about KRD I practically died of happiness and joined the next open new skater program!

Where are you from originally? Born and raised Yooper. 

Name a fun little known fact about you: I love getting caught in the rain! The worse the storm, the better. 

How did you pick your name? I have long legs, which are often in a state of being scrambled even off skates. Plus puns bring joy to all who hear them. 

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background? I have frequently lied about playing basketball in high school because I’m tall… some people have fallen for it. 

Please tell us about your rookie year and how you learned to play or officiate roller derby? I was by a pretty good measure the worst of the new recruits. I could barely skate more than a few strides without falling. And it was totally fine! KRD is so supportive of skaters at all levels and I’ve come so far since then. 

Do you have a pre-game ritual? I love donning my war paint and bout outfit with a playlist that definitely includes Katie Perry and Shania Twain. It makes me feel so empowered. 

Do you have a favorite motivational quote?  It’s basic, and Nike probably owns the trademark, but “Just do it,” has always got me. 

What is your position of choice? I’m a blocker, I hope to play all positions and jam someday though! 

What is your favorite drill at practice and why? When we set up obstacle courses. So fun! 

How would you describe your derby playing style? Scrambled haha. Maybe wiggly. 

What advice do you have for people who want to get involved in roller derby? It’s not just something we say, no matter your skating ability or athleticism you belong. And if being a skating player doesn’t suit you, there are a bunch of other ways to stay involved and maintain the awesome camaraderie, namely officiating and reffing. 

Keeping with our 2024 season theme (A Decade of Derby), what is your personal favorite decade or era? Why? I’m a vintage fashion aficionado. The 1930’s-40’s will always have my heart. Vintage vibes, not vintage values! 

And lastly, favorite places in the Keweenaw?  Misery Bay is the place to be! 

Featured Skater: Pippi StrongWhomping

Pippi Strongwhomping skating through a group of blockers.
Photo by Jim Dier

Name: Pippi StrongWhomping

Number: 10

Team/League History: I have been with KRD for the entirety of my derby career!

Year you became involved in roller derby: 2017

How did you get involved with roller derby? I was invited to watch my first ever bout (shout out to Skatin) KRD vs Kingsford Krush and the very next day was a fresh meat recruitment day. I showed back up the following day, put on some skates, and have been skating ever since!

Where are you from originally? Born in Escanaba, but was raised in troll country. Moved back to the UP for good in 2006.

Name a fun little known fact about you: I have my degree in Interior Design, but haven’t practiced design in about 15 years and I used to fly gliders.

How did you pick your name? I have always been a fan of Pippi Longstocking books and since I’m a ginger, I had to have a derby name that went along with that. I always wear my hair in braids with tall colorful socks with extra freckles for bout days!

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background? I had a pair of quad skates that you buckled over your sneakers when I was like 4 and then, of course, I rollerbladed through the 90’s!

Please tell us about your rookie year and how you learned to play or officiate roller derby? Oh my rookie year was so fun! I tried on skates at a fresh meat recruitment and then took KRD’s fresh meat course in the fall of 2017. I started skating with the vets the following February and then was lucky enough to pass my minimum skills test and bout in my first bout with the team in either April or May of the 2018 season. I was pretty much terrified the entire time, it was fantastic!

Do you have a pre-game ritual? Drink tons of water and pee a lot, lol! Does that count?

Do you have a favorite motivational quote?  Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy! (kidding, I’m just a big Karate Kid fan)

What is your position of choice? Blocker, but I will fill in wherever needed. I’ll pivot, I’ll jam, I’ll cheer from the bench, just tell me where I am most useful!

What is your favorite drill at practice and why? Oh I have a love/hate relationship with footwork/lateral movement drills. I love them because I always need to work on them and I hate them because I ALWAYS need to work on them. I have the most fun with any type of scrimmage work though!

How would you describe your derby playing style? Solid/stable. I like to be difficult to move and I like to hit hard when I can!

Have you held any leadership positions in leagues? How have those positively impacted your personal roller derby career?  I am currently KRD’s skater rep and have been for a couple of seasons now. I am also on the training committee which allows me to stay involved and engaged in practices and help our team to improve, evolve, and grow.

What is your job outside of roller derby? And how, if at all, has it contributed to your experience of roller derby?  My husband/partner and I own a chiropractic office. He’s the chiropractor and I do everything else. Owning a business has contributed to my roller derby experience because it enables us to sponsor the team and also it indirectly led me to roller derby (we have a lot of roller derby patients, lol!)

What advice do you have for people who want to get involved in roller derby? Just give it a try! If you find that skating isn’t for you, just remember that roller derby wouldn’t be possible without all of our on and off skate volunteers and officials. There is always a place for you! 

Keeping with our 2024 season theme (A Decade of Derby), what is your personal favorite decade or era? Why?  I’m a 90’s girl at heart! Give me some 90’s alternative music, a concert tee, torn jeans, and a flannel shirt and I am a happy girl.

And lastly, favorite places in the Keweenaw?  There are too many to pick, pretty much anywhere I can camp with my family and get away from life for a few days!

ENHANCE COMMUNITY ACCESS TO ROLLER DERBY WITH OPEN GEAR LIBRARY

KRD Giving Bean Coffee & Tea Fundraiser

Purpose: Increase access to roller derby by decreasing financial barriers
Funding: KRD Gear Library and Skater Financial Assistance
Goal: $2,000
Dates: 3/24/2024 – 5/4/2024

Buy coffee and support a skater! Keweenaw Roller Derby (KRD), a 501(c)(3) flat-track roller derby league in the Copper Country, is excited to share our upcoming Giving Bean Coffee & Tea Fundraiser. For every purchase made via this fundraiser, KRD receives up to 40% of the profit. These funds will be allocated to establish a KRD Gear Library and a Skater Financial Assistance fund. These programs aim to alleviate these financial deterrents and make roller derby in the Copper Country accessible to everyone.

To participate safely in roller derby, skaters must be equipped with appropriate gear. A full set of basic, new equipment (skates, pads, helmet, and mouthguard) costs a minimum of $350. This upfront cost to starting roller derby can deter individuals who would benefit physically and mentally from participation in an inclusive, supportive, and driven athletic community. Similarly, there are ongoing dues and insurance costs each skater must pay to maintain membership; the Skater Financial Assistance fund is designed to support skaters who may be facing financial hardship.

Keweenaw Roller Derby is excited to work with you to bring roller derby to more people across the Copper Country! To place an order for the Giving Bean Coffee & Tea Fundraiser, click or scan the following images:

For more information on KRD’s Giving Bean Coffee & Tea Fundraiser and how to support the KRD Gear Library, please visit keweenawrollerderby.com or contact Kara Paavilainen at communityrelations@keweenawrollerderby.com.