Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will be cranking it up at Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’. The roller derby bout is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Birdtown Gym. Swain County’s own Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will host a double header including a Fresh Meat Invitational and will face off against the Upstate Roller Girl Evolution from Easley, SC.
Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ will also feature a pre-bout car show. Car and hot rod enthusiasts are encouraged to show up in their newly shined rides. Doors open at 4:30 so there will be plenty of time to show off the region’s best cars and trucks. First bout starts at 5:30 with your hometown team Smoky Mountain Roller Girls taking the track at 7pm.
Proceeds from the bout will benefit the Hawthorn Heights and Cherokee Children’s Home. Smoky Mountain Roller Girls are also requesting fans bring donations of school supplies to the bout. The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls have a tradition of donating proceeds from their ticket sales to local charities since their debut sold out bout in 2012.
SMRG has also donated funds to other organizations such as Qualla Safe House and Big Brothers and Big Sister of Swain County in the past. The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls used the Bryson City Christmas Parade as an opportunity to collect canned food items to donate to Community Table’s food bank.
Smoky Mountain Roller Girls is a non-profit all women’s flat track derby team from Swain County, North Carolina. Skaters from Swain, Jackson, Haywood and Macon counties comprise the team. Women ages 18 and up are encouraged to come out for practice on Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm. Men and women are invited to join the team as non-skating officials, referees and volunteers. Tickets for Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ are $5 ahead of time or $7 at the door and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. Children under 5 are always free. Tuckasegee Tavern will be hosting an after party beginning at 8:00 pm following the bout.
– Smoky Mountain Roller Girls