Published On: Mon, Jun 30th, 2014

Dunk a Rollergirl on the Fourth of July

Ashley Claxton, aka “White Crash” of the Smoky Mountain Rollergirls, chats with a group of girls during a local parade.  The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls are holding a dunk tank fundraiser Friday, July 4 during the Bryson City Freedom Fest. (SMRG photo)

Ashley Claxton, aka “White Crash” of the Smoky Mountain Rollergirls, chats with a group of girls during a local parade. The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls are holding a dunk tank fundraiser Friday, July 4 during the Bryson City Freedom Fest. (SMRG photo)

The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls (SMRG) and their junior league girls, The Lil’ Nemesisters, will be on hand at the Freedom Fest street festival in Bryson City on Friday, July 4 from 10 a.m. – 5p.m.  The girls of SMRG will be taking turns plunging into the dunk tank to raise funds to help the team pay for travel and bout production costs.  The Rollergirls will also be skating around town, answering questions about roller derby, and recruiting new skaters and volunteers.

The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls is a female roller derby league that aims to provide an outlet for fun, fitness and camaraderie among its members. Their goals range from developing athletic ability and fostering teamwork among our members to giving back to our community through charitable donations of time and activity.  This year, among the charities that the league donates proceeds to are the Cherokee Children’s Home and Hawthorn Heights.

SMRG is actively seeking skaters (women, all shapes and sizes, no experience necessary), referees (male or female, all are welcome), NSO’s (non-skating officials), volunteers, fans and sponsors. Check them out at the Swain County Recreation Park on Sundays 5-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. Find them on Facebook or at www.smokymountainrollergirls.com.

– SMRG

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