Courage. Character. Community.
Gainesville Roller Rebels (GRR) is Alachua County and Gainesville’s first and only competitive women’s flat track roller derby league. Founded in 2007 by Catherine Seeman aka Ms. Rebel, GRR was incorporated as a Florida Non-Profit organization in June 2008. As of January 31, 2012 , GRR is proud to announce its acceptance into the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) as an apprentice league.
The league boasts a roster of women from every walk of life — including stay-at-home moms, professionals, students and everything in-between — and strives to provide the opportunity to play this extreme sport to women skaters of all backgrounds while providing family-friendly entertainment to the Gainesville area. GRR is committed to fostering athletic ability, community involvement, sisterhood and personal empowerment within a physically demanding environment.
GRR’s main goal is the continued advancement of the skater at every level, from beginner to advanced. The league strives to combine nationally recognized roller derby standards and individual player desires to produce a well-rounded, competitive group of women athletes.
Charity Work & Community Action
GRR supports a wide variety of charitable organizations through fundraising efforts and volunteerism, and the league actively supports those groups that focus on young and adult women’s issues, the Gainesville community at-large and the environment. Efforts have included, but are not limited to, the following groups: Florida DOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, Girls Place, Inc., LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network and Spread The Love.
Praise for GRR’s community efforts:
For the past four years, the Girls Place (formerly known as the Girls Club of Alachua County), like many other non-profit agencies, has experienced huge cutbacks in the allocations received by United Way and other funding sources, due in the most part by the economy. Thus, the opportunity to offer scholarships to our families, even partial ones that reduce the existing inexpensive program fees were all but non-existent. … Donations from groups and individuals allow us to provide for the economically-disadvantaged in our After School, Summer Day Camp and athletic leagues programming. The generous gift of $700 from the Gainesville Roller Rebels has provided reduced rates during Summer Day Camp for 11 girls, the majority coming from single-parent homes. … Our agency has been in business since 1985, and this year we received a record number of 74 scholarship applications for the Summer Day Camp. The ladies of the Gainesville Roller Rebels have definitely helped us to meet the needs of some of the working-poor families and to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.
– Renae Clements, Executive Director, Girls Place, Inc.
GRR has had 48 blood donations at bouts so far in 2010. With each donation having the potential to help three different patients, GRR fans have helped save as many as 252 lives!
– LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
GRR’s Swamp City Sirens and Millhopper Devils logos design by Seth Russell Illustration