For Immediate Release: Mass Attack Roller Derby has found a new home!
January 13, 2016
Fairhaven, MA — Mass Attack Roller Derby (MARD), Southeastern Massachusetts’ internationally ranked flat-track roller derby league, has found a home after a very long search. MARD will now call Carousel Family Fun Center of Fairhaven their new home base, having practice and hosting their 2016 season home games there.
Last summer, after a change in ownership at their last practice space, MARD found themselves temporarily without a home. The league was forced to find a new venue to practice and host games. Due to the lack of consistent practice space and venues that could accommodate a regulation-sized track, MARD was forced to cancel their last three games of the 2015 season. MARD’s skaters spent the summer months practicing outdoors in parking lots and on basketball courts and found a temporary home at the Driscoll Ice Arena in Fall River during the rink’s off season. MARD’s 2015 Board of Directors worked tirelessly to find a space that would accommodate the league’s needs at an affordable price for the volunteer/skater-run 501c3 non-profit organization.
“We cannot express what good news this is for our league. Losing our practice and game space in 2015 was a huge blow but we made the most of an unfortunate situation. We skated on broken glass-covered parking lots and dusty concrete floors with chipping paint, but ultimately it made us tougher, better skaters and brought us together as a league.” says MARD’s president, Malice Paul. The league will host four double-header home games at Carousel in 2016: on May 14th, June 4th, July 16th, and August 13th. Both of MARD’s teams, the All Stars and Bloody Bordens, travel throughout New England and beyond to play other leagues. But, the ability to host other teams in 2016 is a relief for the league.
Partnering with Carousel has afforded the league the ability to increase the number of practices per week and therefore step up their training. “Carousel has given us an opportunity to expand our total training hours per week, allowing MARD to become more competitive this season. Furthermore, having a consistent home allows our players to focus on their training rather than worry about practice logistics, which is a big deal for a volunteer-run sports business,” says Coaching chair Shock’n Roll. All levels of skaters, from beginners to veterans, will practice twice weekly at Carousel.
“We are really excited to be working with such an inspiring and successful woman owned and operated business such as Carousel. Roller derby really is about empowering each other to accomplish goals both on and off the track and having a relationship with a business woman who has accomplished so much is really exciting and uplifting for us as a league,” says Vice President Terpedo.
For more information on MARD and to stay up to date on their events, check out their website at www.massattackrollerderby.com. They are also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.