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Big Island Babes Jr. roller derby debut (May 19)


The Big Island’s first junior roller derby league, The Big Island Babes, presents its first public bout Saturday, May 19 at Afook-Chinen Hilo Civic Center.

“It’s A’ Bout Family”, the name of the event, is a benefit for The Neighborhood Place of Puna.

The Babes will donate their time to support The Neighborhood Place, a non-profit organization which benefits families and communities of Puna.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and the first bout begins at 11 a.m.

General admission tickets are $5 and children under 12 are $2. Tickets are available at The Neighborhood Place of Puna, or from your favorite Jr. Derby girl.

The Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league was started in June 2011 by Paradise Roller Girls with approximately 30 girls, ages 7-17.

Practice is held in Hilo at the Wainaku Gym, coached by a dedicated group of Paradise Roller Girls’ skaters and referees.

“Playing roller derby is a very athletic sport that develops endurance, flexibility, core strength, positive attitudes and self confidence,” Big Island Babes president Hallie Adolf said.

The Babes provide girls with a healthy and fun way to exercise and builds self-esteem. They provide a safe environment free of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and enforce the use of all required safety equipment.

Junior Derby also celebrates individuality, does not discriminate, and strives to provide a supportive environment at all times.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby is open to all girls, ages 7-17. The Babe’s next four-week rookie bootcamp begins June 6.

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