The ICT Roller Girls celebrate 10 years this season, but that’s not the only reason to celebrate. For the First time in roller derby history, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Playoffs will be held in Wichita.
“We are proud to say that we are celebrating "ten years and rolling," as ICT Roller Girls is Wichita's first roller derby team. Our league began in 2006 and we are honored to be hosting the biggest roller derby event Wichita has ever witnessed as we also celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary,” said Shelbi Carpenter of the ICT Roller Girls. “This is a huge deal for our league and for Wichita.”
The WFTDA playoffs will bring 10 roller derby teams from across the country and about 200 spectators to the Wichita Sports Forum, where teams will compete for a chance to play in the final, which will be held in Portland, OR.
The playoffs will run from Aug. 19-21, beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday and running through Sunday Evening.
“As a skater, roller derby is an aggressive contact sport that requires strategic thinking and agility. As a spectator, roller derby is a hard-hitting, edge-of-your-seat action kind of game,” Carpenter said.
The Event is open to the public, and ticket prices range in price from $15 for an evening pass to $65 for a weekend pass, and children ages eight and under get in for free. The playoffs will be the first tournament that the Roller Girls have ever hosted.
The ICT Roller Girls have grown over the past 10 years, now boasting a core of 40 members, both skating and non-skating. The girls are proud to offer a unique sport to the Wichita Community.
“Living in a city like Wichita that experiences all four seasons, roller derby athletes and fans have an opportunity to enjoy a sport that can be played any time of the year,” Carpenter said.
The team of year-round athletes offer more than entertainment to the community. The ICT Roller Girls also place a strong emphasis on the empowerment of women.
“The sport of roller derby offers friendship, athleticism, and empowerment to women in the Wichita community,” Carpenter said. “Being positive role models to young women is something that we take very seriously. We've worked hard to ensure the future of our sport by fostering young skaters through our Juniors program, and we're proud of all of the work our skaters have accomplished, on all levels.”
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