Kerri Slack started the Damzel Dollz Junior Roller Derby League because her 14-year-old daughter was interested in the sport and she wanted to give her and other girls the opportunity to be part of a supportive team environment. Kerri knew nothing about starting a roller derby league, but she hasn’t hesitated to do whatever was necessary to get this one going. The league is open to 8 to 17 year old girls—9 girls are currently registered and more are expected—and is coached by guest coaches from area leagues (Kalamazoo, Marshall, Battle Creek, Hastings, Rochester Hills).
Kerri has covered some of the costs herself and others will be covered by registration fees, but she needed help with some key items. She approached BFJ for funding to cover the fees for required registration with the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA), the cost of event sanctioning for the season, a first aid kit, the team logo, and training equipment. We appreciated Kerri’s willingness to take on the challenge of starting the league from scratch and all the work that she has done so far. BFJ of SW Michigan was pleased to grant her $375 for JRDA registration, a first aid kit, the team logo, and partial coverage of the event sanctioning costs for the season.