Leaving Our Mark On the Local Community

By Alka-Velsor

“Without Art [and I like to think, Roller Derby] the crudeness of the world would be unbearable.” –George Bernard Shaw.

Whether they are on or off skates, the ladies and gents of SCAR Derby hold community involvement in a very high regard.  Last year we selected various non-profit organizations to support at our home bouts, such as The Centre County Women’s Resource Center and Toys For Tots, as well as had teams participate in local charitable walks/runs/events.  Additionally, skaters are a generally philanthropic bunch, and SCAR Derby skaters and refs donate their time, talent, and treasure to a variety of local non-profit organizations.

This year we are exploring new ways to become involved with local non-profits, and will be seeking to partner with a number of them during SCAR Derby's bouting season.  The first of these beneficiaries will be the Community Arts Collective (CAC).

The CAC was formed in 2009 by group of people sharing a common interest in the arts and the desire
to create positive change within the community. Among them is SCAR Derby skater Animalisa, who is debuting as a member of the Mount Nittany Mayhem this weekend in the St. Valentine's Massacre.  Walking down Calder Alley, between Allen Street and Fraser Street, you probably have noticed the newest downtown mural on the side of McLanahan’s.  You can thank the CAC for this “Dreams Take Flight” community mural project and look forward to their next mural project, “The Colors of Music.”  

We are happy to contribute 100% of the proceeds from our half-time duck toss event at our 2nd Annual St. Valentines Massacre bout this Saturday, Feb. 18th to this project.  Be sure to stop by the Community Arts Collective table at the bout for more information and to find out how you can help the CAC.