A Brief History of RCR
The Ring City Rollers were founded in Greenville, NC by Sara Yoder a.k.a. Shorty Fuse in 2006. At that time the team had a rule that stated skaters must live within 50 miles of Greenville. The leaders took a map and drew a 50 mile “ring” around the city, hence the name “Ring City”. Since then it has changed to “rollergirls” and the “Ring” has come to represent the home cities of the skaters, including; Greenville, New Bern, Kinston, Jacksonville and Goldsboro.
From 2006-2010 practice was primarily held at Jaycee park in Greenville and at Roll-Bounce night at the Galaxy of Sports skating rink in Kinston. The early team was was so small that they only played one game as a team before 2010 against Rogue Rollergirls of Fayetteville, NC. By 2010, participation had tripled and other small teams had formed. The team started practicing at Wheels skating rink in Jacksonville and then at Rollerland in New Bern, NC.
Ring City hosted their first scrimmage, Anatomic Explosion, on February 26th, 2011 at Rollerland. Skaters came from- Palmetto State Rollergirls, Myrtle Beach, SC; the Jaded Misfits, Bluefield, WV; and Catawba Valley Rollergirls, Catawba, NC.
The first official bout Ring City hosted had to be postponed due to Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The game was successfully hosted two weeks later against the Camel City Thrashers from Winston-Salem, NC. It was also the first bout that Ring City was able to play without borrowing any skaters. By that point the team had about 20 active skaters and the League had about 30 members.
In January 2012 the team decided to consolidate practices into one central venue, the Galaxy of Sports in Kinston. On June, 9th, the Ring City Rollergirls won their first game against the Onslow County Derby Dames from Jacksonville, NC hosted at the Galaxy. In the Fall of 2012, Mother Earth Brewery of Kinston, NC gave RCR use of a building as a practice facility dubbed the “Wreck Room” at 212 North Queen Street. The team now has a permanant home in Kinston. The League is also seeking to obtain their 501(c)3 Non-Profit status in 2013 and hopes for many more successful years to come. The faces may change but the team spirit is always the same.