Loads of attention has been and continues to be given in the mainstream media to major league sports with or without many African American athletes participating at a high level. There are alternatives to the NBA, NHL, NBA and the Sounds if you want to root for and support athletes in the Nashville community who are also giving their all in competition this summer.
Two franchises that have achieved national recognition in their respective arenas are deserving of your attention and attendance. Both host events in the comfy confines of Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium, located in downtown Nashville. And don’t forget to plan to visit the phenomenal Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum on the lower level of the building.
Ladies first, so let’s talk about the women of roller derby, the Nashville Rollergirls. Last year, the franchise hosted the World Flat Track Derby Association International Championships right here in Nashville Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 1, 2014. Thousands of athletes, family, friends and fans converged on our little “It City” for a weekend of amazing competition and crowned champions in two classes.
Saturday nights belong to roller derby at Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium. The Music City Brawl Stars take to the track at 5:30, and the main event featuring the Music City All Stars rolls out at 7:15 each night, May 30 and June 13. Doors open at 4:30. There will be a special silent auction on May 30, so come out early and be prepared to bid and buy. For more about them, check out their website: nashvillerollergirls.com
Nashville Junior Roller Derby
The Nashville Rollergirls are the sponsors for the Junior Rollergirls, and they are the future of the sport. Nashville Junior Roller Derby nurtures self-confidence in young women by developing teamwork and athletic ability while encouraging individuality within a culture of discipline, sisterhood, and stewardship through the competitive sport of roller derby. Girls from the ages of 10 to 17 are eligible to join the Nashvillains, while referee certification is open to boys and girls from the ages of 10 to 17.
Find out more about them at their website: http://www.nashvillejrd.com
Ok, so speaking of national championships, remember when the Tennessee Titans opened play at what we now know as LP Field [the then-called Adelphia Coliseum], and went all the way to the Super Bowl their first year there? Well, the Nashville Venom did them one better. Last year was the first year for the franchise to even exist, and they did something unparalleled in sports. The Venom won the national championship of their league, the Professional Indoor Football League, in their first year of PIFL competition.
On Sunday, May 17, the Venom took on the Columbus Lions. Friday, May 29, they host the Marion Blue Racers, and Friday, June 12, they host the Erie Explosion. Games start at 7:30 pm; tickets start at $10 and $12.