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Vixens to host Central Kansas, Saturday April 5

by Florence Welts

GRAND ISLAND — If you didn’t catch the tri-cities premiere roller derby team in action this February, you’ll have another chance April 5.

The Platte Valley Roller Vixens will go head-to-head with the Central Kansas Roller Girls out of Hutchinson, Kan., at the Fonner Park Swine Building in Grand Island.

Tickets are $12 for suicide seats, $10 for general admission, $5 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., first whistle blows at 7:30 p.m.

PVRV will also be partnering with The Crisis Center throughout their 2014 season, and will host half-time games as fundraisers to benefit the organization at each bout.

In the United States April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Crisis Center staff will be at the bout to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.

The Crisis Center is a non-profit agency providing 24-hour emergency and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Grand Island and surrounding communities. In 2011, the Crisis Center sheltered 98 adults and 105 kids; assisted with 142 protection orders; provided advocacy to 522 kids; provided face-to-face advocacy to 1,495 people.

The Platte Valley Roller Vixens are an all-female flat track roller derby league based in central Nebraska, committed to being positive role models in their community through displays of athleticism, good sportsmanship, and volunteerism. Their mission as a non-profit organization is to spread the awareness of roller derby as a sport, empower women of all ages, and provide entertainment.

Other home bout dates include:

— May 3 vs Norfolk Bruizin Bettys

— June 28 vs Salina Sirens

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