Rose City Rollers Junior Programs are the 2016 recipient!

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s Impact Award recognizes the positive impact of a nonprofit organization through its support of youth, athletic participation and community collaboration. The annual Impact Award is presented to one of our community grant partners in the Portland metropolitan area.

Their mission:

The Rose City Rollers Junior programs empower young women ages 9-17 through participation in flat track roller derby. The Rose Petal and Rosebud groups foster a team environment that enables skaters to express uniqueness and individuality via a non-traditional sport. Roller derby provides a supportive community where differences are celebrated, commitment to improvement is encouraged, and being your unique self is valued. Along with a lot of physical activity the program assists young women with fostering a healthy mind and a healthy body.

The organization has two very cool programs:

  • The Rose Petals is a competitive recreational roller derby program for girls ages 7-12. Youth athletes learn technical and life skills through the fun and engaging sport of flat track roller derby. They strive to promote healthy competitiveness, friendships, strategy, leadership, and teamwork. Beginner and level one skaters play positional blocking only (no contact) derby and more advanced level two skaters play lean blocking only (contact but no hitting) derby.


  • The Rosebuds empower young women ages 12-17 through participation in flat track roller derby. The Rosebuds are comprised of three home teams, an all-star traveling team and a introductory roller derby program called Seedlings. The three home teams play an exhilarating season against one another September-March, followed by the All-Stars hitting the track and hitting the road February-July.


Learn more:

Rose City Rollers can be found doing awesome community outreach by:

The previous Impact Award recipients were Bike First! in 2013, Knott Street Boxing Club in 2014, and Girls on the Run Portland Metro in 2015.