Saturday night Roller Derby bout will benefit Philly skater recovering from attack

August 8, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

No illustration of the tight-knit roller derby family could be clearer: this Saturday's roller derby bout between the Ithaca Bluestockings and Connecticut's Yankee Brutals will help raise money to support a former Philly Roller Girls skater who was attacked in her home with her young daughter last month.

Philadelphia-area elementary school teacher Danecia Berrian, who skated for the Liberty Belles All-Star team as Nina Knockout, suffered multiple stab wounds along with her 21-month-old daughter in an attack in their home on July 26th. Friends set up a fundraising web site at to help cover their medical bills and the costs of home nursing care.

Ithaca League of Women Rollers play several home bouts at Cass Park each summer. 14850 file photo.Ithaca League of Women Rollers play several home bouts at Cass Park each summer. 14850 file photo.The Bluestockings, one of two teams in the Ithaca League of Women Rollers along with the SufferJets, will face off against the Yankee Brutals of the Naugatuck-based Connecticut RollerGirls, at 7pm Saturday. Doors open at 6pm. A portion of tonight's bout proceeds will also go to Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service.

Other upcoming Ithaca League of Women Rollers home bouts at Cass Park will be on September 12th and October 3rd. Tickets are $8 in advance at or $10 at the door, $5 for kids 13-17, and kids 12 and under get in free.

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