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The Betties and Their Beasts: Ella Blitzgerald

Did you know that Athens Ohio Roller Derby is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to giving back to our community? Our upcoming July 14 bout, “Betties & Brews: Dog Days of Summer,” will feature New Beginnings Animal Center, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting their incredible organization. So, in celebration of our lovable, furry companions, we bring you today’s installment of “The Betties & Their Beasts.” Enjoy!

  • Derby Name & Number: Ella Blitzgerald #35
  • Derby Position: Rec Skater
  • Playing Since: 2016
  • Pet’s Name & Age: Raya 11 years old!
  • Pet’s Derby Name and Number: Raya Doom, Raya Moonshine, Death Raya, Raya Gun, Everybody Loves Raya
  • Pet’s Derby Position: Blocker! She’s always in my way!
  • What your pet means to you: This sweet girl has taught me to slow down, pay attention to what makes me happy and comfortable, and to love unconditionally.


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