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Roller Derby leagues are attracting donors to blood drives by making them more fun and convenient than the average community service event. Roller derby athletes from coast to coast are in uniform offering photo opportunities, autographs, roller skate buttons, temporary tattoos and some leagues reward donors with tickets to roller derby events, while others choose highly visible event locations, such as grocery store parking lots where new donors might be inspired to give blood when they see the skating athletes.

Make ’em Bleed roller derby blood drives are scheduled in cities across the nation, and new roller derby blood drives are being announced weekly. For the most up-to-date list and information on participating roller derby leagues and locations, visit

Any roller derby league wishing to bring the Make ‘Em Bleed roller derby blood drive series to their hometown should email organizers at derbyblooddrive(at)gmail(dot)com.

Community service is written in the charter of many roller derby league across the globe, so partnering roller derby leagues with the American Red Cross and with Brown Paper Tickets, the world’s only Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing and events company, is a match made in heaven.

In 2017, the Make ‘em Bleed national roller derby blood drive series is part of World Roller Derby Week, a series of events Aug. 13-19 celebrating the 82nd birthday of the invention of the sport by Leo Seltzer in 1935. Learn more here:! Roller derby is one of only three major sports invented in the United States, inspiring generations of athletes and fans. Currently, almost 2000 women’s, men’s and junior leagues are skating, competing and giving back to their communities worldwide.

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