You might not consider a rough-and-tumble group of women who play a contact sport on wheels and use intimidation as a weapon to also be charitible, but the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins are just that.
When this league of 80 women is not competing in Tampa or battling top-ranked teams around the country, players donate their time and raise money for Tampa Bay area charities.
Team members sometimes cook dinner at the Ronald McDonald houses
in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Others play bingo with war veterans at Bay Pines
or James A. Haley
The team even has adopted a Lowry Park Zoo
flamingo in honor of its mascot Frank.
Heading into its sixth season, the league chose to partner with and raise funds for Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Bay
Take a look at this video story about the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins
by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman on location at Big Cat Rescue and featuring action from a recent Cat Fight Bout.