With its combination of friction-free motion and wholesome fun, roller skating quickly replaced ditch digging and dancing frenetically to "Shipoopi" as America's favorite first-date activity. Rediscover the appeal of the wheels with today's Groupon: for $11, you get two general-admission tickets to the Jacksonville RollerGirls home-opening double-header at the University of North Florida Arena on Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. (a $22 value). Doors open at 5 p.m.
Members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Jacksonville RollerGirls athletically encircle indoor tracks during a series of jams. The 2012 home opener pits Jacksonville home teams Duval Derby Dames and First Coast Fatales against one another, while all-star varsity team New Jax City Rollers lobs an arsenal of starfish at Floridian A-team rivals the Fort Myers Derby Girls. During each bout, one player strives to lap the opposing team as her fellow four skaters spread out like a kneepad-wearing daisy chain to block the competition from rounding their squad. Skate-shredding divas such as Crash Register, Danni Defeato and Kat Von Scratchereyezout jostle for position on the court, crashing into opponents and setting up their own players for success. Besides spending time speeding around the track, the Jacksonville RollerGirls also contribute to the community through various philanthropic efforts, including holding drives for First Coast Crime Stoppers and Toys for Tots.