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 a Jacksonville RollerGirls double-header at the University of North Florida Arena on Saturday, May 19 (a $22 value). The Jacksonville RollerGirls junior-league team scrimmages the Duval Roller Dolls at 6 p.m. and the River City Rat Pack meets The Apocalypstix at 7 p.m. Children 10 and under are admitted for free. As an added bonus, the first 1,000 attendees will receive a complimentary Gourmet Dine VIP card, valued at $19.95.
Members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Jacksonville RollerGirls athletically encircle indoor tracks during a series of jams. A double-header pits Jacksonville's junior-league team, the Duval Roller Dolls, against one another during a debut scrimmage, and the junior-varsity River City Rat Pack lobs an arsenal of Frank Sinatra CDs at Atlanta rivals The Apocalypstix. 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 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.