Paul Williams loved his roller derby life! From 2007 until his death in August of 2021, he enthusiastically participated in Philly Roller Derby as a manager, treasurer, and volunteer extraordinaire.

He believed in effort, participation, “being the change that you want to see,” and equity. He also knew very well that roller derby can be an expensive sport – gear, practice dues, travel for competition – and wanted all people to be able to participate in a sport that he thought was super fun. That’s why the Paul Williams Scholarship Fund was established in his name.

This GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to this fund. Philly Roller Derby is  a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so your donation is tax-deductible and can be matched by your employer’s donation matching program.

Learn more and make a donation via the BetterWorld fundraiser here.

Photo credit: Sean Hale

We are a league of athletes on wheels that brought roller derby back to Philadelphia, PA. Our league is comprised of skaters, officials and volunteers, as well as countless fans and supporters. PRD is comprised of competitive adult and junior teams that play away and at home. To get in touch with PRD regarding events, sponsorships, training, or other opportunities, please contact us.

Philly Roller Derby (PRD) is a skater-owned and operated roller derby league and we are a proud member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Established in 2005, Philly Roller Derby’s mission is simple: to promote health, athleticism, and leadership skills in people of all ages through roller derby training and competition. Working within the organization provides our members with varied opportunities to develop leadership skills and self-esteem, which positively impacts our skaters both on and off the track. PRD strives to develop relationships with other nonprofit organizations and charities and to support groups within the great city of Philadelphia and beyond.