‘Cherry Bombs’ Awarded Inaugural Youth Sports Grant By Los Alamos Community Foundation

Members of the Los Alamos Junior Roller Derby Program. Photo Courtesy The Family YMCA


The Los Alamos Community Foundation recently awarded the inaugural Youth Sports Grant to the Los Alamos Junior Roller Derby program, also known as the “Cherry Bombs”. The Junior Roller Derby program is administered by The Family YMCA and was one of five applications received for the $1200 award.

“Our goal is to provide competitive gameplay to all of our skaters at their level,” said Mary Alice Hawkins, coach and founder of the roller derby program. “This grant will allow our teams to participate in both away bouts for our travel team and to host home scrimmages and bouts for new skaters through advanced skaters.”

The grant is funded by the Los Alamos Community Youth Sports Endowment established by Paul and Jill Cook with the purpose of supporting youth sports in Los Alamos. Endowment earnings from the youth sports fund are directed to organizations that serve youth sports in the community through an annual competitive grant process. The public is invited to contribute to the fund to help grow the impact on Los Alamos youth.

“We look forward to representing New Mexico and Los Alamos at upcoming Junior Roller Derby Association events and wish to thank the Cooks, the Community Foundation, and everyone who donated,” said Hawkins.

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation:
Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.