In the spirit of inclusion and honoring all members of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls league, we are proud to honor April’s Derby guy of the Month, Killa Kee! He’s one of our junior referees and finishing out his final officiating season before aging up into the adult league. Killa Kee (nickname Kee) has been officially part of the roller derby community since 2012, learning to skate the year prior so he’d be ready to join the junior refs when he became eligible at 12 years old. Roller derby is a family affair for Kee: his dad, Neo, is a WFTDA-certified skating official in addition to leading the junior ref program at Santa Cruz. He also has a derby mom, Ima Hotmess, an SCDG alumna who now runs our junior league program.
It’s no easy feat to be a roller derby official, and Kee makes it look easy. With an incredibly impressive officiating resume, Kee brings a deep level of knowledge to the league and Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA). This marks his fourth year as a junior ref at the JRDA Championships, and he’s also officiated 141 regulation games, 63 of which were JRDA sanctioned. You’ll also catch him at the Big O, a prestigious tournament for both juniors and adults alike.
When he’s not counting points and issuing penalties, Kee likes to spend time with his French bulldogs (often while binge watching “Ghost Adventures”), and can probably tell you everything you need to know about World War II history. He’s a well-rounded guy who we’re proud to have as part of our league!
If you’re interested in learning more about the Santa Cruz junior ref program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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