Big Cat Rescue is proud to announce that Tampa Roller Derby, a skater owned and run organization started in 2005, has named the Tampa sanctuary for abandoned and abused exotic cats as their Partner in Charity for 2016.

Karma HurworthOne of Big Cat Rescue’s staff members, Karma Hurworth, is a member of the Tampa Roller Derby and has skated with the league for one year. Skating under the name “Karmavore,” a clever nod to the carnivores residing at the sanctuary, Karma was approached by Sara Bernard Flory, the league’s president, about teaming up with Big Cat Rescue as their Partner in Charity for 2016.

“I love Big Cat Rescue and I love competitive derby skating, so bringing the two organizations together is a win-win situation,” explains Karma, who is the sanctuary’s Assistant Manager and a Master Keeper for the 80+ cats at the sanctuary. “I’m so pleased that Big Cat Rescue will benefit by receiving donations at all of our 2016 bouts in Tampa. Tampa Roller Derby plans to create additional fundraising opportunities for the sanctuary throughout the year as well.”

The first bout of the year is scheduled for Saturday, February 27th at 6:00 pm. Bouts take place at The Wrecking Hall located at 5313 E. Busch Blvd. Additional bouts are scheduled for March 19, April 2 and April 23. Big Cat Rescue will have a table with donation jar at all of Tampa Roller Derby’s matches as well as being mentioned during the bout. The public is invited to attend all bouts and cheer on the skaters. Tickets are $15; children age 12 and under are free. Learn more about Tampa Roller Derby by visiting their website at

Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated entirely to rescuing and providing a permanent home for abused and abandoned exotic cats. Located in Tampa, the sanctuary is home to approximately 80 big cats, including lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and more.