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I’ve never felt so alive! Jasmine Simmons Tony Bates

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verwrought with excitement, I looped, swooped and pulled the laces to my skates and chanted to myself, “Keep your head on a swivel. Kill the star. Step then hit. KILL the star. Stay low. Long strides. KILL THE STAR!” I never played a sport before. Honestly, prior to last summer I didn’t even know how skate. And there I was suited up for my first Roller Derby bout anticipating the refs whistle and prepared for anyone coming my team’s way. In that moment, I was au courant and bodaciously fearless. As a recent college graduate, a budding entrepreneur, and a twenty-something, I lugged so many fears with me before discovering Greensboro Roller Derby. Fear of failing, not being good enough, and my invariably stunted finances were all subjects of constant contemplation, I was beginning to suffocate. It was the comradeship. Oh the camaraderie of the league is genius. Everyone is so inviting, encouraging, and positive. These

athletes practice hard, play hard, and party hard, all while operating a non-profit organization and working full time jobs as educators, lab technicians, law students, etc. Overall Greensboro Roller Derby presented a “just do it, ask for help if you need it, get back up if you fall” philosophy which was transferrable to my obstructive fears. Essentially, Roller Derby is a contest or trial of physical and mental strength. Unlike the media’s embellished projections of the sport, it is a powerful marriage of strategy and visceral behavior compacted into a controlled full contact, fastpaced sport. And the competition’s hip checks, shoulder checks and yellowish-purple bruises are bona fide and we do show them off. I now live for the celebration of being present in the moment, the surging of dopamine, and the jolt of adrenaline associated with a bout. I’ve never felt so alive. My name is Kthxbye (pronounced k, thanks, bye) and I love Greensboro Roller Derby!

Come see all the action on June 1st and feel alive at the Star Strangled Slammer, where we're giving you two action packed rematch bouts for the price of one! The first bout brings you your Gate City All Stars in a fierce rematch with the Cape Fear Blackhearts. The second bout features the two teams that battled it out in the 2012 Greensboro Roller Derby Championship. Saturday June 1st at the Greensboro Coliseum West Wing B Doors: 4PM First Whistle: 5PM $10 Adult//$8 Student, Military, Senior, Advance//$5 8-12//7 & Under FREE A portion of the proceeds benefit Kid's Path

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