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Thanks to Dr. Doom – really! – Roller Derby flourishes

February 11, 2011

The athletes of Roller Derby are a diverse group. Profiles only on

Only in America, check that, only in Rhode Island, can a PhD from Harvard named Sarah Doom start a woman’s Roller Derby League, then get her degree and legitimately be called Dr. Doom.
Only in Rhode Island can you meet dental hygienists who help relief tooth pain by day, only to knock out teeth at night, as skaters in the Providence Roller Derby.
And only this Saturday, Feb. 12, can you meet these delicate bruisers. That’s the date that marks the Derby Sweet Heart Skate, where Roller Derby queens become self-professed “giraffes on ice” as they skate in an entirely different medium – frozen water – at the Bank of America Rink at Kennedy Plaza.
Warm up to the impending 2011 Providence Roller Derby season by meeting the skaters from 5 to 8 p.m. While it is still cold out, these ladies want to test their skills by trading in wheels for blades.
There will be a heated tent with Providence Roller Derby merchandise for sale, a photo booth to have your picture taken with your favorite derby girl, hot chocolate and cider, and a station to decorate your own valentine cupcake or cookie.
Or maybe even yourself.

“An entire Girl Scout Troop came one time and they’d all given themselves Derby names and were wearing outfits and wanted autographs,” said Craisy Dukes, # High 5, Providence Roller Derby President, a Barrington native who is 30 (but no one gives their real name). “That ruled! We are nothing if not a vehicle for inspiring ladies to be the most dynamic versions of themselves possible.”
There are five teams in the local Derby, three home teams – Mob Squad, Old Money Honeys and the Sakonnet River Roller Rats; and two travel teams – the Riveters and the Killah Bees. Come get geared up for the March 20 home opener with the Rhode Island Riveters taking on the Steel City Derby Demons from Pittsburgh, PA.
“We’re fun to hang out with!,” said Craisy Dukes. “The function of the event is to visibly socialize with the community of Providence; to connect with our fans in a festive setting and give potential new fans a chance to get their questions answered before our bouting season starts up in a month.”

Public skating is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and $3 for seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $4 per pair. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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