OKLAHOMA CITY - Once her helmet and pads are in place, Christie Morrow is transformed into ‘9 Killameter', a Tornado Alley Roller Girl ready to do battle.
The Tornado Alley Roller Girls is a flat track roller derby league comprised of women from all walks of life. Sunday school teachers to lawyers strap on skates weekly just for the fun of it, but this weekend's bout is a battle against cancer.
"We were inspired by another group of roller derby girls out of Arkansas who had their breast cast made out of plaster," Morrow said. "They designed it like art and then they auctioned it off at one of their bouts."
The roller girls will be dressed differently for this weekend's bout.
"We're doing an inter-league mixed game where half of the girls have a pink shirt," Marrow said. "The other half will have a black shirt and we'll compete against each other.'
Those who haven't attended a roller bout, it's an event for the entire family.
"Children love it," Morrow said. "They actually bring their skates and we sign it for them. Parents, singles, older people, it caters to everybody."
The bout this weekend starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and the doors open at 6 p.m. Tailgating is welcomed and encouraged. That begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Tornado Alley Roller Girls Web site, which you can navigate to by clicking the link at the right.
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
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