Roller Derby Makes a KC Comeback

Women's league in Kansas City to be featured on ESPN

By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User

Posted May 18, 2008 2:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – When Brooke Leavitt lost her right arm in a school bus accident when she was 3, little did she know her handicap would help re-launch roller derby in the Midwest, reports the Steady Burn blog. Leavitt skates for the Knockouts in the four-team Kansas City Roller Warriors women's roller derby league, which will be featured today on ESPN's Sportscenter.

Leavitt (known as Dirty Britches #2), Eanna Johnson, and Mandy Durham started the league in 2004. The top match that season drew 800 fans. Last season's final drew 2,200, and the league hopes to top 4,000 this season. All the women work day jobs, including Leavitt, who is a librarian. An All-Star team from the KC league competed in Women's Flat Track Derby Association National in September in Austin, Texas.

Brooke Leavitt is Dirty Britches #2 in the Kansas City Roller Warriors roller derby league.
Brooke Leavitt is Dirty Britches #2 in the Kansas City Roller Warriors roller derby league.   (Kansas City Roller Warriors)
Bad Omen of the Kansas City Roller Warriors is proud of her stitches.
Bad Omen of the Kansas City Roller Warriors is proud of her stitches.   (Kansas City Roller Warriors)
The Dead Brides take on the Ninjas in the Kansas City Roller Warriors roller derby league. Photo by Kris Hollingsworth
The Dead Brides take on the Ninjas in the Kansas City Roller Warriors roller derby league. Photo by Kris Hollingsworth   (Kansas City Roller Warriors)
Kansas City Roller Warriors players pose on opening night 2008. Photo by Phil Petersen.
Kansas City Roller Warriors players pose on opening night 2008. Photo by Phil Petersen.   (Kansas City Roller Warrirors)
Kansas City Roller Warriors players open the 2008 season.
Kansas City Roller Warriors players open the 2008 season.   (Kansas City Roller Warriors)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   BuzzFeed   |   Cracked   |   World History Project   |   POPSUGAR Tech   |   Business Insider   |   HuffPost Entertainment