Women brawl, find family on local roller derby teams (SLIDESHOW)

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM.

Bradley has been in roller derby for about six years. The reason she started was simple.

“I don’t like to run on the treadmill,” she said. “I don’t like gyms. I don’t do the usual workout stuff.”

It became a great way to meet people and become a part of a worldwide community, Bradley said.

“If I needed help anywhere in the world, I could find a local derby girl and she’d come to my rescue,” she said.

The Sk8R Dolls and Okaloosa Rollers compete about once a month against other regional teams. Despite the cost — each player pays for her equipment, insurance and dues — any profits from the bouts go to local charities.

This year the Sk8R Dolls have begun dedicating each bout to a different charitable group. This month their money will go to the American Cancer Society.

The group also plans to do service projects during the year.

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