Roller derby resurgence: How America’s forgotten pastime is jamming in Charlotte

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The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s trivia night at your local bar, and you’re asked to name a sport that emerged in the 1930s, sold out stadiums and arenas and graced network television stations multiple times per week. Oh, and it was played by both men and women — together. Chances are the answer “roller derby” would not roll off your tongue. But the wildly popular “rugby on wheels” was once a national — and even worldwide — sensation. While traditional sports have since usurped roller derby’s stardom, the sport continues to be played globally, and its focus on inclusivity has remained untouched. Charlo…

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