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Roller derby fun, furious, feminine

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The Lantern wrote Roller derby fun, furious, feminine

Diana Link

Issue date: 2/11/08

It was “love at first hit” for Jennifer Hodges and roller derby.

Hodges is the jammer for the Band of Brawlers. She loves nothing better than flying around the track and dodging the pack of raging women intent on knocking her off her feet and out of the rink.

“It’s all glamour being a jammer,” said Hodges, who wears a tutu custom made by her mother under her uniform and goes by the name “Jaden Blayz” on the track. Hodges is a part of Ohio’s first women’s roller derby league, the Ohio Roller Girls, based in Columbus. Since the founding of the Ohio Roller Girls in 2005, numerous other leagues have sprung up across the state in cities such as Cleveland, Dayton and Cincinnati. Hodges and her teammates hope to bring about the modern revival of roller derby, a sport that was popular in the 1970s.


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