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DuPage roller derby group wants to expand

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  • Skip Bacon waits by the kissing booth for a patron to donate money for a kiss. The DuPage Derby Dames held a fundraiser Sunday at the Aurora Skate Center in Aurora, to support their new roller derby league. "It's a really fun team, and a really great group of ladies," said skater Stephanie Wysocki.

      Skip Bacon waits by the kissing booth for a patron to donate money for a kiss. The DuPage Derby Dames held a fundraiser Sunday at the Aurora Skate Center in Aurora, to support their new roller derby league. "It's a really fun team, and a really great group of ladies," said skater Stephanie Wysocki.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Lauren Thalman, of Oswego, and her mother Connie kiss Skip Bacon at the kissing booth at the DuPage Derby Dames fundraiser Sunday at the Aurora Skate Center in Aurora. The Dames held the fundraiser to raise money for their new roller derby league. "It's a really fun team, and a really great group of ladies," said skater Stephanie Wysock.

      Lauren Thalman, of Oswego, and her mother Connie kiss Skip Bacon at the kissing booth at the DuPage Derby Dames fundraiser Sunday at the Aurora Skate Center in Aurora. The Dames held the fundraiser to raise money for their new roller derby league. "It's a really fun team, and a really great group of ladies," said skater Stephanie Wysock.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Jason Thalman, of Oswego, kisses Skip Bacon at the kissing booth at the DuPage Derby Dames fundraiser Sunday at the Aurora Skate Center in Aurora.

      Jason Thalman, of Oswego, kisses Skip Bacon at the kissing booth at the DuPage Derby Dames fundraiser Sunday at the Aurora Skate Center in Aurora.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • The DuPage Derby Dames held a fundraiser Sunday in Aurora to raise money to support their new roller derby league.

      The DuPage Derby Dames held a fundraiser Sunday in Aurora to raise money to support their new roller derby league.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Naperville resident Megan Rosenberg remembers when she first put on a pair of roller skates. It was last year, when she helped found the DuPage Derby Dames roller derby league.

"I had never done this before, but I'm so glad I took the plunge," said Rosenberg, whose derby name is Millie Brawl. "I never had friends who were girls before. Now I have 30 of them."

The DuPage Derby Dames held an open skate and fundraiser Sunday night in Aurora, part of an effort to bring 30 more players into the league. Recruiting that many would "legitimize" the league by giving it four complete teams.

The Dames aren't looking for skating superstars -- just women who want to have fun and are willing to commit themselves to the league.

"We can teach people the skills they need," said Westmont resident Stephanie Wysocki, also known as Iona Gunn. (All derby players adopt fearsome nicknames.)

Roller derby was a staple of 1970s pop culture, but it has enjoyed a resurgence during the past decade. Points are scored during the matches, or "bouts," when designated skaters on a team lap the pack of other skaters whizzing around an oval track.

Sunday's event, which was held at the Dames' home base, the Aurora Skate Center on Montgomery Road, included fundraising activities like a bake sale and a kissing booth. The money raised will go toward the purchase of uniforms and other equipment needed for the league's bouts.

The group hopes to be the suburbs' version of Chicago-based leagues like the Windy City Rollers and the Chicago Outfit. For more information, go to dupagederbydames.com.