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Local Roller Derby Team Changes Name For Inclusivity

Steve Jurkovic
South Shore Roller Derby

NORTHWEST INDIANA - The South Shore Roller Girls is now the South Shore Roller Derby.  The team changed its name to be more inclusive to the community and to promote inclusiveness of skaters and volunteer members, while eliminating gendered or sexualized language associated with team names. The name change also intends to shift the focus towards the athleticism of the participants.

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, of which South Shore Roller Derby has been a member of since 2017, recently expanded its gender policy and broadened its protections for athlete gender identity.

As SSRD continues to grow, they have chosen to remove gender-specific wording to show support for all members and volunteers who identify as female, male, transgender, non-cisgendered women, and gender-expansive.  South Shore Roller Derby  will continue to accept members and volunteers without judgments based on their gender identity, race, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

The competitive skate season is still on hold for South Shore Roller Derby.  Anyone interested in getting involved with the team can check out the team's new website at www.SouthShoreRollerDerby.org.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.