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12 Derwood Circle
Rockville, MD

As the only women’s, flat-track roller derby league in Montgomery County, MD, Free State Roller Derby (FSRD) is hometown and homegrown. Founded in November 2009, FSRD is 100 percent volunteer-run by a growing group of devoted skaters and Fresh Meat, and is backed by a dedicated crew of referees and non-skating officials (NSOs).

FSRD is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Slamyou L. Jackson

What do you do with FSRD: Skater - Swing

Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas

When did you start skating: 08/01/13 

What do you do in the real world? I'm a teacher!

Tell us more about your decision to join roller derby: A friend of mine was the bench coach for the team in my hometown in Arkansas. I decided to try it out one night and never looked back!

What's your favorite derby memory? That would be a tie between accidentally taking out a chick who was standing up in the Penalty Box during my very first jam of my very first game and when I accidentally hugged a ref because I was rushing to get out onto the track in time.  I also love derby road trips and all the shenanigans that go with that.  Also, I was behind Scald Eagle in line for food at RollerCon and had a fangirl moment.

What is your secret talent? Two works: afterparty. Karaoke 

Notable injuries: Not derby related, but I had bone cancer when I was 18 and as a result only have of my fibula in my right leg. I also have nerve damage in my right leg and ankle, so they are nowhere near as strong or stable as my other leg. I manage very well, but sometimes there are things I physically cannot do in drills or practice.  It has never really been an issue.  However, my doctor already told me that I will probably have a knee replacement by the time I'm 40, so if I ever land hard on my knee, then I have to take it especially easy. 

Likes: Star Wars, nerdy things, horses, beer

Dislikes: the M word

The Patronus Charm is an ancient and mysterious charm that conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings; a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. What's your derby Patronus and why? 

Probably the ugly duckling. Because I feel like most people who play derby are kind of out-there, eccentric people who stand out from the crowd for one reason or another. Then they find other weirdos and don't feel as awkward



You know her by the initials B.M.F. It's number 28, SLAMYOU L. JACKSON!