Smoky Mountain Roller Girls opens its 8th season Saturday, March 14

Press release from Smoky Mountain Roller Girls:

Bryson City’s own roller derby league, Smoky Mountain Roller Girls (SMRG), opens its 8th season this Saturday, March 14 with a double header at the Swain County Recreation Center on Deep Creek Road.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The action starts at 4 p.m. when the SMRG juniors team, the Lil’ Nemesisters will take on the Mad Divas juniors from Asheville. At 6 p.m. SMRG will host Hard Knox Brawlers from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door (ages 7 and under are free). Meet both teams at the family friendly after party at Anthony’s Restaurant.

The event includes a cakewalk and raffle. Food will be available for purchase. Bring your own chair.

Door proceeds will benefit Swain Cancer Support, a local nonprofit organization committed to helping those in our county who are battling cancer.

Flat track roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams skating counter-clockwise around a track. Approximately 1,250 amateur leagues around the world play. Teams score points when the jammer, who wears the star, laps a blocker of the opposing team.

SMRG is an all female team made of members from the surrounding counties. The Lil’ Nemesisters juniors team is co-ed. Practices on Wednesdays (5 p.m. juniors, 6-8 p.m. adults) and Sundays (4 p.m. juniors, 5-8 p.m. adults) at the rec center. Those interested in skating or volunteering are welcome to attend practices, equipment provided.

To learn more, follow SMRG on Facebook and Instagram @SmokyMountainRollerGirls or at or email

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