HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Warriors of a different stripe strutted their stuff Friday at Hill Air Force Base.
The Salt Lake City Derby Girls held a thank-you bout at the base for a group of Hill kids and to show appreciation for the Air Force warriors who risk their lives by deploying to conflicts in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Clad in helmets, kneepads and a variety of other protective gear, the Derby Girls circled inside the base's Hess Fitness Center, battling it out on roller skates.
The bout was part of a demonstration for Hill's summer youth program.
"We were here earlier in the week, teaching them about the game," said Josey Evanoff. "Today kind of caps things off, so they can see exactly what we do."
Cherokee Johnson, director of the youth summer program, said the base hosts "mini-camps" for the children in the program, during which specialists come to the base and teach a new or interesting skill.
"This is part of our fitness portion of the program," Johnson said. "We are trying to show our kids that there are all kinds of different ways they can get out and get moving and be healthy."
Derby Girl Theresa Ferrone said that, although Friday's match was an exhibition, the girls still left everything they had on the rink.
"We take it serious and try to play like warriors," she said. "Hopefully, we can inspire one of these kids here to try something different."
The Salt Lake City Derby Girls league is an all-women's roller derby league based in Salt Lake County. The league, formed in 2005, has four local teams and one all-star traveling team.
For more information about the team, visit www.slcderby.com.