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Meara Roach moves in for a collision during a Kansas City Roller Warriors Junior Derby bout.

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Back on track

Roller derby helps Shawnee single mom, daughter rebound

When Mary Strafuss’ marriage fell apart last spring, she and her two daughters were left alone in their Shawnee home, where they entered some dark and confusing times. Then, Strafuss’ 14-year-old daughter showed her mom a black-and-blue way out of the tunnel: through roller derby.


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