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Hart featured in On Wisconsin about involvement in Madison roller derby league

June 06, 2017
At least 21 UW-Madison graduates, students, faculty or staff are members of Mad Rollin' Dolls (MRD), including the School of Education's Jenni Hart. MRD is Madison's flat-track roller derby league.

Hart is the office manager for the Education Outreach and Partnerships office within the School of Education. Hart's position within MRD as head coach of the Dairyland Dolls was featured in a recent On Wisconsin magazine story about how MRD is helping expand and redefine what it means to be a woman athlete. 

Jenni Hart
Jenni Hart is head coach of the Mad Rollin Dolls.
Roller derby has always challenged stereotypical gender roles and made a place for women in full-contact sports, the article notes. Further, MRD specifically has been instrumental in making the sport more inclusive for transgender skaters by writing its own nondiscrimination policy to include transgender skaters. 

"[The MRD] does not and will not set minimum standards of femininity for its membership or interfere with the privacy of its members for the purposes of league eligibility," reads part of the nondiscrimination policy. The policy also helps the Madison league to be more inclusive toward members that identify as a nonbinary gender.

"Our organization — not just our league, but the global community — is made up of every type of person you could imagine," Hart told On Wisconsin. 

Read the full story at On Wisconsin: "A Rink of One's Own."
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