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      Palmetto State Roller Girls gear up for Sunday tournament

      The Palmetto State Roller Girls are resting up for a round-robin tournament they will compete in Sunday in North Myrtle Beach.

      The team held a practice on Saturday at the X Gym Sports Mall in Myrtle Beach. The roller girls practice about two hours a day, three days a week, according to Laura Benjamin, the team's president.

      At the practices they work on lateral movement, stopping, speed and other strategic drills.

      Benjamin explained that not only does the sport of roller derby get you in shape, but it helps build confidence to excel in other areas of life,

      "I've gotten two excellent job offers and promotions in the time that I've been with the roller derby that I might not have even tried for if I did not have the confidence I got here," Benjamin said.

      Sunday's tournament will benefit the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society and will help with medical supplies and care.

      "All of the Humane Societies in the Horry County area are overcrowded right now. They're facing budget cuts or not getting increased budgets next year. A lot of them are full, completely full, and they try very hard to keep all the animals that they receive alive for new owners. It's really important to get them any money, supplies, and pet food that they need to continue the really excellent work that they're doing," Benjamin explained.

      Sunday's event is being held at the North Myrtle Beach Recreation Center. It starts at 5pm and is open to the public.

      Team members say they're always looking for more volunteers, referees and players to join. If you'd like to find out how you can get involved click here.