Meet Kelly McGillis
who joins us for our 18th annual!
Everyone knows that actress Kelly McGillis
has starred in such movies as: Witness, Top Gun, The Accused.
There are actually 33 films which Kelly has done, her first being:
'Reuben, Reuben' (1982).She also performs in many plays and has
recently performed this fall 2004 season in: Macbeth at the Shakespearean
Theatre in the Nation's Capital. For a full list of her works
go to website: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/mcgillis.jsrpages/fkmx.htm
no one knows the real Kelly, and what she has done for this Flag
Football Tournament in Key West. Read on.
More than just
photo by: Michele Wisniewski
Coming back from the 8 month
IWFFA - Promotional Tour of the US in 1999, I was thinking of
the Dinah Shores Classic Golf event on the west coast.
That event became such a huge sporting
event for women, that ... why not have another such event on
the east coast?
Kelly had been supporting our tournament
for many years, by throwing in the ball to start the games, hosting
our awards at her restaurant. Why not ask her to officially endorse
our tournament and create this east coast women's sporting event.
So, we met and I explained to her
the essence of the IWFFA. That our goal is to offer girls and
women the opportunity to play flag football so that they can
learn the skills on the field, then take them off the field to
better compete with the men in the business, political, social
worlds to offer female influence in world affairs (a pretty radical
and she believed in that idea and
since, has allowed us to use her name for our event thus attracting
much media coverage
It was Kelly's idea for us to
create a parade, which brings teams with their national and state
flags, team banners,
to show the world who we are. This
event has created one of our top highlights for the tournament
and shows the pride of all our participants.
A very active participant
Not only has she shared her ideas in making the event better, but has also: written invitations to: Rosie O Donald, Oprah (to name a few). sponsored the girls teams, loose women's team and played on our celebrity team, and yes...... is officially a "Loose Woman". She has signed autographs for our players during our autograph session, has presented every athlete their tournament pin with either a hand shake or kiss on the cheek and has been at our tournaments (2000 and 2001) from start to finish. She has been very much a part of this event.
(Photo to left: Loose Women's Team 2000/ Kelly is backrow center)
.What people don't
During the 2000 tournament, Kelly played on the Loose Women's team while also performing in the Key West play: 'Popcorn'. In the daytime, she was flag football player, taking on some bruises (her arms and legs had black and blue coloring). That night during her performance, she had to hide her bruises from her director. The next day, on the field, instead of quitting (for the sake of her career), she just told the opposing team to "take it easy" cause she had to work that night
Kelly's support and participation has really made the Kelly McGillis Classic a fantastic event.