Key West, Florida Hosts The Largest Women's International Flag Football Tournament
Registration ends December 20 for the January 22-29, 2019 tournament
By: International Women's Flag Football Association
Diane Beruldsen founded the International Women's Flag Football Association in 1997. She describes IWFFA's unique approach to the sport:
"Some athletes play to win, some to socialize, some for exercise, and some to experience the sport of flag football. We have modified IWFFA rules throughout the years to allow any girl or woman, no matter what her skill level, size, or speed, to be a valuable asset to the team. 8 on 8 IWFFA rules include blocking, kicking, and a wide variety of skills which make the game very exciting for the spectator."
The IWFFA holds its Kelly McGillis Classic each January in Key West, which became the largest flag football tournament in the world with over 1,500 attendees. The 28th annual Kelly McGillis Classic (http://www.iwffa.com/
In addition to the flag football competitions, IWFFA will host the 2nd International Women's Flag Football Conference. Throughout the week, attendees will enjoy guest speakers addressing topics of empowerment and leadership, fun social activities, and all that Key West has to offer: beaches, art, nightlife, and dining. Teams are invited to compete by registering on the IWFFA website (http://www.iwffa.com/
Diane Beruldsen comments on the value of women's flag football:
We see flag football as a vehicle of women's empowerment. As important as the game itself is the true camaraderie that develops, even among opponents. Flag football fosters self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills: characteristics essential for all women on the field or off. Our organization exists to give girls and women worldwide the opportunity to push themselves individually while being part of a supportive organization.
Opportunities are opening up for women in unprecedented ways. The IWFFA wants to encourage and facilitate female advancement by equipping women with the experience and tools necessary to compete and achieve in the global marketplace—
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Stephanie Carnes at email@example.com. If you would like to register for the Kelly McGillis Classic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration ends December 20, 2018.