Flag Football Fiesta in Key West: Kelly McGillis Classic Takes the Spotlight

Grab your cleats and your team spirit because Key West is about to turn into the epicenter of flag football frenzy! From January 22 to 29, 2024, the Kelly McGillis Classic International Women’s & Girls’ Flag Football Championship is taking over this sunny paradise. And guess what? It's not just about the sports - this week-long extravaganza is packed with everything from acting workshops to nightly parties.

Named after Kelly McGillis, you know, the star from "Top Gun" and "Witness," this event is a big deal. She's not just lending her name; she's a former Key West local and a big supporter. Imagine running into her at the event!

But let’s talk teams. We’re not just playing local here. Teams are flying in from Morocco, Spain, Sweden, Pakistan, Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador. It's like the United Nations of flag football. We've got players from 8-year-olds to seasoned seniors, all ready to show their skills on the field and learn some new tricks at the flag football clinics.

Now, here's where it gets even cooler. Besides the adrenaline-pumping competition, the week is filled with quirky and fun activities. Ever heard of “toilet relay races”? Neither had we, but they’re happening here, along with arm wrestling contests and, yes, parties every single night. Because what’s a championship in Key West without some good old partying?

The official kickoff is a spectacle in itself. The opening ceremonies are happening at the Half Shell Raw Bar – a place as Key West as it gets. And right after that, get ready for the Kelly’s Players Parade. Picture this: teams strutting through the streets, flags waving, costumes glittering, and the one and only Kelly McGillis leading the way with Terri White.

The real action starts with games at Wicker Field Sports Complex. It's three days of non-stop flag football madness, culminating in the World Challenge Game. And the best part? You can watch all of this for free. Yes, free!

So, whether you're a flag football fanatic, a Kelly McGillis fan, or just love a good party, the Kelly McGillis Classic in Key West is where you need to be. Don't forget to check out iwffa.com/kmc2024 for all the deets. See you there!