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McKenzie Tolliver Makes USA Football Women’s National Team

Update: You can now support McKenzie Tolliver in representing the United States in women’s tackle football in Canada this year. Donate Now!

Majestics fans, we have some exciting news! One of our defensive backs, McKenzie Tolliver, made the USA Football Women’s National Team.

The team consists of 45 players nationwide that will compete against teams of countries around the world in the Women’s World Championship.

The championship takes place in Canada this year, and we couldn’t be more honored to have one of our own make the team.

So let’s talk to McKenzie, a receiver, safety, and mom of 2, that is coming up on her 3rd year playing for the WFA and your Majestics.

Why did you want to try out for Team USA?

I wanted to challenge myself and see if I was capable of playing at the national level. I love to compete and love being around elite athletes.

What have you done over the years to prepare for tryouts for team USA?

Since I am only starting my third season, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect and prepare for. I tried to compare training and competing in my other sports over the years as a guide.
I was very diligent about working out and getting in shape off season by doing cardio, strength, field and agility work.

 

The most important thing I focused on was knowledge of the game so I could be prepared mentally for whatever defense strategy, schemes and ideas were thrown at me. My coaches and teammates helped me significantly in preparation and have always been very knowledgeable and supportive.

Were you nervous during tryouts?

I definitely had good nervous energy at tryouts. I have been able to teach myself through competing several years at the national level in other sports to use my adrenaline and nervous energy to my advantage.

 

It’s also very important to understand that when you walk onto the field for tryouts, you can only control the here and now. All the work is done at that point, so you have to trust yourself and the work you have put in, let go and just play ball.

You were a D1 athlete in college for swimming. Why football?

I have always wanted to play football.. It has always been my “true love” in sports.

 

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I started swimming when I was 8 years old and happened to be good at it, so that was the sport that I pursued. The difficulty with swimming is that you don’t have much time for other sports, as we train morning and night 5-6 days a week, all year long.

 

Once I graduated from WSU and had my children, I realized that it was time to start competing again and it worked out perfectly that there was a high level women’s football league. I enjoyed swimming and playing soccer, but have never loved those sports the way I do football.

 

What other athletic goals do you have for the future?

My goal with football was to make team USA. I would also like to win a championship title with the Majestics. Once I am done playing football in the next few years, I would like to do cross fit and work my way up to compete on a high level as well.

 

In the next 10 years, by the time I am 40, I would like to complete an ironman, a marathon and compete in Master’s Nationals as a swimmer.

 

What do you do in your free time?

For hobbies, I like to play and watch sports. I also like to travel, read, and spend time with my kids, family & friends. I love doing art and DIY projects (especially during the holidays) too.

 

OTHER Fun Facts about McKenzie:

  • Born and Raised in Billings, MT
  • Works as a regional property manager specializing in low income & affordable housing
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    McKenzie with husband and 2 children
  • Married with two kids, Asher (4 yrs old) and Aaliyah (5 yrs old)
  • How she gives back: volunteers with several non-profit agencies to house homeless families
  • Sports played: swimming, soccer, and dance for 10 years (tap & hip-hop)
  • Started swimming on the national level at 12; won various regional gold medals in various events as an age group swimmer (ages 10-18).
  • Holds several state records in Montana for swimming in multiple age groups
  • On all-time top 10 list at Washington State University for several swimming events

 

Want to support McKenzie and the Majestics?

You can support McKenzie and help her get to Canada by donating here to her crowdfunding campaign!
You can purchase season tickets today right here. In addition, please share this feature on McKenzie to support both her and her teammates. To have a player on Team USA is an incredible honor, and we want the world to know about it.
Until next time, Go Majestics!
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