WHY I PLAY Women’s tackle football: #80 MCKENZIE TOLLIVER [TE, SS]
We sat down with McKenzie Tolliver, who had 5 interceptions last year, 1 of which was a pick-six. McKenzie is also an asset manager/developer for GMD Development in Seattle, and a happily married mother of 2 kids. After talking with her and hearing what drives her to play football, we’re guessing she’s gotta be one of the coolest moms out there.
WHY DO YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?
I play football because I have longed to play football since I was a little girl. I also love the fulfillment of playing a sport predominately and notoriously played by men and being able to not only break gender stereotypes, but show that women can play football at a high level too. Whether its football or any other sport they want to play, I want to pave the way for young athletes by showing them that all they need to do is set their mind to WHATEVER they want to do in life not just athletically but in other facets of life, as well.
“The most important thing for me is being a role model to young girls in America and paving the way for young athletes by showing them that they can do WHATEVER they put their mind to…anything is possible.”
What is your favorite part about playing for the Majestics?
My favorite part about playing for the Majestics is being around a group of women who are all fierce competitors in their own way. I love being around a group of athletes who value character, dedication, and determination. In order to play women’s tackle football, you have to be fierce, competitive, and willing to step out of your comfort zone each and every day.
What has football done for you?
Football has helped me achieve a great balance in my life while competing at a high level. It has helped me balance competitiveness, fitness, work, and being a mom, wife, and friend. The need to compete runs deep for me, and not having competition in my life makes me off-centered. It has also given me the opportunity to (again) compete in an area that many girls feel is impossible to compete in.
If you could speak in front of a group of middle school athletes, what would you say?
I would tell them that inner strength and growth really come from life’s struggles. Most people who have been given everything don’t understand true work ethic and aren’t incentivized to understand the real values of life. Remember that the ever so striving and hardworking excel in many ways. Character lays the foundation in the people we are destined to become. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Never give up and never give in. Success is not measured simply by what you’ve accomplished, but what you’ve encountered and had the courage to overcome.
One of my favorite quotes is “whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t, you are right.” The power of the mind is an incredible power. Stay positive and stay focused. Don’t let obstacles get in the way of your dream. Use them as a resource on your path to achieving your dreams. And never give up because you will fail over and over again before you succeed.
Want to Support McKenzie and the Majestics this season?
2016 Season Tickets Are Now On Sale! Click the button below. You can also go to McKenzie’s page and pay for season tickets under her name, which will go directly to her player’s fees that cover field costs, refs, and the like. One thing’s for sure, you won’t want to miss McKenzie playing in the season opener on April 2 vs. the Everett Reign! Get your tickets now.
All games are played at French Field at Kent-Meridian High School: 10020 SE 256th St, Kent, WA 98030
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