DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
I had the pleasure to connect with Kelly Campbell when we hosted the 2014 One Dream Awards together in Las Vegas. She was warm, friendly, funny and gorgeous. I was immediately intrigued by her passion for sport and her involvement with the Legends Football League (LFL). Female, tackle football in bikini style uniforms? I had so many questions...
Kelly took any snap judgements I had about the perception of the league and allowed me to ask the blunt questions. Do you get paid? What's your training regimen like? Is it hard to gain respect from fans/outsiders like myself? But, the real question on my mind was, why do you do it at all? Without hesitation, she told me it was because she loved to compete. She eloquently went on to explain that her involvement in the league made her a stronger person mentally, physically and emotionally and at that moment, I knew this was a fellow female athlete that deserved my respect and support.
Kelly is a 5 year veteran with the LFL and is currently the Corner Back with the Las Vegas Sin. She played for the Baltimore Charm from 2010 - 2013 as Defensive Back and during that time was nominated 3 times for the Most Improved Player of the Year and won in 2013. Additionally, she was named to the All-Fantasy Eastern Conference Team in 2013 & Team Mexico in 2012. Lastly, probably most importantly, she won the Baltimore Charm Most Dedicated Player Award in 2013. Competing in the LFL is nothing but commitment. The athletes in the LFL do not get paid for their involvement with the league, but this does not stop them from giving their fans their best performance on game night. Their passion for what they do is what drives them to continue to compete at the level that is expected of them.
Anyone who is willing to grind at something they love, work hard to achieve goals & be willing to take criticism regarding the LFL and its perception is truly someone We Are Warpaint is humbled to know and respect.
We Are Warpaint could not be more proud to highlight, Kelly Campbell of the Las Vegas Sin Legends Football League.
WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT: DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
WP: You graduated from Penn State with a background in competitive cheerleading & dance. How were you introduced to the LFL & the Baltimore Charm?
KC: During my senior year at PSU, I took Judo for fun with my friend, Shelley. She was tall, beautiful and one of the sweetest girls ever... but, not the most athletic person. After college, she was pursing modeling and she posted a photo in a bikini type outfit and she was holding a football. I asked her what it was for and she said she was playing women's football and it was tackle. I was a little taken back, but she was super into it and working really hard at it. I thought it was really cool and followed her season with the Philly Passion in 2009. That next spring in 2010, she told me Baltimore was next on the list to get a team and become a franchise. I went to the first tyrout ever in May 2010 and that was it! There were over 100 girls and they selected 25 to a mini-camp, which just happened to be held in my hometown of Frederick, MD. I 100% believe it was fate. We practiced in my hometown for 2.5 years, and even in my parent's backyard between season 2 and 3.
WP: You're a 5 year veteran with the LFL, how has competing in the LFL impacted your life?
KC: I was always involved in fierce competition with sport. Even though I was a dancer and a cheerleader, I was always competing on various teams and usually two teams at once. I took karate, played baseball, soccer and varsity lacrosse in high school.
When you leave college, unless you are one of the few women who go on to play professional sports or have a chance to compete as an Olympic athlete, there are few options to continue athletics and receive that same internal fulfillment that a competitive sport provides. The LFL helped me discover a new passion for sports and football. It also helped me become a stronger person physically, mentally and emotionally. What you learn and do on the field directly translates to life. I stopped being such a pushover and learned to stand up for myself. I learned how to walk away and take chances and risks. I can appreciate women and how strong they are, and how many of us just LOVE football and simply want to play.
Because of my experience with the LFL I have definitely become more understanding of all of the different types of women I have the opportunity to come across. You learn that everyone has a story. I have made countless friends and memories while playing for the LFL. I have traveled to 3 countries: Mexico, Canada and Australia. I learned how to believe in myself and perhaps most importantly, I moved across the country alone, from Maryland to Nevada to work for the league. I had no idea if it would work out, I didn't know a single person in Nevada and unexpectedly I ended up meeting my future husband, who ironically enough is from Maryland!