Lilia flies flag to raise funds

The name Lilia Conolly might not be familiar in the sport of flag football. But with the undertaking of an important role Conolly hopes to increase her status.

Conolly is now the Fund-raising Coordinator for the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. The Human Resources Manager at Island Heritage was one of the new elects to the executive board. Conolly stated that her focus is on approaching local businesses in hopes of getting sponsorship.

One of the people who is eager to point out the significance of Conolly’s post is newly elected association vice president Brendon malice. A participant in the sport for a number of years, Malice states fund-raising is crucial.

“The association is a nonprofit, which means that the league depends on sponsors and team fees to cover operating costs such as field rentals, tournaments and national teams,” Malice said. “Our long-term goal is to establish our own venue, similar to that of the rugby club. We foresee that this would lead to more flag football exposure in the Cayman Islands and regionally.

“Lilia is going in to her second year of flag football. Since joining she has been very active in participating in flag football events such as the women’s league, the Caribbean regional cup, co-ed league and was a member of the Cayman select team that participated in Florida this past January.

“Lilia is very dedicated to the sport and has showed this by taking on a challenging role. It is a very important position as she is the face of fund-raising. Her creativity is critical. On a whole, the league needs funding in a variety of areas.

“In order to meet our long-term goal to establish our own venue, the league will need to generate enough income to begin purchasing land as well as the cost of building a facility.”