Hey everyone!

(So now that the end of the semester is here and everything is starting to wind-down a little, I thought I would share with you my thoughts and experience of being the Director of Planning for this year’s Florida Letterman Awards.)

The Florida Letterman Awards is an award show that is put on by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. It is a night when all of the student-athletes and support staff come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the athletes and teams from the previous athletic season. It was an honor being chosen to be in charge of planning this year’s event, and I was really excited for the opportunity to be apart of such an incredible night. This year we hosted our event on April 9, 2011 at the Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

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Although “Director of Planning for FLAs” sounds like quite the prestigious title (I made sure to put that on my resume ASAP!), it definitely came with its fair share of stresses and countless hours of work. I started the planning process early on in the year, but no matter how hard I tried to make sure things would be done early, there were always those last minute details that I just Couldn’t plan for. For example, I was running around town three hours before the show trying to find a wig and going through a fast food drive thru for three soft tacos…long story; but all for the show/our host, Steve Messler. Steve is a 3-time Olympian and Gold medalist in the 4-man bobsled, and was also a decathlete when he attended the University of Florida. He is an amazing person and was such a blast to work with. I have to give a huge thank you to him for taking the time to come back and show his support for Gator Nation. He was the perfect host!

As crazy and hectic as the whole process was, I am so grateful I got to go through this experience. It taught me a lot of different skills and I gained a whole new level of respect for people who do event planning, let me tell ya! However, I could not have done it without the help of a lot of amazing people.  There was ton of effort and work that contributed to the success of the night, and I am extremely grateful for everyone who helped throughout the process. The best and most rewarding part for me was when people would come up to me after or post of my Facebook/Twitter how much fun they had and how great the show was. Knowing that the guests enjoyed themselves and had a good night showed me that my efforts and the job I did was a success.

A special thanks again to everyone who helped me plan this year’s FLAs and everyone who participated in the event!

Go Gators!


Kailey Tissue