Annilie’s Bio

Where were you born: Miami, FL

Hometown: Miami, FL

High School: John A. Ferguson Senior High School

College: Florida International University

Major: Journalism

Tell us how you became a FOX Sports Girl
I’ve always had a love for sports, and especially for my Florida teams. When the opportunity arose to be a Fox Sports Florida Girl, I went for it and auditioned! I didn’t hear anything back for months, and thought it was a lost cause. Until I got a call one day for an in-person interview! After a lengthy process, I got the great news that I will be the first Fox Sports Florida Girls along with Jordana!

What has been your favorite experience as a FOX Sports Girl?
Coming from a military family, I always feel honored when given the opportunity to give back to our troops. Picking up troops on the Fan Express to take them to a game is always a treat, but our yearly Spring Training to the Troops trip tops it all. Seeing what it’s like in their daily lives has opened my eyes even more to what these men and women do for us. It always feels amazing to bring a little cheer to our military.

What is your favorite sports memory?
Ray Allen’s game winning shot against the Spurs in game 6 of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. It was an honor to be there representing Fox and to feel the electric energy in the arena!

For the ultimate sports fan, what are the three things you recommend them to experience in your city?
1. Marlins Park is a great place to visit! It’s a state-of-the-art brand new ballpark with so many things to see and awesome South Florida food!

2. Every single Heat home game is like a playoff atmosphere! The high energy will keep you on your feet all night! The AmericanAirlines Arena is a definite must-see.

3. Lightning hockey at the Tampa Bay Times Forum is a great experience. Die hard fans, great energy, and a beautiful arena! Oh and don’t forget to check-out the real live lightning bolts!

Who has been the greatest influence on you being a sports fan and why?
My love of sports has been a family affair! My dad had been a Dolphins fan since the Griece era, my grandfather has me in Marlins gear since I was a newborn, and my mom is one of the world’s biggest Heat fans!

If you could play any position/role on any team what would it be and why?
I would definitely be the starting point guard for the Miami Heat. To be given the responsibility, and opportunity, to be the primary ball handler for one of the most prolific offenses in the NBA would be incredible.

The FOX Sports Girls are involved in many community and charitable initiatives. Please tell us about your experiences and if you have a favorite charity or group that you work with.
We participate in a lot of event many events with After School All Stars. It’s always a great time to give back and spend time with these kids who are part of this program.

The FOX Sports Girls participate in the annual Spring Training to the Troops trip. What ties to the military do you have? (Family, friends?)
I have a long family history with deep military roots. My family has ties to the Military as far back at the Revolutionary War. My Father and Uncle both served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, and I have always been raised with a deep rooted respect for all the Men and Women who fight for our Nation’s freedom.

First game you ever attended?
My Father took me to see the Miami Dolphins take on the New York Jets at Joe Robbie Stadium when I was 5 years old. . it was an electric atmosphere, and an overall amazing experience. It was a day that I will never forget, and one that began my obsession with the hometown Miami Dolphins.

Who is your favorite person to follow on social media and why?
Jonathan Zaslow, @Zaslowshow, is a local sports radio host here in Miami. I love seeing what he says on twitter about are local teams and getting a few good laughs. It also doesn’t hurt when he gives the Fox Sports Florida Girls a shoutout!

Are you superstitious? If so, what are some of your pre-game/during the game rituals?
If I’m at home watching a Marlins game, I have to sit on a certain spot in my couch for them to win!

What sports did you play growing up?
I was a competitive Irish Dancer for 7-years, which gave the opportunity to travel the US and compete on a national level.

What’s your favorite sports rivalry?
University of Miami vs. Florida State football is my favorite sports rivalry! Growing up as a football fan in Miami, I always had a love for Hurricanes football. The rivalry speaks for itself!

What is your go-to super bowl dish?
Three words. Loaded. Chicken. Nachos. I may have just drooled on my keyboard.

Do you have any sports events on your bucket list?
This year I had the opportunity to see a game at Wrigley Field for their 100 year anniversary, and that was definitely on my bucket list. My ultimate bucket list event would be the Super Bowl, or game seven of the World Series!

What is your favorite sports movie?
The Blind Side is one of my favorite sports movie. It’s such a great movie about perseverance and dedication that really shows a side of sports that isn’t often seen in the public eye.

What number would you wear if you played sports?
I don’t know why, but I have always had great luck when I wear the number 14!

What would your walk up song be?
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight … with the drum solo on repeat!

Name the local sports heroes from your hometown.
From the NFL, Sean Taylor of the Redskins that will always go down as my favorite Miami-born athlete. Also Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Andrew Dawson, Pro Bowlers Frank Gore, and Andre Johnson, and All-Star Manny Machado.