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and at 17 she joined the Kansas National Guard,
becoming the unit's first female mechanic.
She was again treated as the outsider-a
woman in a unit of men-but this time she
stood up for herself and developed a passion for
helping others find strength within themselves.
Vail became known for taking risks,
skydiving and racing motorcycles when
she could.

Theresa Vail stars
in the upcoming
Outdoor Channel
program, "Limitless,"
sponsored by Franchi.

:
HI

Gina M. S chmidt

"We have made a big commitment
with Theresa, but our outreach is not
just to women. We want to reach anyone
looking into acquiring a great shotgun at
a reasonable price."
The show "Limitless" will feature Vail
challenging herself in some exciting sports
and activities, such as participating in a
26.2-mile trek in the Bataan Memorial

" I love the Franchi

Intensity. It reflects my life."

"One of the officers in my unit suggested I try
out for Miss Kansas since I loved to challenge
myself," Vail recalled. "He thought I would be a
good inspiration for other young women."
So she did try out, and won her very first
pageant, Miss Kansas 2013-even though she
was not permitted to perform her greatest talent.
Two days before the event, Vail was told that
the Miss America organization did not permit
projectiles, so she had to set aside her archery
skills and brush up on her singing.
"I only had two days to prepare, and I had sung soprano as a child and loved to listen
to opera," Vail said. "I listened to Pavarotti's, 'Nessun Dorma' and performed that aria for
my talent."
After being crowned Miss Kansas, Vail had two months to work on her aria before
performing it in the Miss America pageant. She did not win Miss America, but placed in
the top 10. She felt the talent portion really held her back.
"While I enjoyed singing, it was not my strong suit and I felt robbed when they said I
could not use archery as my talent," Vail explained.
During her year as Miss Kansas, Vail was most vocal about empowering young
women to stand up for themselves. She spoke to many youth groups and schools
about preventing bullying and, instead, getting involved in the shooting sports and
hunting. Empowering and encouraging young women became her platform at the
Miss America pageant.
Tom Kaleta, vice president of marketing for Benelli usa, had watched the Miss
America pageant with his two young daughters.
"When we heard the Outdoor Channel had developed the show 'Limitless' featuring
Theresa, I knew we wanted to work with her," he said. "Signing on as the Presenting
Sponsor has given us that opportunity to make Theresa the face of our brand."
Kaleta said he has noticed that women are really drawn to the Franchi brand-
they just seem to like the feel and fit of the guns.
"And Theresa seemed like the perfect spokeswoman for Franchi, with her platform
of empowering young women and encouraging them to get into the shooting sports,"
he explained. "Theresa's appeal is to a more diverse and young audience, and that is the
audience Franchi wants to bring into their brand.

Death March in New Mexico, climbing
Wyoming's notorious "Devils Tower,"
harvesting her first elk and skydiving with
the West Point Parachute Team.
"My motto fits in well with this show,"
said Vail. "The only limits are those we set
for ourselves."
Vail really enjoys shooting
Franchi shotguns. They fit her
small frame well, and her favorite
Franchi gun best describes how she
lives her life-with intensity.
"I love the Franchi Intensity. It reflects
my life," she said. "I used to love squirrel
hunting best, but now I truly love elk
hunting. I love that it is a physical, as well
as mental, challenge. During an elk hunt
for the show, we were walking eight to
10 miles a day for six days, up mountains,
down mountains-it was very intense.
And I love intense!"
Stay tuned to outdoorchannel.com
for more information on the show
"Limitless," coming in July 2015.
For more information on
Franchi products, go to:

WWW.FRANCHIUSA.COM
(800) 264-4962

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