June 19, 2008
CINCINNATI – Paqui Kelly, wife of head football coach Brian Kelly and Jeni Thomas, the wife of Director of Athletics Mike Thomas with assistance from the University of Cincinnati football coaching staff delighted a record crowd with the basics and insight into college football as they hosted the Third Annual Women’s Football 101 Clinic at Nippert Stadium. The proceeds from the event benefits the University of Cincinnati Breast Cancer Research Foundation affiliated with UC’s Charles M. Barrett Cancer Center.
The football clinic, which was presented by Cincy Chic, Panera Bread, and Trauth Dairy, was hosted by 1530 HOMER mid-day host Mo Egger.
After a welcome from Jeni Thomas, Paqui Kelly, their husbands, and Tom Kyllo, the director of the Barrett Cancer Center, the action moved down to the turf at Nippert Stadium where women took the field just like the Bearcats as they charged through the game day tunnel to the traditional “Here Come the Cats!”
Following throwing, catching, and kicking practice, the women headed inside the Richard E. Lindner Center to the state-of-the-art football meetings rooms where they spent 20 minutes each learning the facets of offense, defense, and special teams.
The evening concluded with a UC football fashion show that included players showing the crowd their equipment and how it is worn properly for safety.
As a special gift for everyone in attendance, each participant was given a special edition pink UC football T-shirt made to look like the jerseys the players wear during games.
In total, the UC football team and the department of athletics raised over $3,500 for the UC Barrett Cancer Center, doubling it donation from a year ago. For more information on the UC Barrett Cancer Center or ways you can help fight breast cancer as well as other forms of the disease, log on to http://www.uccancercenter.uc.edu/about/facilities/.