STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football program held its Second Annual Football 101 For Women Clinic on Friday night at The Burton Family Football Complex and the Mark R. Shenkman Center. The event was a sellout for the second-straight year with over 200 participants.
Proceeds of the event benefited programs for women's cancer prevention and treatment at UConn Health.
Clinic participants enjoyed a cocktail hour, silent auction and meet-and-greet before taking the field with the Husky team for light drills and on-field fun. The clinic was planned and coordinated by head coach Bob Diaco and his entire coaching and administrative staff.
Women of various ages took to the field and classrooms, learning the game of football from Husky coaches and players in the two-and-a-half hour session.
Diaco has stressed the event's importance for the continuing success of the game of football and showing women how football is taught in a safe way.
Upon entering the Burton Complex, participants were met by enthusiastic staff at the registration tables who handed out UConn lanyards, t-shirts and the players' own personal credential, which designated them to a certain team for the night.
UConn football graduate assistants lined the entrance of the building, cheering and high-fiving participants as they entered, adding extra excitement to the festivities.
Participants were divided into eight teams and the clinic was broken up into eight stations. Every 10 to 15 minutes, the teams would rotate to the next station, allowing them to see football from all angles.
Four on-field stations and four meeting room stations were staffed by UConn coaches and other professionals, giving participants the opportunity to see a typical day for student-athletes. The four on-field stations gave participants a lesson in kicking field goals, throwing and catching passes, running through an obstacle course, and tackling. UConn coaches and players motivated participants while teaching them the fundamentals of the game.
Off of the field, participants got the chance to sit in on offensive and defensive strategy sessions, with UConn coordinators running them through basic football knowledge. The athletic training room allowed teams to learn about player health and nutrition while the weight room gave them a chance to see UConn players lifting weights and doing various other exercises.