The $55,000 donation, which will
grow further from raffle ticket sales, is a $5,000 increase from last year's
proceeds. All money from the event will benefit the
More than 65 breast cancer survivors
sporting special pink t-shirts recognizing their fights were in attendance. The
1,000 participants in attendance ranged in age from 11 to 96, and represented 14
different states, from
"Football 101 is a wonderful event
to fight the war on cancer," Coach Callahan said. "In the last three years more
than 3,000 women have raised over $140,000 for the
The event was split up like a
football game. During the "first half," participants learned about the
philosophy of the
Coach Callahan additionally led the group through the West Coast Offense with a viewing of a coach's tape that the players watch, showing the different ways that the team views tape and pointing out how plays are run, as well as what each individual's responsibility is on the field.
Following Coach Callahan's presentation, the group was treated to a player forum with six players, including senior fullback Dane Todd, senior defensive end Jay Moore, senior linebacker Stewart Bradley, senior quarterback Zac Taylor, junior strong safety Ben Eisenhart and junior cornerback Cortney Grixby.
At "halftime," there was a social hour and sit-down lunch, where participants were able to eat in club level seating or the Don Bryant Press Box. Immediately following lunch, Coach Callahan led the entire group on the Tunnel Walk to the Memorial Stadium field.
For the "second half," the participants split into three groups according to previous football knowledge and learned first hand from Coach Callahan and his staff. The ladies rotated among three circuits, physically taking part in drills by running plays and hitting sleds.
The circuits included a section for the offensive coaches, where volunteers participated in running actual plays. Running backs coach Randy Jordan used multiple volunteers to exemplify what a running back might see in a game situation. In the drill, women ran through two pads that represented blockers waiting at the end of the line.
"Sometimes you're not going to be
able to see (other players), and you're going to have to feel them,"
There was also a section for the special teams coaches, who explained how they prepare for game-day situations in a lecture hall setting, as well as the defensive coaches, who also ran drills to show how they coach against blocking schemes.
Following the event, the second
annual "Do the Dock" tailgate party was held as attendees and their guest had a
further opportunity to interact with the