"When I started the Ladies Football Forum, I had no idea how wildly successful it would be, but I thought there was a demand for some sort of educational and fun seminar for female fans," said Chyna, the ball of energy who coordinates the event each year. "Women do not normally have an opportunity to get a look at the inside working of a program, plus a lot of them do not understand the game and want to.
"We give the ladies an inside look at each department and the coaches have chalk talks with them. I've gotten nothing but good feedback on the event and this year is no different."
Over 200 Lady Rebs participated this year and were treated to tours of the locker room, equipment room, training room, weight room, given a chalk talk by the assistant coaches and were introduced to several Rebel football players who demostrated how things work in each "department."
This year, MLB Patrick Willis showed the ladies the equipment football players use. WR Carlos Suggs and TE Lawrence Lilly were the "guinea pigs" in the training room, where rehab techniques and injury discussions took place. TE Robert Lane, SS Jamarca Sanford, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and FB Jason Cook did demonsrations in the weight room.
Seattle Seahawks' OL Chris Spencer was this year's special speaker.
"We all love Rebel football, but we don't have the opportunity to see what goes in to it. This forum educates women fans - it's a fun, informative day," said Cindy Sinervo, a staunch Rebel supporter from Oxford. "I learn something every year I come to the Ladies Forum. This year I brought one of my daughters and she's loving it."
On the flip side, the Fantasy Camp is also taking place. The participants in the Fantasy Camp not only have chalk talk opportunities, they actually go through a "toned down" version of what the Rebel do.
They are not as fast as they once were, or as young, but it's obvious they have just as much fun playing 7-on-7 and interacting with the whole football staff.
Many of the participants are repeaters, but this year the Ladies forum had quite a few first-timers who said they will be back.
The following are some pictures from the day.
|Photos by Chuck Rounsaville|