Ladies Attend Football Clinic

Eugene, Ore. -- Over 250 women participated in the 7th Annual Oregon Football Women's Clinic held on Papè Field at the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium Complex. The annual event is held to give female Duck fans a great opportunity to hear Oregon coaches discuss the basics and the finer points of football.

(PHOTO) Running backs coach Gary Campbell (center) chats with a camper at the 7th annual Oregon Football Women's Clinic, held on July 28, 2006 at the Autzen Stadium Complex, University of Oregon at Eugene. (Photo by Steve Summers)

The session was broken down into eight position stations, on offense and defense as explained by the position coaches.

The day started off with a barbecue. The focus of the day was giving the ladies a chance to hone their fan skills and to enjoy the game more. The ladies also were given handouts and invitations to join the Daisy Ducks.

Why did most women come out to the camp on a warm summer day?

"Just to have fun," said Judy Kethcart of Eugene. "To learn a little more about football."

According to Jeff Hawkins, Director of Football Operations for the Ducks, this year's crowd was a little down in numbers, but there was a good reason for it. The date inadvertently conflicted with the Relay for Life, an event according to the American Cancer Society's web site that encourages folks to walk, jog, or run overnight to celebrate survivorship and raise money for cancer research and support programs.

Hawkins, in his 6th year running the Women's clinic was more than gracious if there was a conflict between the two events saying that if someone had to chose between the two events that the Ducks were happy people chose to support the efforts to raise money for cancer research.

In the past as many as 400 ladies have attended the Women's Camp by all indications the "campers" were thoroughly enjoying the day.

Today's camp started off with remarks from Head Coach Mike Bellotti.

Meanwhile, at the far end of the practice field the final day of the summer workout sessions ended. About 30 players participated as most of the team had completed the requirements and many of the athletes have gone home for a few days of vacation prior to the start of fall camp on Aug. 7. The workouts have been conducted under the supervision of Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Radcliffe who pointed out that players who do not participate in the summer workouts have a much greater chance of injury during the football season than those that do.

Radcliffe, who has been with the Ducks for over 20 years, says that he continually refines the procedures he uses for the workouts incorporating new techniques every year. Still though, Radcliffe is out leading the way showing the youngsters what can be accomplished by maintaining a good fitness program.

"I was huffing and puffing too (after the workouts)," said Radcliffe with a big grin.

In about a week, the results of Radcliffe's training regime will be fully appreciated by the vast majority of the team that stayed during the summer. Fall camp starts a week from Monday and the season starts just three weeks after that when Stanford comes to Eugene for the season opener at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 2nd.

A number of potential recruits were in the area to participate in tomorrow's Oregon Preview Day. reports several players including Duke Lemmens, 6-5, 238, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian HS, will attend.

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