Football 101 returning to Notre Dame

Published 7:11 pm Thursday, April 28, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After receiving rave reviews by attendees in 2010, Kelly Cares Foundation, a charity founded by University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly and his wife Paqui, will co-host the second edition of Football 101 from 5 until 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, on Notre Dame’s campus.

Similar to last year’s sold-out affair, Football 101 gives women at least 21 years old a tutorial session on football basics, an opportunity to meet the Notre Dame football coaching staff, learn fun facts about Fighting Irish football and enjoy an upscale taste of South Bend. Participants also get a behind-the-scenes look at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex (football headquarters) and LaBar Practice Complex (football practice fields).

Following check-in near the Guglielmino Athletics Complex (affectionately known as The Gug – pronounced GOOG), a reception will occur on the grounds of The Gug. Drinks and appetizers will be provided by some of Michiana’s top restaurants plus patrons will be able to meet Notre Dame’s coaching staff and browse through items for the evening’s raffle.

After the reception, participants will be split into groups and travel from station to station outside at LaBar Practice Complex and inside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. On the practice fields, the Fighting Irish coaching staff will teach the basics of football form and technique, including passing, catching and kicking footballs. Inside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, other members of the coaching staff will teach the basic X’s and O’s in the football team meeting rooms to participants where they’ll learn more about how missed blocks and route-running can make the difference between a sack and a touchdown.

The evening concludes with the entertaining fashion show of athletic gear and football equipment with a special guest serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Registration for Football 101 can be found at and admission to the event is $108 per person to signify the fact that one out of eight women will develop breast cancer in their life. Paid registration includes admission to all evening activities and a souvenir white adidas Notre Dame football jersey with pink numbers. Following the successful first year of Football 101, this year’s event capacity has been doubled to 600 participants, but walk-up registrations will NOT be accepted.

The 2011 Football 101 is expected to sell out so women interested in attending are encouraged to sign up soon. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer prevention, awareness and early detection initiatives chosen by Kelly Cares Foundation.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and workout attire as they will participate in a series of light on-the-field drills and instruction provided by the Notre Dame football coaching staff.