COLUMBUS, Ohio– The first-ever Ohio State Football Women’s Clinic today drew nearly 700 attendees for a day of football, fun, fundamentals and fundraising at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. And it turned out to be quite a memorable day for the Buckeye women in attendance.
“I am the biggest Buckeye fan and this has been wonderful,” Beverly Sturm, from Dayton, said. “The camaraderie among the ladies has been great and the fact that this is for such a good cause makes the day even greater.”
“Today was great fun for my daughter [Allie] and I to take part in together,” Karri Dosmann, from Upper Arlington, said.
Some of the funds raised from the event today will be contributed to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Event sponsors Ohio State IMG Sports Marketing and The Kroger Company also will be making a contribution to the Spielman Fund on behalf of the event today.
The day started with individual photos taken with Coach Urban Meyer, demonstrations on offense, defense and special teams, and a presentation by representatives of The James Cancer Hospital.
After lunch there was a live and silent auction, and then the Ohio State coaches kicked it up a notch by instructing the women through nearly an hour’s worth of drills – real football drills. There were also facility tours and then something that strength coach Mickey Marotti called the “world famous smokehouse” – a series of 40-yard dashes by age group, an event that had the women roaring, especially when 22 ladies between the ages of 53-59 raced followed by 14 more warriors between the ages of 60-65 who raced.
Then there were pushups. Lots of pushups for any and all who dared. The winning competitor for this contest did 159 pushups. Honest!
“We had three goals for today,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “The first was to benefit a good cause, and our sponsors [IMG and Kroger] and this football program are proud to be able to support the Stefanie Spielman Funds.
“Secondly, we really wanted to work hard at teaching the ladies the game of football, and thirdly, we wanted to have fun.”
The drills, all of them contested outdoors on the same fields the Buckeyes do some of these same drills on, seemed to be crowd favorites.
“The drills were, by far, the most enjoyable part of the clinic,” Karri Dosmann said. “The drills were the real thing and they were really fun!”
Meyer made sure his coaches were serious about teaching these women during the drills phase.
“We really wanted to coach them hard so the women understood what football is all about,” Meyer said. “They were really, really intense out here…the most intense group of women I’ve had at a clinic. We had to really keep them hydrated.”
Outside of a sprain, all the ladies made it through the day just fine, many who attended with friends or relatives.