This is a one-of-a-kind girls’ night out at Paul Brown Stadium: learn the fundamentals of the game while supporting a great cause!
Football 101, presented by Pure Romance
Football 101 2015 took place on Wednesday, October 21st!
What happened at Football 101?
- FUN! 450 ladies made this the GNO of the year! They bid on outstanding silent and live auction items, scored some great swag at our sponsors’ booths, played games, and took millions of selfies.
- FOOD! They boosted their energy with fantastic fare from several buffet stations, sipped signature cocktails, such as the famous Tigertini and Super Bowl Slammer, and enjoyed late night coneys and Gigi’s cupcakes!
- FOOTBALL! They learned from the best! Bengals coaches were on hand to teach football skills, such as passing, field goal kicking, and game strategy. They visited the locker room, weight room, put on a uniform and practiced game drills.
- PHILANTHROPY! 450 of Cincinnati’s best female Bengals fans supported the Marvin Lewis Community Fund while having a blast!
Pink Football Award, presented by TriHealth
At this year’s Football 101, the 11th annual “Pink Football Award” presented by TriHealth, the MLCF, and the Cincinnati Bengals, was awarded to an outstanding breast cancer survivor for her strength, courage and perseverance in battling the devastating disease. We were thrilled to present the award to Debra Nickell:
Deb has been through more than most people would ever imagine enduring. She and her husband, Jim, suffered the unimaginable when they lost their sweet son, Corey, to neuroblastoma in 2009, just shy of his 5th birthday. A year later, Deb was hit with a diagnosis of breast cancer following a mammogram and underwent surgery. Her decision to undergo a double mastectomy revealed an additional small ductal tumor that had not been seen on the scan. She continued her work as a nurse, now at Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Department, and participated in fund raising and lobbying efforts for childhood cancer; she created a Rally around the Gold Ribbon group to distribute gold ribbons around the U.S. to raise awareness of childhood cancers; raised money for Cancer Free Kids; participated in the 46 Mommas “Shave for the Brave” lobbying event in Washington, D.C.; and she and her husband give an annual scholarship to a child at Corey’s former school. This year, after a cough and breathing problems led her back to the doctor, Deb was diagnosed with B cell lymphoma, and it was found in her chest, liver, and spleen. Her treatment plan included grueling chemo and time in the hospital, but she has finished all six rounds, and we share her family’s hope that her next scan will bring good news.
Deb’s family, friends, and coworkers describe the kind of person we all wish we could be: selfless, thoughtful, brave, compassionate, positive, and inspirational, even in the face of tragedy and hardship. Jim says of his wife “Debra is a strong-willed woman who has handled each of these life changing events with the “I can do this attitude.”, and a coworker says “Deb is by far the strongest woman I have ever met….despite all the tragedies and battles she has fought she is the most upbeat and positive person you could meet. We are all better people because of Deb.”
We were proud to present the Pink Football Award to this amazing woman who has been so strong and resilient in the face of adversity and wish her all the best.
2015 By the Numbers:
- 1 Amazing Pink Football Award winner
- 12th annual event
- 450 women attended
- $208,000 raised
- 18 Bengals coaches
- 50 footballs used
- 1 sprained ankle
- 2 broken wrists (one person)