This one-of-a-kind girls’ night out teaches participants about the fundamentals of the game while supporting a great cause!
The 14th annual Football 101 will took place on Wednesday, October 11th Paul Brown Stadium!
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 had an unforgettable experience.
- 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, tried 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!
The 13th 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 and for her passion for helping others in their fight. We were thrilled this year to present the award to Jodi Owens.
Jodi Owens had already faced a number of challenges in her young life. She lost her baby brother just before his third birthday. Her husband, Jay, was diagnosed with a rare and serious liver disease that required a liver transplant. The newlyweds were told they may not be able to conceive. But, they became joyful parents to their “miracle baby”, Grayson, and were just beginning to relish parenthood when Jodi discovered a lump in her breast. Without any family history of the disease, Jodi was shocked by the diagnosis of breast cancer, but she tackled it head on, and she adopted a positive and strong mantra during her treatment and recovery: “You are a fighter. Cancer will not destroy you. Each new day will give you strength…” She became the playmaker in her own story, to quote her sister, and attacked the disease with a determination that has inspired many others. Her large support group of family and friends, known as “JoJo’s Fight Club”, surrounded her with love and care during her 20 weeks of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, 6 weeks of radiation therapy and reconstructive surgery. She pays that support forward: not only does she give of herself as a pediatric nurse at Cincinnati Children’s, she has taken part in countless efforts to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research and treatment as a speaker, volunteer, and participant in fundraisers and events. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, American Cancer Society, Young Survivors Coalition, Karen Wellington Foundation, and many women throughout the Tristate have benefited from Jodi’s willingness to share her inspirational story, infectious positive energy, and hope.
2017 by the Numbers:
- 14th annual event
- 450 women attended
- $211,000 raised
- 1 amazing Pink Football Award winner
- 20 Bengals coaches
- 50 footballs used
- 10 Knockerballs
- 1 giant tumble