"Lit" would be the way to describe the 2019 Oregon football women's clinic.
The theatre in the Hatfield-Dowlin Center was full to the brim with women eager for the opportunity to learn from the UO coaching staff. When coach Mario Cristobal entered, they gave him a standing ovation. The second biggest cheer came for freshman defensive lineman, the nation's top recruit, Kayvon Thibodeaux, who MC'd the event.
"Wow they have so much energy!" said Oregon co-defensive coordinator Joe Salavae with a huge smile. Strength and conditioning coach Aaron Feld (and his mustache) was a big hit with the ladies for flexing photos. Feld called it his favorite weekend of the year and said it was by far the best women's clinic he's ever seen a school host.
The football program fed the women lunch in the same cafeteria where the players eat. Coaches and their wives mingled with the women during lunch, while participants also signed up for silent auction memorabilia, including field passes for the 2019 season and Marcus Mariota signed gear.
The clinic is fully interactive, as after a lesson in the theatre and a tour of the weight room, the women get coaching instruction and take the field to run drills. Here is a peek into the camp.
At the @oregonfootball women’s clinic today! Lots of ladies here and the passion for #goducks football is palpable! @coachfeld said it was his favorite weekend of the year 🙌🏻🏈 pic.twitter.com/GLUvtvW2ni— Bri Amaranthus (@BriAmaranthus) May 11, 2019
“We walk a certain way, talk a certain way, so we can kick butt in a certain way!” -@coach_cristobal is “honored” to coach the women today, who gave him a standing ovation 👀 Guess who is the MC for the day? Freshman @kayvonT8! #goducks pic.twitter.com/L93KiEv4MA— Bri Amaranthus (@BriAmaranthus) May 11, 2019