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JACKSON – The Jackson State football program is accustomed to holding camps and clinics for boys ages 6-18, but the Tigers went in a slightly different direction Saturday by holding its first ever women’s only clinic, called the “Gridiron Gals” Ladies (Football 101) Clinic. The Tigers hosted approximately 50 women throughout the day. Registration was held at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium at 8 am. The ladies were then led to a reception in the JSU locker room. During the reception the ladies had the opportunity to mix and mingle and meet JSU president Dr. Carolyn Meyers and members of the 2013 team and coaching staff.
Following the reception, the gals loaded onto the JSU team buses and were taken to campus for buzz sessions in the College of Business. After unloading the buses, the women were met by members from the JSU Summer High School Band Camp.
During the buzz sessions the ladies learned basic football terminology, formations and player formations. After the teaching sessions the women were then bused back to Memorial Stadium and treated to a lunch (provided by JSU campus dining). Following the luncheon, the women participated in on-the-field activities (drills and a mini-scrimmage).
“Coach John Thompson (defensive line coach) brought me the idea and we tossed it around for about two years,” said head coach Rick Comegy. “Our staff has been able to go visit other camps across the country and had seen it done, so we decided to get it started at JSU this year.”