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Local women come out to support Wolf Pack Football and Moms on the Run
by Andrea Tyrell
Aug 03, 2013 | 1762 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Andrea Tyrell - Sue Rauh, a Sparks resident attended Football 101 last Friday night. The event was catered to women to teach the basics of football. New Nevada coach Brian Polian and his wife Laura emceed the program.
Tribune photo by Andrea Tyrell - Sue Rauh, a Sparks resident attended Football 101 last Friday night. The event was catered to women to teach the basics of football. New Nevada coach Brian Polian and his wife Laura emceed the program.
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In a sea of pink and navy blue, local women were taught the basics of football by the University of Nevada, Wolf Pack football coaching staff and their wives Friday night at Mackay Stadium. The women were treated to dinner and drinks before learning how to throw and tackle and were the first to see the football team’s newly designed jerseys, modeled by Pack football players themselves.

“A lot of universities have a Women’s Football 101 program,” said Laura Polian, wife of head coach, Brian Polian and organizer of the event. “It’s also a great fundraiser for Moms on the Run.”

Proceeds from the evening benefited the football team and Moms on the Run, an organization that helps local women battling breast and gynecological cancer who do not have the means to pay for treatment. Laura’s younger sister recently faced cancer, undergoing a double mastectomy.

“She is now 100 percent cured,” said Laura.

The event sold out much to the delight of the Polians and the rest of the coaching staff.

“We’re so excited that so many came out to back the Pack,” said Coach Polian. “Hopefully, we’ll have twice as many ladies next year.”

Women oohed and awed as members of the team came out to model their new jerseys, commenting on the colors and each of model’s poses. This year, the player’s names were added to the jerseys, with hopes of fans better connecting with the football team. The women also toured the newly remodeled locker rooms, a location that the players haven’t seen themselves.

Guests were given swag bags, filled with Wolf Pack gear, a toiletries bag, health and wellness packets and a complimentary engraved wine glass. The women were also able to bid in the silent auction, on items such as yoga sessions donated by Yoga Juice Box and dinner certificates donated by Campo.

Coach Polian carefully explained each position and its responsibilities on the field as the women listened intently. Women asked questions about different defensive moves and were invited on stage to demonstrate their victory touchdown dance.

Sue Rauh, a Sparks cosmetologist, attends most of the Wolf Pack football games with her friends from Silver and Blue Outfitters. She supports the Pack, buying a season pass each year, tailgating before each home game and she even plans to travel to Los Angeles for the Pack’s first game against UCLA Aug. 31.

“I love this team,” said Rauh. “I’m way excited about the changes that Brian (Polian) made. They are more community involved and will definitely increase attendance.”

For more information about Wolf Pack football and its upcoming season, visit www.nevadawolfpack.com.

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