ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- There will be plenty of women on Branch Field at University Stadium on July 24th with the University of New Mexico hosts its 21st annual New Mexico Women’s Football Clinic Driven by New Mexico Chevy Dealers. One of them however, has history in her back pocket.
Katie Hnida, the first, and still the only female to ever score in an FBS Division I football game, will return to Albuquerque as a special guest at the 21st Annual New Mexico Women’s Football Clinic. Hnida, who in 1999 became the first female to dress out for a bowl game, became the first female to play in a bowl game when she attempted UNM’s first extra point in a 27-13 loss to UCLA in the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl.
That attempt was blocked, but eight months later Hnida got another chance and made the most of it. In the 2003 season opener against Texas State, Hnida became the first female to score in an FBS (then I-A) game when she hit an extra point after a Hank Baskett touchdown with 5:05 left in the game. She tacked on her second extra point with 1:21 to go for the final tally in UNM’s 72-8 win over Texas State.
Her two career points equaled her jersey number at New Mexico, 2.
Hnida, who graduated from UNM in December 2004, wrote a book about her experiences, entitled “Still Kicking: My Journey As the First Woman to Play Division I College Football”. Katie also became the first woman to play professional football when she kicked for the Ft. Wayne Firehawks in 2010. She currently is a motivational speaker and is involved in a number of organizations that work to combat violence against women.
However, it’s her love of football and the University of New Mexico that is bringing her back to Albuquerque for the Women’s Football Clinic.
“I am so excited to get to be a part of this year's women's clinic,” said Hnida, who took part in the clinic as a player. “It was, hands-down, my favorite event to be involved in when I was playing at UNM. It is always such a pleasure to be around women who love football, and the Lobos, as much as I do.”
Hnida added, “At UNM, we value all of our fans so much and it's a wonderful thing that the women go get to go out and hit the gridiron for a night together. Food, fun and football for a great cause, I hope to see everyone there!”
The cost of the event is $30 and all proceeds go to that great cause, the Send-A-Kid Program, which allows underprivileged youth to attend Lobo football games. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Check-in is at the Tow Diehm Athletic building. Athletic clothing and sneakers are recommended. Register online at golobos.com or call 925-LOBO.
“The Send-A-Kid Program is a valuable component of Lobo Football’s community outreach efforts. It provides kids in New Mexico the opportunity to attend Lobo Football games, that otherwise would not have the means to do so,” said Drew Ingraham, Asst. A. D. for Marketing and Sales. “The program helps create bonds between the youth of New Mexico and Lobo football while giving them an opportunity to have fun while watching college football in a great environment.”
The purpose of the clinic is give women a first-hand look at the inner workings of the Lobo football program. The clinic also will provide attendees an opportunity to meet coach Davie, his staff and members of the Lobo football program.