Record Crowd Makes 10th Annual UNM Women's Football Clinic A Rousing Success
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/05/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 5, 2003

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A record attendance of nearly 400 women helped make the 10th annual University of New Mexico women's football clinic a memorable one on Monday night at the L.F. "Tow" Diehm Facility. Head coach Rocky Long and his staff, along with several players, offered instruction and shared in the fun.

The yearly clinic assists the UNM Send-A-Kid Program, which provides Lobo football tickets to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. Since the Send-A-Kid Program started in 1994, nearly 8,000 area youngsters have been able to watch the Lobos. The proceeds from Monday's event alone raised enough money for 900 kids to attend a game this year.

This year, the evening included tours of the lockerroom, weight room and training room. Participants also received on-the-field instruction by the Long and the New Mexico coaching staff, as well as several players, including: Jerrell Malone, Corey Brown, Ryan Cook, Justin Colburn, Daniel Kegler, Zach Rupp, Kevin Walton, DonTrell Moore, Adrian Boyd, Casey Kelly, Billy Strother and Katie Hnida. Tucanos Brazilian Grill catered the evening with a large banquet spread.

Through Monday, Aug. 4, UNM has sold 12,039 season tickets. Last year's total was 14,142 while the season record is 14,254 set in 1998. The school's goal for 2003 is 16,000.

The 2003 season officially gets underway on Wednesday, Aug. 6 when the players report for the first practice of the year. The two-hour session begins at 3:15 p.m. at the UNM practice fields, located directly south of University Stadium. From Aug. 7-10, New Mexico will practice for two hours each day beginning at 5:30 p.m. Players will practice in full pads for the first time on Sunday, Aug 10. All practices are open to the public.