Helmets & Heels links fashion, football

kelseyBy Kelsey Johnson


The University of the Incarnate Word football team hosted its first Helmets & Heels women’s clinic on Thursday, Aug. 25, in McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom.

The ladies-only event was a unique way to connect female Cardinal fans to the male-dominated sport of football. And what better way to make that connection than cocktails and a fashion show? Am I right, ladies?

The coaches’ wives handed out T-shirts and goodie bags as attendees stepped through the door. They then had a chance to walk down the red carpet in high fashion in front of a UIW Athletics backdrop.

“This event is to stir up interest in our program,” Larry Kennan, head coach, said. “We’re very proud of what we do and how we conduct ourselves, and we thought it would be good to get some of the wives and some of the women in our community to get behind us also.”

To start off the night, coaches used hands-on demonstrations of defensive and offensive terminology to get the women involved. They used chairs to explain different field plays while the women pretended to play different positions such as quarterback, offensive lineman, and running back.

Following the demonstrations was the player panel, where UIW football players sat on stage and answered questions from the audience. However, it was UIW quarterback Trent Brittain’s long locks that seemed to be the star of the Q&A session.

The most anticipated event of the night was the football fashion show, where the director of equipment, Clint Thomas, showcased the new season’s uniforms as the players strutted down the runway in full gear.

Throughout the night, Helmets & Heels raised funds from raffled items and a silent auction. Items auctioned off included Adidas apparel, the option to be an honorary coach at a UIW football home game, and a pearl necklace from Gurinsky’s Jewelers.

All in all, Helmets & Heels appeared to be a big hit.

“I think this event is the start of something big and we plan to do it every year,” Kennan said.


E-mail Johnson at kmjohnso@student.uiwtx.edu


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