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Football 101, Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic planned this week, fans can meet Coach Doeren

July 16, 2012

The Northern Illinois athletics department has two opportunities this week for Huskie fans to mingle with members of the NIU football family as it hosts the Football 101 Women’s Clinic on Wednesday, July 18, and the Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic on Friday, July 20.

Information and registration for both events can be made by calling the Huskie Athletic Support Fund at (815) 753-1923.

Coach Dave Doeren and the NIU Huskies take the field last fall at Soldier Field Showdown II.

Coach Dave Doeren and the NIU Huskies take the field last fall at Soldier Field Showdown II.

The fourth annual Football 101 Women’s Clinic will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jeffrey & Kimberly Yordon Center and Huskie Stadium.

The informative and interactive program is a great opportunity for women to increase their knowledge of football directly from NIU head coach Dave Doeren and Huskie student-athletes.

Participants can enjoy drinks and appetizers while interacting with NIU players and coaches before heading into the McCareins Auditorium for a film study with Coach Doeren. Attendees will then split into small groups where Huskie players will breakdown the different positions and tour the football locker room. The evening culminates with on-the-field training demonstrations.

Along with gaining a betting understanding of the game of football and the NIU football program, participants also will receive a Football 101 playbook, T-shirt and group photo.

Registration is $40. All proceeds directly benefit Northern Illinois student-athletes through the Huskie Athletic Support Fund. For more information and to register for Football 101, contact the HASF at (815) 753-1923. You must be 21 years of age to attend.

On Friday, the 17th annual Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic will take place at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge, Ill.

Those interested in taking part in the event can sign up as a single for just $175, or gather a foursome at a discounted price of $650. For fans unable to take part in the golf portion of the event, tickets to attend the lunch-only are available for $40. Space is still available in the golf outing and registration for the event has been extended.

To register, call the Huskie Athletic Support Fund at (815) 753-1923.

All proceeds from the event directly benefit the NIU football program. Participants will have the opportunity to swap stories with NIU football alums and receive a preview of the upcoming 2012 season with Doeren and his coaching staff.

The festivities begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with the shotgun start set for 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served and awards will be distributed following the round, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic is named in honor of two men who have contributed so much to Northern Illinois University – former NIU coach and administrator Bob Brigham and former Huskie head coach Joe Novak.

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