Published August 1, 2013
The women of Western New York had a chance to test their
throwing arms Tuesday night at the third annual Football 101 for
Participants crowded onto the field at UB Stadium to run, throw,
catch and even tackle the football coaching staff. The evening
provided a fun environment for women to learn the basics of
football while supporting breast cancer awareness and
Each year, the women behind UB football raise between three and
five thousand dollars through a $30 admission fee for the event,
an auction and donations. The money is given to the Breast
Cancer Network of Western New York, an organization that provides
education, advocacy, support and networking for people affected by
the disease, and the Bella Moglie Foundation, a program that seeks
to bring comfort to women suffering from Stage IV metastatic breast
“Many women know a family member or friend who suffers
from breast cancer,” says Shannon Quinn, the program
coordinator and wife of UB head football coach Jeff Quinn.
“We’re here to get the word out, educate people about
breast cancer, and if they have breast cancer, offer them an
exciting night out so they can forget about it.”
Though this summer marks the program’s third year at UB,
Shannon Quinn has helped organize Football 101 for Women at the
previous universities where her husband coached, including the
University at Cincinnati and the University at Notre Dame, where
Football 101 began.
She is not the only UB woman involved. For Angela Spieler, wife of Bulls co-special teams coordinator Marty Spieler, the program recently gained a new significance.
“Since we started this at UB, my mom has passed away from breast cancer,” says Spieler. “Tonight has become more of a reason for me to come out and support the research, and to make people more aware of the local resources available to them.”
This year, Kamlesh Tripathi, wife of President Satish Tripathi,
and Barbara Morgan, wife of Provost and Executive Vice
President for Academic Affairs Charles Zukoski, participated in UB
Football 101. The program partners with local businesses: Guests
receive information on how to schedule appointments for a mammogram
with local doctors, a test Quinn believes is key in the fight
against breast cancer.
For the price of admission, participants also received:
“It’s going to be hard for you to yell at our
quarterback on a Saturday afternoon after you’ve tried to
spiral the ball yourself,” Shannon Quinn jokes.
She hopes that by the end of the night, the women on the field
feel like a part of the UB family and understand there are more
ways to become involved with athletics at the university than
buying a ticket.
“A lot of people tonight will meet and embrace our
players, and in a way adopt them,” she says. “So when
they attend the games, they are cheering for whoever they meet here
tonight instead of just a number.
“We support them in breast cancer, they support UB athletics, and together, we all reach the goal line."