Football fever strikes Dykes with new summer programs

June 24, 2010

by Zach Beaird

Tech head coach Sonny Dykes will be keeping himself busy this summer while working alongside his wife, Kate, on the creation of Pigskins and Pearls Women’s Football Clinic and Luncheon as well as his own Fantasy Football Camp.

Kate Dykes has begun planning with her husband for Pigskin and Pearls, an instructional luncheon for women from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 29 at Squire Creek Country Club.

Coach Dykes, along with Kate, is using the inaugural Pigskins and Pearls as a chance to give back to the community. For $40, women will be treated to a luncheon as they are taught the basics of football, and all of the proceeds from the event will be donated to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.

Kate and Sonny Dykes will speak at the luncheon and use some football players to demonstrate the use of the equipment and other basic fundamentals. Also, Kate hopes that women will use the luncheon to meet and get to know some of Tech’s coaches and players.

“I feel this is a great way to make women feel like a part of Tech football,” said Kate. “It just allows them to have fun.”

All participants in the clinic will receive a hat and T-shirt along with the luncheon. Also, a table for eight is available for $280.

“We’re hoping to make the luncheon a lot of fun for the women,” said Kate, “We are even thinking about including some hands-on activities to get them involved.”

Immediately following Pigskins and Pearls, Sonny Dykes will begin the newly established Louisiana Tech Fantasy Football Camp.

Dykes will hold the camp from July 30 to Aug. 1 giving participating Bulldog fans a glance into Tech football.

The camp will provide participants with behind-the-scenes knowledge of a Division I football program as well as the opportunity to build a personal relationship with my staff and me,” said Sonny Dykes.

Dykes said he plans to teach participants how to perform many of the tasks necessary to prepare for a game. This includes everything from breaking down film and strategizing to the recruiting process. Participants will also be able get on the field and practice against one another while receiving advice from Dykes and the coaching staff.

He said he hopes this opportunity will make the campers see and appreciate what all goes in to Tech’s football program.

Dykes will also treat his campers with a round of golf at Squire Creek Country Club, a cookout at his house and a selection of Louisiana Tech gear.

The cost of the camp is $1,500, which will cover expenses including hotel, food and transportation.

With the 2010 football season fast approaching, Kate said she hopes these two events will be a great way to get both die-hard Bulldog supporters and beginning football fans excited and in the stands for the first home game.