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WomenSource luncheon will help ladies learn football with Lakeview coach
Offers a chance to win Atlanta Flacons tickets
Lakeview Academy head coach Matthew Gruhn will be the guest speaker for Thursday’s WomenSource Brown Bag Luncheon. - photo by The Times

Football 101

WomenSource Brown Bag Luncheon

When: Noon Thursday

Where: Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way NE, Gainesville

How much: $6 for nonmembers, $5 for members

Contact: 770-503-9060,


If you’ve ever watched or attended a football game, you know that the sport comes with its own language and culture.

Between first downs and field goals, penalties and punts, it can be all too confusing if you’re not a diehard fan.

To help novice sports enthusiasts or those seeking a refresher course, WomenSource has dedicated this month’s Brown Bag Lunch to all things pigskin.

The "Football 101" luncheon will take place at noon Thursday at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way NE in Gainesville.

Matthew Gruhn, Lakeview Academy’s head coach, will be helping attendees put together the X’s and O’s of the game.

"This is the first time I’ve been asked to do something like this," Gruhn said.

"Usually, I’m talking to players."

Although this will be his first pep talk outside of a locker room or practice field, Gruhn is no stranger to the game. The Lakeview coach was born into Gainesville’s royal family of football.

His father, the late Bobby Gruhn, was the coach of the Gainesville High School football team for 38 years and led his players to victory more than 250 times.

The playing field at City Park in Gainesville was officially renamed "Bobby Gruhn Field" in 1985.

Gruhn is entering his 19th year as a coach. Six of those years have been with Lakeview Academy, but Gruhn has also coached at Winder Barrow High School and Apalachee High School.

For those ladies -- and gentlemen -- who are just getting into the sport, Gruhn has a sage piece of advice before your first kickoff.

"You may want to try learning a little bit about the top players," Gruhn suggested.

"Find out who the players are that you can expect to make big plays.

"That could help make the game more enjoyable for you to watch."

If he doesn’t touch on a topic of interest for you during his talk, don’t worry. Gruhn says he’s more than happy to field questions at the end of the program.

To help attendees even more, chef Dannella Burnett — owner of Oakwood Occasions — will be on hand to offer tailgating tips and ideas.

Find out the best foods to fix, the easiest way to transport it all and what essentials every good tailgate needs.

If you thought this pot couldn’t get any sweeter, you’d be wrong.

This month’s door prize includes four club-level seats for the Atlanta Falcons’ preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 9 at the Georgia Dome, says program coordinator Laura Haynes.

Admission is $6 for nonmembers and $5 for members. The fee includes lunch, which will be served at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

Payment can be made at the door, but advance reservations are required. To make your reservation, call 770-503-9060 or email laura@

WomenSource is a nonprofit organization that was founded as a partnership between the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, North Georgia Community Foundation and United Way of Hall County. The group’s goal is to help women of all ages achieve personal and professional success.

Each month’s Brown Bag lunch covers a different topic. Previous presentations have offered money-saving and healthy living tips. The group has also brought in former Pan Am stewardesses to talk about the "Glamour Days of Travel" and Lt. Col. Terry Barron to talk about her time as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.

Attendees for this month’s lunch are asked to bring supplies for Gateway Domestic Violence Center, which is the Outreach Agency for this month’s lunch.

Appreciated donations include paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, baby wipes, $10 gas station gift cards, new pillow cases and zip lock bags.


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