The third annual World Women’s Tackle Football games started at the New Orleans Saints training facility on Tuesday, marking the first time an NFL team has hosted the event.
The event, which runs until Saturday, brings 220 women from 17 countries to learn about football techniques and play a game.
Samantha Rapoport of USA Football, which organizes event, talked about the opportunity to partner with the Saints.
“We reached out to several NFL clubs. There was a bunch of interest but there was no offer like the New Orleans Saints offer we received," Rapoport said to NewOrleansSaints.com. “Jason Trosclair and Chris Payton basically saying to us, ‘Not only do we want to host but what else can we do for you?’ They really opened up their doors and provide such incredible opportunities for these women.
“You know Drew Brees doing a promotional video for them that was shared by tens of thousands of women across the country just by seeing Drew Brees say, ‘Hey we’re excited to welcome female tackle football players.’ That was a first for women’s tackle football and something we’re really excited about.”
Among the names that will appear as guests at the event is former Arizona Cardinals assistant coach Jen Welter, who became the first female coach in the NFL when she was hired as an assistant coaching intern on July 27, 2015.