Iowa’s Drake University Bulldogs and Mexico’s CONADEIP All-Star to make sporting history


african_footballThe sport of American Football will be played for the first time ever on the African continent in May of 2011 at the inaugural Global Kilimanjaro Bowl. The town of Moshi in Tanzania will host the historic game between the Iowa’s Drake University Bulldogs and an all-star team from Mexico, the CONADEIP all-stars representing the CONADEIP Conference on Saturday, May 21, 2011 under the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Texas-based Global Football will organize the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl where in addition to competing on the football field, Drake University and the CONADEIP all-stars will undertake a series of projects to benefit the local community and enjoy a cultural experience.

Players and coaches from both teams will climb the imposing 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro - the tallest mountain in Africa! The two teams will ascend Kilimanjaro by different routes, culminating their climbs by meeting at the summit and hoisting their respective university and national flags in a moment sure to be captured by media worldwide and celebrated by everyone connected with these teams and their universities.

“This is a truly groundbreaking and unique overseas visit that will spread the appeal of American football onto the African continent,” said Patrick Steenberge, President of Global Football.  “We are extremely proud to have been asked by Drake head coach Chris Creighton to find an opponent and put together all the trip and game production. . .”

 

The trip will begin on May 17, 2011, and following two practices, a football clinic for local youth and a safari in a nation where more than a quarter of the land is reserved for wildlife and natural resources, the two teams will meet on the field on Saturday, May 21.  The remainder of the visit will be dedicated to a youth orphanage service project and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro before returning on June 1.  

The traveling football roster for Drake University, an NCAA Division I-FCS non-scholarship school located in Des Moines, Iowa, will consist of players who are eligible for the 2010 season.  “I am overwhelmed with excitement as this long time vision is now becoming a reality,” said Drake Bulldogs head football coach Chris Creighton. “This trip will surely be one of the most incredible experiences of our lives. . .”  

Drake’s Mexican opposition will be selected from the CONADEIP conference that will start its inaugural football season in the fall of 2010, having restructured to provide a highly competitive schedule for the long-dominant private universities in Mexico, which previously competed under the established ONEFA organization.

The orphanage service project will be coordinated through the efforts of the Iowa Resources for International Service (IRIS) as the student athletes from both teams, numbering more than 100 in total, will spend three days working at a local private orphanage to improve its facilities.

H.E. Ombeni Sefue, Tanzania's former Ambassador to the US and Mexico who was recently appointed Tanzania's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, said: “I am pleased to hear of the Drake University football team’s May 2011 trip to Tanzania, where you will play the first American Football game on the continent of Africa.  I am indeed honored to welcome you!”

The football clinic will provide Moshi area youngsters, who have likely never seen nor touched a real American football, their first taste of the sport.  Global Football is inviting sports equipment manufacturers to donate a large number of youth balls and other equipment that can be shipped, used, and given to the children there at the clinic.


 

Source: Bradford Marketing / Bradford Group and Tanzania Tourist Board

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