Throwback Thursday – Reaching The Summit

Throwback Thursday – Reaching The Summit

It seems fitting that in a week when Global Football announced its Adventures Travel initiative, we take a look back at the scaling of Mount Kilimanjaro by the largest group ever to stand on the rooftop of Africa at one time. Back in 2011, the players, coaches and staff of Drake University from Iowa and the CONADEIP universities of Mexico joined Global Football President Patrick Steenberge at Uhuru Peak as the sun rose over the Serengeti. A few days earlier, they had made history by playing the first-ever game of college American football on the African continent. This wonderful story is best told in Patrick’s book Tupande Kileleni, which means ‘let’s climb to the summit together.’ Here is an excerpt from the chapter that describes the moment they reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. As my vision slipped over the cinder crest and looked ahead to the gravel bowl below, and onto the very near actual summit just around this caldera, I also gazed upon the heavily jacketed silhouette of Coach Chris Creighton as he ambled toward me along the ridge from the east. He had a huge sparkling smile shining through his weathered cheeks, further darkened by his five-day growth of beard. I eased a few steps in his direction; we instantly locked eyes, embracing as only two brothers of kindred spirit could do, as two sons of God were moved to do, giving thanks for our many gifts and for the safety and success of everyone with us. Chris Creighton is simply an amazingly wonderful man, whose idea this was. I felt so blessed and proud to...
Throwback Thursday: ‘Thanks For 20 Years Ago’

Throwback Thursday: ‘Thanks For 20 Years Ago’

Global Football celebrates its 20th birthday this year and what better way to kick off the celebrations that to wind the Throwback Thursday clock all the way back to that formative year of 1996. Twenty years ago, Patrick Steenberge took tentative steps to England, where the first Global Football tour would be held when Mount St Joseph High School from Baltimore traveled to London to experience a new culture and play overseas opposition. It was in Crystal Palace in south London during a Notre Dame passing camp that Global Football President Patrick Steenberge made an impression on a young Dawid Ostrega, who was initially watching from the sidelines. This week, with impeccable timing, an email arrived at Global Football HQ from Dawid, who is now the head coach of the Kraków Football Kings in Poland. It is his message, reproduced below, that illustrates the wonderful experienced Global Football has been able to provide eager young football players for the past twenty years. Here is his email: Patrick, It’s only been about 20 years since we met, so I fully expect that you have no idea who I am, but hopefully you’ll spend a few minutes reading this email, so that I can “re-introduce” myself. We met in London, England, when you did one of your first youth ND passing camps in Crystal Palace. At the time I was around 15 years of age, and playing for the London Capitals. Our coach encouraged us, so I went along with a few of my team mates; and this is where the story gets a little interesting. There was absolutely no way...
Global Football Heads To AFCA Convention In San Antonio

Global Football Heads To AFCA Convention In San Antonio

San Antonio, here we come! For the 18th year in succession, Global Football will feature prominently and engage with coaches from around the world at the annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the Alamo City hosts the 93rd annual AFCA showpiece event from January 10-13 and Global Football President Patrick Steenberge will be available to meet coaches and visitors to the Convention at Booth 7117 in the exhibit hall. Since 1996, only Global Football has consistently provided amateur football players, coaches, families and fans the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with people of differing cultures, producing games and tours in 23 countries on 6 continents. More than 350 teams and 14,000 curious travelers have encountered a positive life-changing experience, while enjoying the ultimate team-building opportunity. “The AFCA Convention is always the ideal spot to kick off the New Year, as it is the epicenter of football each January,” said Steenberge. “I look forward to seeing many old friends and clients with whom we have shared amazing experiences. Plus, it will be fun to meet new coaches who have dreamed of playing overseas, and are now ready to make this a reality for their players and staff. In addition, many of our international partners will be there so we can plan new events.” The AFCA Convention provides an opportunity for coaches considering taking teams overseas a chance to talk with Patrick Steenberge and with Leo Jenkins, who coordinates European operations; John Roslien, Player Personnel Director for the Team Stars & Stripes squad that competes at the Tazón de Estrellas every December;...