Team Stars & Stripes Win Global Ambassadors Bowl China

Team Stars & Stripes Win Global Ambassadors Bowl China

Team Stars & Stripes scored 56 unanswered points against the American Football Academy (AFA) at the Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce Stadium to win the Global Ambassadors Bowl China. The game between the select squad of student-athletes drawn from multiple schools and states across America and their Chinese hosts highlighted a nine-day visit to China. The visiting players and coaches held a youth clinic before the game, which was played to a crowd of about 800 spectators on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon in Shanghai. The annual Global Ambassadors Bowl provides the opportunity of a lifetime for deserving student-athletes to travel internationally, while playing the sport of American football and representing their school, state, nation and themselves. The squad of high school senior standouts is selected as much for a player’s conduct off the field as for his performances on the gridiron and is known as Team Stars & Stripes. Evan Pearlman (Milken School, CA) returned an interception for a touchdown to open the scoring then quarterback Jaden Casey (El Camino HS, CA) hooked up with Tyrell Morford (Lincoln HS, WA) for a 47-yard scoring reception and added a two-point pass to Brandin Porter (Lincoln HS, WA) for a 14-0 lead. The Americans led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter after a seven-yard Divine Buckrham (Kriski Prep, PA) run. Casey lined up under center to connect with Buckrham with a 56-yard scoring pass and then found Dan McGarry (Villa Angela St Joseph, OH) for the two-point conversion. Kyle Goldman (Milken School, CA) scored from six yards out and Buckrham added two points on the ground, before...
The China Bowl Blog – Part 1

The China Bowl Blog – Part 1

Never be bored – that seems to be my mantra. In a life full of adventures and blessings, I must say, the past 22 years of Global Football has been fulfilling, extremely busy, and with surprises nearly every day. I seem to thrive on that. While it is not easy, I cannot imagine myself not doing this. Here’s my last 24 hours, which are typical of the tasks I deal with on the eve of an overseas visit. I hammered on my laptop from 8am after a wake-up swim at the YMCA (gotta keep fighting ageing!), until 1 am, doing final online preparations for the Global Ambassadors China Bowl and tour of Beijing and Shanghai. But in reality, those have been about done for the past week. My Friday was more focused on future events and tours we are finalizing, initiating, promoting, organizing and creating. Just yesterday I talked with key people in Mexico, Japan, numerous European nations, California, New Jersey and China; most long-lasting friends, others new acquaintances who are always fun to connect with, especially when introduced by dear friends of mine who understand what we do. My alarm goes off at 3am, so I can drive to DFW Airport for a 6am departure to San Francisco, where I’m waiting now for the flight to Beijing.  I just met a part of our Team Stars & Stripes, high school young men who will be taking in this most educational journey with me and my other coaches. They look just like most high school kids, big, small, white, black, clean cut and shaggy. The wonderful aspect about these guys,...