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Poland Becomes the 29th Nation to Welcome Global Football as the Leader in
International American Football Travel Celebrates 25 Years of Adventure

Poland will become the 29th nation to welcome American football travelers exploring the world with Global Football in 2020. Team Stars & Stripes, a select team of American high school-aged student-athletes, will venture to Eastern Europe in April to enjoy a series of educational tours and play a game on the gridiron against the Poland Under-18 All-Star team.

Global Football celebrates 25 years of providing an opportunity to travel and compete internationally in 2020, and is heading overseas with a high school Team Stars & Stripes squad for the 13th time. In previous years, the team has visited Japan, China, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland and Scotland. Offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann traveled with Team Stars & Stripes to Japan in 2008 and has since played for seven NFL teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.

The Global Ambassadors Bowl concept provides the opportunity of a lifetime for deserving student-athletes to travel globally, while playing the sport they love and serving as ambassadors for their school, state, nation and themselves.

Two noted coaches with a combined 100 years of coaching experience will lead the coaching staff to Poland, Bill Gallagher of Philadelphia and John Storey of Cleveland, Ohio. Storey has been an integral part of every Ambassadors Bowl, while Gallagher has coached this event for 10 years, and was also a Notre Dame teammate of Global Football president Patrick Steenberge. These legendary leaders invite high school coaches across the United States to nominate deserving juniors and seniors for the roster, which will travel to Poland on April 11, 2020 to explore historic areas and train together ahead of game day on Saturday, April 18. Coaches should contact Global Football founder and president Patrick Steenberge for more details: / 817-219-7274.

“It is amazing to think back to the previous 12 years of experience in taking these high school ambassador-type student-athletes to fascinating lands to explore and play,” said Steenberge. “I am really eager to get to Poland, a place I have never visited, and to share the culture and history with young men who will be exposed to such a unique country and peoples.”

Team Starts & Stripes will arrive in Kraków on Sunday, April 12 and will tour the city’s Old Town before hitting the football field for a light practice. On Monday, the group will visit St. Mary’s Church, the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral before attending a Welcome Dinner hosted by the Kraków Football Kings and the U.S. Consulate General.

Tuesday sees a visit to the Wieliczka salt mine, which has been on the on UNESCO list since 1978, the Kazimierz and museum and Schindler’s factory, then meet the Consulate General in Kraków. Wednesday is dedicated to a trip to Oświęcim and the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the group will see the main camp, loading dock and ruins of the gas chamber. Thursday features a full day trip to Zakopane, where the group will discover the beauty of the breathtaking Polish Tatra and the popular Easter holiday markets, while walking with an English-speaking mountain guide.

Having returned to the practice field on Thursday evening, Team Stars & Stripes will head to Wroclaw on Friday for a guided city tour through the old town, discover the Panorama of the Battle of Racławice Museum, which features one of the biggest 360° panoramic battle scenes in the world, and visit the Cathedral Island Ostrow Tumski. Saturday’s game against the Poland Under-18 All-Stars will be followed by a visit to a water park and an awards dinner, before returning to the United States on Sunday, April 19.