Equipment From Ohio Schools Boosts Serbia

Equipment From Ohio Schools Boosts Serbia

Some of the American football equipment generously donated by high schools and colleges in the U.S. states of Ohio and Iowa eager to help develop the sport in Serbia is already creating progress in the Balkan nation. The U.S. Air National Guard played some flag football with a newly formed Serbian team near the town of Vranje that was able to begin playing because of the initiative organized by Global Football, Ohio Northern University and Tom Sadowski, who coordinated efforts in Serbia. The unique partnership enlisted the help of the Air National Guard, U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, and Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport to airlift 34 helmets, 160 sets of shoulder pads, 91 pairs of game pants, 100 pairs of thigh pads, 20 pairs of knee pads, 30 jaw pads, 16 neck Rolls, 12 jerseys, 3 footballs, one hand shield and a clip board to Serbia. “While we have done some amazing things during our 20 years of operations, this singular program may have one of the biggest impacts for development of the sport worldwide,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. “Ohio Northern did a superb job or coordinating everything, and my Notre Dame buddy Tom Sidowski was the catalyst. Great work!” Donating to the initiative were: Ohio Northern University Polar Bears, Bexley High School Lions, Olentangy High School Braves, Sidney High School Yellow Jackets, St. Francis De Sales High School, Villa Angela St Joseph, Central College and Global...
Ohio Schools Send Equipment To Serbia

Ohio Schools Send Equipment To Serbia

Devotees of American football in Serbia will soon be outfitted with equipment generously donated by high schools and colleges in the U.S. states of Ohio and Iowa eager to help develop the sport in the Balkan nation. A KC-135 cargo plane will depart Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base on Saturday, August 1, arriving the following day in Belgrade, Serbia at Nikola Tesla Airport, loaded with helmets, shoulder pads and other pieces of equipment essential for playing the sport that is growing across the European continent. Texas-based Global Football and Ohio Northern University joined forces with the Air National Guard, U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, and Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport to create this unique partnership to assist the growth of American football in Serbia. The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Champions League Final Four was hosted by Serbia last weekend. Big-hearted educational institutions in Ohio – which has been twinned with Serbia since 2005, resulting in productive joint training exercises, leadership courses, and cultural exchanges – along with Central College of Iowa and Global Football have donated the equipment that will be provided to needy clubs. School – Donor – City, State Ohio Northern University Polar Bears HC Dean Paul, Tim Glon Ada, OH Bexley High School Lions HC John Smith Bexley, OH Olentangy High School Braves HC Mark Solis Lewis Center, OH Sidney High School Yellow Jackets HC Adam Doenges Sidney, OH St. Francis Desales High Snhool HC Ryan Wiggins Columbus, OH Villa Angela St Joseph HC John Storey Cleveland, OH Central College HC Jeff McMartin, John Roslien Grace Luder Pella, IA Global Football Patrick Steenberge Granbury,...
Ohio Schools Donate Football Equipment To Serbia

Ohio Schools Donate Football Equipment To Serbia

Global Football and Ohio Northern University have joined forces with the Air National Guard, U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, and Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport to create a unique partnership to assist the growth of American football in Serbia. To tackle the economic challenges that make acquiring American football equipment extremely difficult, this newly formed US-Serbian “all-star team” has created an equipment donation program to ensure the enthusiasm for America’s favorite sport continues to grow across all ages and genders in Serbia. This initiative requests equipment donations from Ohio high schools, universities and youth teams, which will be sent to teams and players to further grow the game in Serbia. Through the U.S. Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program, the State of Ohio and the Republic of Serbia have been twinned together since 2005 resulting in productive joint training exercises, leadership courses, and cultural exchanges. “To be successful, we want to collect as many helmets, shoulder pads, footballs, cleats, jerseys, pants, pylons, tackle dummies, shields, down markers, training aids, etc, as possible,” said Tom Sadowski, who is coordinating efforts in Serbia. “Regardless of whether it is new or used, in amounts of three or thirty, if it relates to football and can help teach kids about the game, we’ll accept it, collect it, ship it, and use it. “Flowing from this same spirit of teamwork and commitment, the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has been a strong supporter of the Serbian National American Football Team and the growth of the great sport of American football throughout the country, something both Ohioans and Serbians can agree on.” Several Ohio high schools...