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...
Italian Coaches Benefit from Global Football ICE Program

Italian Coaches Benefit from Global Football ICE Program

Six coaches from Italian American football club teams are spending valuable time this summer serving as volunteer coaches with six NCAA Division III colleges in the United States as part of the Global Football International Coaching Exchange initiative. Global Football matched the Italian Football League (IFL) coaches with NCAA Division III college partners who have traveled overseas with the Texas-based company in recent years, giving the visitors an opportunity to enhance their coaching skills on the gridiron. They will in turn transfer that knowledge to help develop players in Italy. “I am thrilled to hear from our clients across the NCAA Division III programs to learn how happy they have been with their visiting coaches,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. “This idea came about during a post-game conversation in Rome among with Jeff McMartin of Central College, the Roma Grizzlies head coach and myself. When I took the concept to Fabrizio Cuppelini of FIDAF (Federazione Italiana Di American Football), we figured out how to make it work. “The key element was the welcoming nature of the college programs here in America, and a huge thanks goes out to those visionary men. We are all eager to see this grow, impacting the sport worldwide in a positive manner.” Coaches participating in the Global Football ICE program: Coach – Club Team – Position Coached – D-III College – Coach Roberto Rotelli – Dolphins Ancona – Offensive Coordinator – Wartburg College – Rick Willis Mattia del Monte – Dolphins Ancona – Strength & Conditioning – Ohio Northern – Dean Paul Mauro Salevmini – Seamen Milano – Offensive Line – North Central...
Memories of 1970 Notre Dame Football – The Cotton Bowl Triumph

Memories of 1970 Notre Dame Football – The Cotton Bowl Triumph

Global Football President Patrick Steenberge was a member of the storied 1970 Notre Dame football team that came agonizingly close to winning the college football national championship. The Irish might not have topped Nebraska from the poll summit, but they did inflict a rare defeat on Texas in the Cotton Bowl, ending a 30-game Longhorns unbeaten streak. This University of Notre Dame website story gives a great account of the triumphant 1970 team, but take a minute first to enjoy the memories Patrick Steenberge has from that season. He just returned from South Bend having shared some great recollections with his fellow players from that era as Notre Dame organized a reunion for those athletes, 45 years later. “I can vividly recall the 1970 season at Notre Dame, having worked my way up the depth chart in the spring from number 12 to number two behind Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Theismann. “We had a very balanced offense and defense, which is how Coach Parseghian liked to play. Our schedule was rugged, including numerous high respected teams and coaches – Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State; Alex Agassi, Northwestern; Dan Devine, Missouri; Bud Carson, Georgia Tech; Charlie McClendon, LSU; John McKey, USC; and of course Darryll Royal at Texas. “I was able to get into nine games, as Ara liked to get playing time for his backup quarterback whenever possible. “We were able to go undefeated until the USC game in the torrential rain on our final weekend in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Joe T. was unstoppable, throwing for more than 500 yards, but we also couldn’t stop the Trojans and ultimately...
Cedar Cliff And Penn Manor In GIFT Rematch

Cedar Cliff And Penn Manor In GIFT Rematch

Friday Night Lights is a common term in the world of high school American Football. Long before spawning a book, a movie and a television series, it described the excitable gathering of sporting devotees across the nation on fall evenings, faithfully cheering on the pride of their community. A year ago, thousands of miles from the home of that iconic scene, Dublin Friday Night Lights captured the imagination of intrigued local sports fans and served up a classic encounter befitting the American tradition. The Global Ireland Football Tournament – GIFT 2014 – welcomed two Pennsylvania teams, Penn Manor and Cedar Cliff, to the University College Dublin Bowl. There, they kicked off the 2014 campaign in a competitive regular season game played on overseas soil – under Friday Night Lights. This week, the teams will meet again on more familiar territory to open their 2015 season, Penn Manor playing host. So it seems fitting that as the new look website GlobalFootball.com celebrates the successes of some of the athletes and coaches who have at some point crossed paths with Global Football during the past twenty years, we should feature this great rivalry. Twelve months ago in Dublin, Penn Manor emerged as 27-20 winners over Cedar Cliff. Quarterback Tanner Erisman guided the Comets to victory under head coach Todd Mealy. The game was a new experience for Colts head coach Colin Gillen, who took charge of his first game at Cedar Cliff and for sophomore quarterback Grant Breneman, who started under center for the first time. Sports Illustrated recognized Erisman for his performance, selected as one of the magazine’s Faces In...
To Moms of boys wanting to play football

To Moms of boys wanting to play football

Eastern Michigan Head Coach Chris Creighton, whose dream of playing football in Africa became the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, pens a powerful letter to potential football moms, which was posted on FootballMatters.com. Growing up on the West Coast, I played every sport I could – soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, I swam and for a short period I was even in a bowling league, but the only time I got to play football was at school during recess. I am pretty sure that the universal rules of recess football are still the same: Two-hand touch (when the recess lady was watching), one run per every four downs, two completions for a first down and we always debated whether we were going to count “Alligator” or “Mississippi” to rush the passer. My parents never allowed playing organized football to be an option for me. They didn’t want me to get hurt. In the spring of eighth grade, the high school football coach came to our middle school to talk to a bunch of us about playing high school football. I was interested in soccer and the other sports at the time but playing football was definitely intriguing. My mom still would not let me play. For two more years I continued to play other sports, and on Friday nights, as the football team played under the lights, I sat with the rest of the student body and watched. I really wanted to play, but my mom wouldn’t budge. In the summer between my sophomore and junior year, unbeknownst to me, a group of my friends’ parents ganged up on my mom and...
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,...