Trinity College Dublin Will Host American Football Showcase

Trinity College Dublin Will Host American Football Showcase

Ireland’s leading university Trinity College Dublin will host this summer’s American Football Showcase, featuring six high school teams from the United States, in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. The six teams have learned their opponents for the three games, which will be played back-to-back at a specially constructed venue on the Trinity College Dublin campus beside the official Welcome Village. The hub of activities surrounding the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Georgia Tech and Boston College will host the exciting event on Friday, September 2. American Football Showcase games (order of schedule and kickoff times to be confirmed) Westminster School (Atlanta, Georgia) vs. Community School Naples (Naples, Florida) Marist School (Atlanta, Georgia) vs. Belen Jesuit (Miami, Florida) St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, New Jersey) vs. Blessed Trinity (Atlanta, Georgia) “Playing the three high school games at historic Trinity College Dublin is going to be an unbelievable experience and a beautiful setting for the players and fans,” said Belen Jesuit head coach Richard Stuart, echoing the sentiments of all six traveling teams. Under the banner, “Much More than a Game”, pre-game pep rallies and tailgate parties will be among the many highlights to take place at Trinity College Dublin, where some of the visiting American high school teams will also stay in rooms on its beautiful historic campus. “It has always been our ambition that these College Football Classic games should be much more than a game, and we are delighted to be able to showcase top high school football to fans who live in and visit our city,” said Padraic O’Kane of Irish American Events, organizers of...
Thanks To Our Troops Overseas – Great To Meet You!

Thanks To Our Troops Overseas – Great To Meet You!

Having returned from the Military Appreciation Partnerships (MAP) tour to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Global Football founder and president Patrick Steenberge has penned a letter of a thanks to everyone the traveling group met while overseas, along with a recap of the incredible six-day, 19,126-mile experience. What strikes me from meeting and talking with you, the dedicated United States military men and women we encountered on this whirlwind tour is how broad-based your ‘Team’ truly is, and how you all function independently, and as a family. This 5 country / 6 base tour our 15-person Team MAP experienced will inspire us to work more diligently to support you and your efforts, and to help spread the word across America of your commitment and attitude of service, leadership, success and Team. 19 February 2016, 0845 we departed Aviano AFB Italy at the base of the Alps on our way home, back to the daily lives, work and families we so enjoy. We returned with such an enhanced understanding and appreciation of what you do, realizing more fully how it is that through your daily sacrifices we and other Americans can enjoy the fabulous sport of football and those who play the game at every level. Quite simply, I am amazed at what you do, and the attitude you carry into each day, regardless of wake-up time or the tasks you are asked to execute today and every day. While our US military is an all-volunteer organization, each of you has also been ‘voluntold’ where to be, at what time, for what duration, and to perform what tasks. And...
Celebrating The International Appeal Of The Pop Warner Super Bowl

Celebrating The International Appeal Of The Pop Warner Super Bowl

Born in Springville, NY, in 1871, Glenn Scobey ‘Pop’ Warner could never have dreamed that almost 150 years later, more than 64 teams of junior athletes would converge from across the United States to participate in a celebrated tournament played under his name. Neither would the former American football player and head coach have imagined that youngsters would travel from all over the world to compete on the gridiron. Then again, the innovative visionary might not have been all that surprised to learn that the game he loved would one day appeal on a global scale. The modern day devotees of youth American football have made an annual pilgrimage to the Pop Warner Super Bowl for the past 58 years and since 2010, Global Football has organized an international tournament, known as the Friendship Bowl, at the event. Teams from Canada, Mexico, Panama and the United Arab Emirates have joined the 64 American teams and numerous dance and cheer groups at ESPN Wide World of Sports™ Complex. Global Football will bring international youngsters eligible to play in the Jr. Midget and Midget groups in December of this year. “This all started about eight years ago when my longtime friend Jon Butler, Pop Warner Executive Director, and I met to talk about the global development of the sport,” explained Global Football President Patrick Steenberge, who first introduced an international tournament to the event in 2010. “Pop Warner had in past years hosted individual foreign teams for one-off games, so knew there was some interest. With my experience running the Super Bowl Under-19 event, the NFL Global Junior Championship, I had...
Select Student Athletes Invited To Global Ambassadors Bowl

Select Student Athletes Invited To Global Ambassadors Bowl

Standout student-athletes from across the United States have an opportunity to visit the Czech Republic and Germany next spring, from April 2-10, and to participate in the Global Ambassadors Bowl. For the ninth year in succession a group of select high school seniors will line up as the Team Stars & Stripes American football squad to play against overseas opposition, the GHS (German High School) Hawks. Previously known as the Global Bowl, the Global Ambassadors Bowl will be played on Saturday, April 9, in Hanau, a town in Hessen near Frankfurt, Germany, but the action on the gridiron is only one element of the educational visit to Europe. The traveling American group will arrive in Prague in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 3, and will take a tour of the Old Town, including the Old Town Square, the 18th century Church of St Nicholas, the beautiful Goltz-Kinsky Palace, the medieval Charles Bridge which spans the River Vltava, and the former Jewish Ghetto. The group will also visit the Terezin concentration camp, the Museum of Communism, a Nuclear Bunker and Krizik’s Fountain before traveling across the border to Germany to enjoy a Night Watchman tour of medieval Rothenberg. Once in Hanau, Team Stars & Stripes will take part in a community service at local high school and a Testing Combine for top local players during the build up to the April 9 game day. Team Stars & Stripes head coach Bill Gallagher, who has led the Americans previously in Italy and Spain, will again take charge of the select roster. High school coaches may nominate deserving players who have...
Remembering The Global Junior Championship

Remembering The Global Junior Championship

For eleven memorable years, from 1997 to 2007, the Global Junior Championship stood out among the highlights of the annual Super Bowl week of events. From humble beginnings aimed at showcasing the developing American football talent in Europe and Mexico to becoming a six-team tournament supported by the National Football League, the history of Global Football’s international tournament creation is littered with an array of the sport’s star names. The NFL Global Junior Championship evolved from being a single game first played in 1997 to welcome teams from multiple nations and three continents. Along the way, Pro Football Hall of Fame stars endorsed the event, which provided a platform to launch future NFL, College Football and NFL Europe careers. Here are just a few names of those international standouts, who represented their respective nations in the GJC. • German offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (pictured right) is a regular starter for the New England Patriots, having been scouted by the University of Houston while playing for Team Europe in the GJC in San Diego in 2003. • Panama offensive lineman Frank Davis started three games for the Detroit Lions in 2006 as an undrafted free agent following a successful career at the University of South Florida and represented Panama in the GJC in 2000. • German defensive end Constantin Ritzmann spent time on the practice squads of the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, was team captain and starter at Tennessee. He was a three-time MVP of the GJC from 1997 to 1999 for Team Europe. • English wide receiver Marvin Allen won a Super Bowl ring as a member of...
Chris Creighton, The Dreamer Who Inspired The Kili Bowl

Chris Creighton, The Dreamer Who Inspired The Kili Bowl

Chris Creighton made history last weekend. Back in 2011, it was a similar story, only on a different continent. As the second-year head football coach of Eastern Michigan University, Creighton guided the Eagles to a first non-conference road game win in 27 years on September 12 with an historic 48-29 victory over Wyoming. Four years ago, while guiding the fortunes of the Drake University Bulldogs, the visionary coach created a unique piece of history as his dream of playing the first game of college American football on the African continent became a reality. Chris Creighton is one of the sport’s true personalities whose careers have crossed paths with and inspired Global Football during the past 20 years of organizing and producing games and events in 23 countries on 6 continents. Each week, we take a look back at the past and present endeavors of those Global Football alumni. Creighton’s dream of not only playing the game he loves in Africa, but also exposing his players and staff to a meaningful cultural and educational visit of service and friendship, was shared back in 2010 at the AFCA Convention. His literal dream was outlined to Global Football President Patrick Steenberge and just for good measure included a plan to scale to summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest point. “I first worked with Chris when he was coaching at Wabash, a top NCAA Division III college,” said Steenberge. “We went first to Switzerland and Austria, then three years later to Panama, which fit his personal goals of ‘impacting young men’. “From the beginning I knew he was a unique coach, a proud...