Global Kilimanjaro Bowl
On May 21, 2011, Global Football successfully organized the first-ever game of college American football to be played on the African continent as Drake University beat an all-star team from the CONADEIP private universities of Mexico 17-7 in front of 11,781 curious but enthusiastic Tanzania spectators at the Sheik Amri Abedi Memorial Stadium in Arusha, Tanzania.
More than 100 players, coaches and staff scaled the summit of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, reaching the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet after a five-day expedition dubbed ‘Tupande Kileleni’ – ‘Lets Climb to the Summit’ – and two-day descent.
The group also volunteered three days of their time to benefit service projects in the Tanzanian city of Moshi. Orchestrated by IRIS (Iowa Resource for International Service), the 11 initiatives ranged from building construction to painting. Those taking part also had an opportunity to enjoy a day on safari at the Tarangirie National Park as a benefit of the TANAPA presenting sponsorship of the event.
Tazón de Estrellas
The CONADEIP All-Stars triumphed 45-27 over Team Stars & Stripes, drawn from 28 D-III colleges in the United States, in front of a close to capacity crowd at El Tempo del Dolor (Temple of Pain) in Puebla.
After the visiting Americans raced to a 14-0 lead early in the game, their Mexican hosts scored 38 unanswered points to take control of the game. Team Stars & Stripes gained some offensive momentum in the fourth quarter but two late touchdowns were not enough to make a dent on the final outcome.
Annual spring tours
Three teams from colleges and high schools in the United States traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe as Global Football continued to lead the way in exporting the gridiron game internationally for an 16th consecutive year. Club and national teams welcomed their American visitors for a memorable mix of cultural exchanges, sightseeing and ultimately an opportunity to meet competitively on the field in some of Europe’s most picturesque settings.
Iowa schools Dubuque University and Central College both traveled to Italy with Global Football in 2011, while Rose Hulman went to the Czech Republic and Austria.
Global Bowl – Germany
Team Stars & Stripes shut out the Munich Cowboys Juniors to record a 34-0 victory in the Global Germany Bowl in Bavaria on Saturday. Led by former Arizona state championship-winning head coach Jeff Scurran, the group of 30 high school seniors from seven states led 28-0 at halftime and then added six second half points.
The game capped a week of practices and cultural sightseeing in Rothenburg, Munich and the Bavarian Region. They visited the Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well-preserved medieval old town; Nightwatchman Tour in Rothenburg; Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Castles; and traveled to Munich via the Romantic Road.
Players were selected not only for football ability, but also as all-round student-athletes.
Fantasy Bowl II
The group of college football fanatics averaging 40-plus years in age represented Notre Dame and Penn State at Bigler East Field in State College on Friday evening. All have attended fantasy camps at the respective universities organized by Global Football and stepped onto the gridiron for a second time in a competitive semi-contact 11-on-11 flag football game.
Penn State Fantasy Camp
They never had an opportunity to play football at Penn State, but a group of Nittany Lions diehard fans – male and female – lived out all their football dreams at the sixth annual Penn State Football Fantasy Camp.
The popular series of college football fantasy camps created by Global Football offers Nittany Lions fans a chance to play football where legends have gone before them – on the practice fields of Penn State and ultimately on the hallowed football field at Beaver Stadium. Legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno again met all the participants either in the locker room to provide some inspiration for the Nittany Lions devotees.
The members of the 2011 camp experienced football practices based upon the Nittany Lion traditions, directed by coaches and former star players. The football at the camp emphasizes skill development and learning the offensive and defensive schemes used by Penn State, as well as the kicking game. It is fantasy, but many real aspects of football are taught on and off the field.
The Penn State Football Fantasy Camp Ladies Xs and Os Camp that debuted last year doubled in popularity with twice as many attendees, now numbering more than 80.
Pop Warner Super Bowl
Teams from Canada and Mexico joined 72 teams and more than 300 dance and cheer squads from across the United States for the International Friendship Bowl games at the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl.
Ritsumeikan Uji High School Visit To San Diego
San Diego welcomed a group of Japanese student athletes from Ritsumeikan Uji High School in Kyoto to Southern California for a fourth time as part of a unique visit through Global Football. The Japanese visitors improved their English language skills and increased their knowledge of American football under legendary former Torrey Pines High School head coach Ed Burke, while enjoying an educational and cultural experience. The visit included a chance to watch the San Diego Chargers and USC Trojans in action.