From Global Football to the NFL
ACC Defensive Player of the Year Bjoern Werner was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft (24th overall) by the Indianapolis Colts. Werner came to the United States through the International Student Program, an initiative created and operated by Global Football in 2006.
Having dominated for two years at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, the former star of his hometown Berlin Adler club team started as a true freshman, sophomore and junior at Florida State before forgoing his senior year.
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“Without the International Student Program I wouldn’t be here,” said Werner. “I’m really sad they closed it, but a big goal after my career is to open something like that and get it going. Without Coach Adamson and Patrick Steenberge and Mike Preston, I wouldn’t be here. There’s so many people who gave me opportunities and I thank them all.”
Team Stars & Stripes, featuring 52 seniors from 27 Division III schools across the United States beat the CONADEIP All-Stars 29-7 to win the fifth annual Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) at the 36,000-capacity Estadio Tecnológico on the Tec de Monterrey campus
Annual spring tours
Five 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 18th 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.
Augustana College – France
Augustana College defeated the French national team 20-13 in front of 7,000 eager American football fans at the Stadium Lille Métropole in Villeneuve d’Ascq. The Vikings faced a French side team comprised of the best adult players from across the country who play in the country’s strong and developing amateur league, as part of a week-long cultural visit to France.
While in France the Vikings group enjoyed a chance to visit Monet’s house and the D-Day invasion beaches in Normandy, before moving on to Bayeux, Lille and Paris. Once in the capital city, they saw the Chateau de Compiegne, the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles and set sail on a river cruise of the Seine.
The Elmhurst College Bluejays eased to a 74-0 exhibition game win over Italian club team Legio Roma XIII to win the Roma Bowl.
As part of their European visit with Global Football, the Bluejays took in the sights of Athens before boarding a cruise to the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii and then sightseeing in Rome. The players and coached joined the Legio team for a joint practice and coaching clinic the day before they met in the exhibition game.
Illinois Wesleyan – Finland & Sweden
The Titans posted a 33-0 exhibition game win over the Finland National Team at Sonera Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.
IWU adopted the spring slogan “Suunnitelma alkaa tästä”, which translates in Finnish to “The Plan Starts Here.” After playing the game and spending four days in Helsinki, the traveling group took an overnight ferry to spend four days in Stockholm, Sweden,
Ohio Northern University – Ireland
While in Ireland, ONU took in a Dublin city tour, visited the historic 82,000-seat Croke Park Stadium, the GAA museum and the Guinness Storehouse. They will also visited Trim Castle in nearby County Meath, with a special lunch at the Knightsbrook Hotel and traveled to the Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.
Wabash College – Panama
The group visited the old Spanish fortification on the Caribbean coast east of Panama City and the countryside that is lush with tropical foliage, green mountains and lakes. The traveling party enjoyed outdoor activities such as jungle canopy tours and a boat ride to Monkey Island. They visited the ruins of the first city of Panama, embarked on a canoe ride through the Chagres River in Chagres National Park and visited the Panama Canal before relaxing at an all-inclusive resort on a sandy beach fronting the Pacific Ocean.
Global Bowl – Italy
Team Stars & Stripes, made up of 39 student athletes from 10 different high schools across six states, fired 67 points against the Italian Under-19 National Team to win the Global Bowl Torino played at Primo Nebiolo Stadium.
Kicker Anthony Bagliano, who was born with a condition known as Holt-Oram syndrome and despite having virtually no arms and enduring multiple heart conditions, kicked a 17-yard field goal for Team Stars & Stripes and also kicked off for Italy to start the game.
While in Italy, the traveling group visited the Florence Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel while in Rome and Florence.
Pop Warner Super Bowl
A record number of eight international teams from Canada, Mexico and Panama participated in the unlimited weight Midget in the International Bowl games at the Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Florida alongside 64 teams and more than 400 dance and cheer squads from across the United States.
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 sixth 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.