In 2015, Global Football again featured Europe and Mexico among its preferred destinations, taking traveling American football teams to some of our favorite cities, and to countries welcoming our explorers for the first time.
We took our intrepid travelers, all eager to learn about and experience new cultures to Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway and Scotland, while also welcoming international visitors to play football and observe coaching methods in the United States.
The month of May was busy time with Hanover College from Indiana heading to Ireland and then to Scotland, where they played the nation’s top club team the East Kilbride Pirates, Central College traveled from Iowa to Greece and Italy, and as we edged into June, Luther College traveled to Denmark and Norway.
Our Team Stars & Stripes high school select team enjoyed a wonderful time in Italy in April, where they took on the Lazio Marines in the eighth annual Global Bowl Italy, while discovering the sights of Rome, Florence and Tuscany.
And to aid development of the game around the world, a unique equipment initiative 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.
Two events that have become a staple of the Global Football calendar rounded off the year nicely in December.
Youth players from Canada, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates enjoyed a wonderful week at Disney and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in the International Bowl at the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
“This was one of the most exciting tournaments we have held at the Pop Warner Super Bowl and the standard of international competition intensifies every year,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. “Canada are worthy champions, and all the other teams provided us with plenty of memorable moments as well.”
The Tazón de Estrellas En Baja featured a group of graduating NCAA Division III seniors lining up as Team Stars & Stripes against the home team CONADEIP All-Stars in Mexico. The Americans won 15-14 on a thrilling two-point conversion as time expired to take a 4-3 lead in the seven-year series.
Young children from the Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus orphanage visited with the team in the CETYS University gym after the day’s second practice and as photos that captured the event show, everyone had a wonderful time in the local community.
Global Football teamed up with NCAA Division III college partners to give American football coaches around the world an opportunity to travel to the United States and enhance their coaching skills on the gridiron in the Global Football ICE Program.
And if you’d like to read about one of our greatest adventures ever from a few years ago, please buy a copy of Tupande Kileleni – the inspirational story of the organizing of the 2011 Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, as told by Global Football President Patrick Steenberge, which hit the bookstores in 2015.
It can now be purchased online from the world’s number one online retailer Amazon.com and in store and online from Barnes & Noble, the largest retail bookseller in the United States.