The annual Tazón De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) featuring a Global Football-organized Team Stars & Stripes squad of select NCAA Division III student-athletes will be hosted for the second year running by CETYS University in Mexicali, Mexico.
The success and popularity of the 2015 event has led to the game against the CONADEIP All-Stars representing Mexico’s private universities being played in the main Mexicali campus at the renovated Zorros Stadium on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
Team Stars & Stripes will be led for a fifth time by head coach Don DeWaard, a former defensive coordinator with Central College (Iowa). His bold two point conversion call on the game’s final possession earned a 15-14 win at the Margarita Astiazrán de Fimbres Stadium on the CETYS Tijuana campus last December. Team Stars & Stripes now leads the Tazón de Estrellas series 4-3 and DeWaard holds a 3-1 record.
“We were so impressed with the professionalism exhibited by the CETYS University people last year that we are thrilled to return, this time on their main campus in Mexicali,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. “This will be the nineteenth year that we will bring top NCAA D-III seniors to Mexico to compete, experience, and serve with our friends in Mexico, especially those representing CONADEIP. We are ready for another fantastic week and highly competitive game.”
Division III coaches who believe they have graduating college seniors deserving of an opportunity to represent their school and country in Mexico may nominate athletes for Team Stars & Stripes. Nominations should be sent to Director of Player Personnel & Football Operations John Roslien: RoslienJ@central.edu.
“It is something you will always remember, so definitely, if you get the opportunity, take part in it,” advised former NFL running back Fred Jackson of his 2002 experience when he was the game’s MVP. “We played against the national champion team mixed with other all-star players. It was a really good team. I remember how crazy the crowd was and the great team camaraderie.”
Zorros Stadium will feature brand new grass turf, a new drainage and watering system, and will not be played on before the Tazón de Estrellas game and practices. The main grandstand will be totally new, with seating for 2,000 fans, with an option to add bleachers to increase capacity. The press box is being renovated and a new electronic scoreboard installed along with new stadium lighting.
There is no event or personal experience that can rival the Tazón de Estrellas, produced exclusively for NCAA Division III student-athletes eager to travel to face the best college football all-stars from south of the border and to enjoy a full week in Mexico.
This is NOT the ‘Aztec Bowl’ game being offered to all college players of any ability. Tazon de Estrellas is a full week of practices and game vs. a quality opponent. This a true American football game played using NCAA rules and not special all-star rules. With its history the 1997-2007 Aztec Bowl games were organized by Global Football, in partnership with the Mexican Universities League. Since 2009 the Mexico CONADEIP Conference has been the working partner with Global Football for the annual Tazón de Estrellas.
The Tazón de Estrellas is the focal point for the Global Football Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit initiative, which assists athletes in meeting the expenses associated with traveling overseas to realize their dreams of competing against other American football enthusiasts and experiencing different cultures. The foundation allows potential benefactors to make charitable donations to offset costs that might otherwise prevent the student athletes from undertaking the trip of a lifetime. To inquire about making a donation to the Global Football Foundation to assist student-athletes, please contact Patrick Steenberge at Patrick@GlobalFootball.com or 817-219-7274.