Tazon de Estrellas vs. Aztec Bowl
I realize you are in the middle of your season and working extremely hard each day to improve your team, so I simply hope you might take a few moments to read this note, so we can best honor and provide a unique opportunity for your top seniors. In 1997 Coach Ron Schipper of Central College, former AFCA President, asked me to join him in organizing a memorable post-season game and cultural experience for NCAA Division III seniors. I was happy to assist, reached out to my friends in Mexico, and since December 1997 have produced 18 annual games featuring over 900, worthy D3 ambassadors.
This game was originally called the ‘Aztec Bowl’ until 2008 when the Mexican league-ONEFA-morphed into two separate American football organizations, CONADEIP (private colleges) and ONEFA (public colleges). At that point we decided to work with CONADEIP due to their overall organization, financial support and quality of football teams. That same year the AFCA dropped their sponsorship of Team Stars & Stripes.
Since 2009 this game and educational experience has been called the ‘Tazon de Estrellas’, or Bowl of the Stars, causing some confusion among coaches and players.
Do not be confused – what Coach Schipper worked so diligently to create, what the AFCA supported for 11 years, what Coach Don DeWaard, John Roslien and I continue to produce along with the top private universities in Mexico, is the Tazon de Estrellas, or Bowl of the Stars.
Initial player invitations are going out now. If you would like to invite your player(s), please contact John Roslien and we will invite him to participate in this 8-day educational football experience in Mexico. We will be there for the 19th year this December, with some of the best NCAA Division III student athletes; hopefully your school will be represented.
All the best,
Director of Player Personnel and Daily Football Operations
Vice-President Global Football Foundation