Monday, May 16, 2011
DES MOINES, IOWA--The Drake football team departs May 17, 2011, on its once-in-a-lifetime journey to play the first organized American football game on African continent. The May 21 game vs. an all-star team from Mexico's CONADEIP Conference serves as the centerpiece for the numerous life-changing events that will take place. Kickoff is set for 1:15 p.m. local time (5:15 a.m. CT) in Arusha, Tanzania.
"The Drake football program is about more than winning games," said Head Coach Chris Creighton. "Our program's vision is to make playing football at Drake one of the most incredible experiences of our lives. This trip exemplifies who we are and what we are about. We want to do something special with our lives."
Drake's players and coaches will conduct clinics for more than 1,000 kids, build additions onto orphanages and schools and perform other service projects. Accompanied by Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb and President David Maxwell they also will climb 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro.
THE GAME: Kickoff is set for 1:15 p.m. local time (5:15 a.m. CT) at 20,000-capacity Sheik Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in the city of Arusha in Tanzania.
TELEVISION: The game will be broadcast live across the African continent by ITV, the largest private television network in Tanzania, and beamed to parts of Europe, Asia and Australia. Mike Carlson will call the play-by-play. No live carriage was able to be arranged in the United States, but satellite coordinates for television stations to access footage are as follows:
Satellite: IS 906; West Hemi Beam (red contour-left lobe); ITV Receive Parameter Sat position: 64deg E; Downlink Frequency: 3643; Transponder: 10/10; Polarization: R Circular RH Circular; Symbol rate: 8545; FEC: 2/3; Compression: MPEG 2. Media with questions regarding the satellite feed may contact Michael Preston MP@MPrestonSports.com. Direct number in Tanzania: (011-255) (0) 757 894-392 / U.S. number: (781) 363-0305.
GAME OFFICIALS: The "Kili Bowl" will be officiated by an accomplished crew, it was announced March 14. Veteran Big 10 official Bill LeMonnier, who refereed the 2011 BCS National Championship Game between Auburn and Oregon in Glendale, Ariz., will serve as referee. The rest of the officiating crew includes Umpire Chris Fivek, Head Linesman Todd Desmond, Line Judge Mark Armstrong, Side Judge Jeff Holter, Back Judge Mario Matos and Field Judge Alexander Zarganis.
ONLINE/SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Websites and social media will provide stories, pictures and video from Drake's two-week journey to Tanzania. According to Kilimanjaro Bowl organizers, connectivity should be sufficient to allow internet access for the transmission of email and text messages up to and including the team's climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Between official Kilimanjaro Bowl accounts, Drake Athletics, Drake University, local media and players' blogs/websites, the opportunity exists for friends, family and fans to follow the team on its journey.
Official Website: www.kilibowl.com
Drake Athletics Website: www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com
Drake University Website-Kilimanjaro Bowl Section: www.Drake.edu/kilimanjaro
Drake President David Maxwell's Blog (www.dupeakpeformance.blogspot.com.)
Drake Football Players' Blog (E.J. Walter, Cam Good, Jim Nelson, Denzel Ray, Patrick Cashmore): www.DrakeFootball.Blogspot.com
Des Moines Register Blogs-Drake Football in Africa (Avery Fuhs, Naser Hannoon, E.J. Walter) http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/category/sports/drake-africa
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DrakeFootball, www.facebook.com/globalkilibowl, www.facebook.com/IRISinIowa.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GlobalSportsGuy, www.twitter.com/DUBulldogs
National Football Foundation blog by E.J. Walter: www.footballfoundation.org/nff/community/blogs
Cam Good’s Website: www.CamGoodVideo.com
ABOUT CONADEIP: The CONADEIP All-Stars are a select group of student-athletes from eight Mexican institutions of higher learning: Universidad de las Américas Puebla; Universidad Regiomontana; and Tecnológico de Monterrey campuses in Puebla, Santa Fe, Toluca, Monterrey, Estado de México and Ciudad de México. Founded in 1977, the National Commission Collegiate Athletics of Private Institutions (CONADEIP)-is composed of 128 private schools and universities throughout 16 states in Mexico.
CONADEIP added American football to its list of conference sports in 2010, with eight teams participating in the newly formed Premier League. Participation is expected to increase to 20 teams next year. Prior to 2010, CONADEIP's eight inaugural football teams participated in the National Student Organization of American Football (ONEFA). Tec de Monterrey's campus in Monterrey dominated that league with five consecutive championships from 2004 to 2008
2011 DRAKE SPRING GAME (APRIL 23): QB Mike Piatkowski (Wheaton, Ill.) completed 11 of 18 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, to lead the Blue squad to a 45-21 victory in the annual Blue vs. White Scrimmage at Drake Stadium on Saturday, April 23.
Led by a core of experienced starters, the Blue team scored on its first possession after a 67-yard opening kickoff return by wide receiver Brett Seeger (Barrington, Ill.) staked the unit with good field position at the White 15-yard line. Piatkowski connected with fellow senior-to-be Drew Blackmon (Florissant, Mo.) on the third play of the possession for a 15-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Piatkowski's unit converted its next possession into a 29-yard field goal by Billy Janssen (Round Lake Beach, Ill.). The Piatkowski-to-Blackmon connection returned on the third possession for a 19-yard completion for a first down at the White 13-yard line. Piatkowski then found Seeger on a 13-yard scoring pass to extend the lead.
"Things were opening up and we were clicking together offensively," Piatkowski said. "We've had a great spring and the O-line did great giving us time to throw the ball."
DRAKE FOOTBALL STORYLINES FOR 2011:
- A major theme throughout winter conditioning and spring practice was "Finish." Drake in 2010 lost just two conference games, both on the road to Pioneer Football League co-champions Dayton and Jacksonville. Each was decided in the final minutes with the Bulldogs in position to win.
- The Theme for the 2011 season is "Tupande Kileleni," a Swahili phrase that translates to "Let's Climb To The Summit."
- The Bulldogs feature a strong class of seniors and fifth-year seniors who provide leadership, direction and tone for the team.
- Drake returns 10 starters on offense and seven on defense
- The Bulldogs boast eight returning starters who earned All-PFL honors in 2010:
Second Team: LG Steven Flynn (Davenport, Iowa), CB Michael Lahart (Chariton, Iowa)
FUNDRAISING: Drake's student-athletes have been instrumental in the fundraising for this trip, for which each is responsible for raising an average of $4,000 toward the total cost of the trip. Among other fundraising efforts the team held a weightlifting Lift-A-Thon on January 16 that raised $104,000, nearly one-third the needed total to fully fund the trip. Some players conducted local fundraisers in their hometowns throughout the year and over spring break.
"The journey began a long time ago and it has just been awesome already," Creighton said. "The way our team has come together, people have supported us. There have been challenges; it took seven months to find an opponent. The fact that it has all come together is just phenomenal, and I'm appreciative of all the people who have come together to make this happen."
DR. RICHARD LAPCHICK ADDRESSES DRAKE FOOTBALL TEAM: On the evening of Tuesday, May 10, 2011, internationally recognized expert on sports and ethical issues Dr. Richard Lapchick addressed the team with a speech about the power they have to impact people through sport. Regarded as the "social conscience of sports," Lapchick serves as president of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports; director of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida and the director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. He is the author of numerous books, including "Smashing Barriers: Race and Sport in the New Millennium" and "New Game for College Sport."
His vast experience in the global arena puts unparalleled authenticity behind the message he delivered to Drake's players and coaches about sport as a way to communicate about social issues.
"What you're doing in the next couple weeks is a phenomenal thing," Lapchick explained to the group assembled in the Bulldog Theater inside Drake's Olmsted Center. "It's unprecedented and I hope it sets in for you how unprecedented it is."
"I've been involved in using sports to promote social change for four decades," Lapchick continued, "and I can say sincerely that what you're about to do is one of the most important things that I've seen in those four decades. You will literally not be the same people when you come back."
KILIMANJARO BOWL SERVICE PROJECTS: The Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, organized in conjunction with Texas-based Global Football under the direction of Patrick Steenberge, offers the Drake University Bulldogs and CONADEIP All-Stars an unprecedented opportunity to leverage collegiate athletics to benefit the people of Tanzania. While in Africa, student-athletes from the United States and Mexico will work to build and repair schools and orphanages in and around the villages of Moshi and Arusha. Iowa Resource for International Service, known as IRIS, is coordinating the service projects. For more information, please visit the IRIS website: www.iris-center.org/Volunteer_Projects.html
Steve Meyer of Sioux City, Iowa, will serve as medical director for the Kili Bowl. Players will visit the orphanage funded by his charity group, Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries, and the hospitals where he works in Arusha and on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The student-athletes have also raising money to build fresh water wells in the village of Sokoine, where members of all 885 households spend approximately seven hours a day walking to and from the closest fresh water source.
"These volunteer projects will give the student-athletes a chance to get out of the city of Arusha and experience Tanzanian culture firsthand in the village of Moshi," says IRIS Executive Director Del Christensen. "With more than 100 able-bodied young men from Drake and CONADEIP, we are sure to make a lasting impact not only on the ground but also in the hearts of all involved."
- Build a girls' dormitory at Kitaa Hope Orphanage, home of 4- to 12-year-olds orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS.
- Interact with children at Mkombozi Centre for Street Children, which offers literacy, health and human rights education.
- Repair buildings, clean grounds and assist with gardening at Safe Haven Orphanage, which houses 45 orphans and has the capacity to take in up to 80.
- Install window shutters, build a new room for a nursery and interact with students at Shaurimoyo Primary School for the Disabled, where children with disabilities receive support.
- Build a teacher's residence at Tema Secondary School. Teachers currently must walk to the school, which is located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Build a new classroom at Bridge Nursery School, which currently has two teachers and 11 pupils aged 3 to 5 years old. Students learn mathematics, art, singing, stories and games.
- Repair walls and paint three dilapidated classrooms at Mawenzi Secondary School, one of many high schools in Moshi.
"I truly believe the service projects will be the best part of the entire trip, for a lot of reasons," said head coach Chris Creighton. "We're all people, but when you're in a different culture and people do things differently, it has a chance to rock your world. It's hard to appreciate who you are and what you have--and what you don't have--until you see people who have more of some things you don't have, and might have less of some things than you have."
FORMER NOTRE DAME RB REGGIE BROOKS TO HELP TEACH YOUTH CLINICS: Teaching American football to children who have never experienced the game may be a complex task, but student-athletes from Drake and the CONADEIP Conference will have expert assistance when they introduce the game to more than 1,000 Tanzanian youths May 19 and 20.
Former NFL draft pick and University of Notre Dame running back Reggie Brooks, whose name still appears frequently in his alma mater's record books, is eager to join the Drake Bulldogs and CONADEIP All-Stars for American football clinics in Moshi and Arusha. He also will be among the studio guests for the live telecast of the Kili Bowl.
"The opportunity to take the sport I have played and been involved with my entire life to a new country is very special, and I was honored to be asked to travel to Tanzania," says Brooks, Notre Dame's manager for the Monogram Club and football alumni relations. "I am excited to experience a new culture and to see how the young people of Arusha react to passing, catching and running with a football."
Brooks played under former Fighting Irish head coach Lou Holtz from 1989-92. He was a second-team All-American and finished fifth in the 1992 Heisman Trophy voting. Brooks played four seasons in the NFL, predominantly in Washington (1993-95), after the Redskins drafted him in the second round in 1993. Even with such skilled teachers, it is anyone's guess as to how Tanzanian children will respond to the game's unfamiliar rules and elongated ball. Drake's football players smile just thinking about it.
"The children of Moshi are familiar only with soccer, so it will be quite interesting to see what they make of football," said Pat Cashmore, senior running back from Kansas City, Mo. "I think the kids will have one of the best days ever with our team."
DRAKE ACADEMIC COURSE PREPARES STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR TRIP: Drake's football players are taking advantage of an opportunity to earn academic credit by completing an interdisciplinary course associated with the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl. "Leading with Emotional Intelligence: The Tanzanian Experience" teaches students to understand and manage their emotions in order to be stronger leaders. The course enhances the growth of students as responsible global citizens by immersing them in Tanzanian culture and fostering collaboration with the CONADEIP team. Students will keep a journal of their experiences.
Prior to leaving the U.S., course participants studied and assessed their own use of 14 components of emotional leadership. Students engage in guided reflection before, during and after the trip. They helped to plan the youth football clinics for Tanzanian youths and worked together to prepare for the challenging climb to the summit of the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
After the trip, students are required to provide a written or audio/visual piece that demonstrates what they have learned. Deb Bishop, associate professor of practice in management and international business, is co-teaching the course with Tom Westbrook, professor of education.
"Our goal is to link learning with experience in a more formal sense," Westbrook said. "We will enable our students to have a much deeper, personalized sense of leadership and of themselves as leaders."
KILIMANJARO BOWL ITINERARY:
Tuesday, May 17 Depart Minneapolis (leave Des Moines 8:30 a.m.)
Wednesday, May 18 Arrive Amsterdam / Depart Amsterdam
7:45 pm Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
8:30 pm Transport JRO to The Arusha Hotel
Thursday, May 19
9:00 am Practice at Target Game Trackers Facility
11:30 am Youth Clinic/Team photos with youth
1:30 pm Press Conference (Coach Creighton, Michael Lahart)
9:00 pm Team Meeting
Friday, May 20
9:00 am Practice at Target Game Trackers Facility
11:30 am Youth Clinic/Team photos with youth
9:00 pm Team Meeting
Saturday, May 21
10:00 am Team Meetings/(dress for game, carry pads/helmet)
11:30 am Team warm-ups
1:00 pm Pre-game ceremonies, national anthems
1:15 pm Kickoff Global Kilimanjaro Bowl
4:00 pm Postgame photos, awards
6:00 pm Awards Banquet outside at The Arusha Hotel
Sunday, May 22
8:30 am Depart for Moshi
Safari Group #1 departs for Tarangire National Park
10:00 am Arrive Moshi hotel
10:30 am Transport to orphanages and schools for service work
4:00 pm Safari Group #1 departs Tarangire N.P.
7:00 pm Return to hotel; check-in
Monday, May 23
6:00 am Safari Group #2 departs for Tarangire
8:00 am Transport to orphanages and schools for service work
4:00 pm Safari group #2 departs Tarangire
7:00 pm Return to hotel
8:30 pm Team meeting
Tuesday, May 24
6:00 am Safari Group #3 departs for Tarangire
8:00 am Transport to orphanages and schools for service work
4:00 pm Safari group #3 departs Tarangire
7:00 pm Return to hotel
8:30 pm Team meeting/Mt. Kilimanjaro climb presentation
Pack gear for Kili!
Wednesday, May 25
9:00 am Transport to Mt. Kilimanjaro trailhead
Injured players/non-climbers to Tent Safari
Thurs.-Sun., May 26-29 Kili Climb
Sunday, May 29 Sunrise, Kili Summit! 19,340' Uhuru Peak
Monday, May 30 Pickup and transfer from trailhead to Moshi
2:00 pm Lunch and goodbyes with CONADEIP
4:00 pm Transport to Arusha/Tent Safari group to Arusha
Tuesday, May 31
9:00 am Team Meeting
10:00 am Transport to Cultural Heritage Center
3:00 pm Return to Hotel; stop at Alley Market
5:00 pm Transport to JRO for flight home
8:50 pm Flight home!
Wednesday, June 1 Arrive Minneapolis, Bus to Des Moines
HEAD COACH CHRIS CREIGHTON: Drake football enters its fourth season under the direction of head coach Chris Creighton, who has compiled a 21-12 record over his first three years, including victories in 19 of the Bulldogs' last 27 contests.
- Creighton was named a 2011 winner of the Giant Steps Award presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports as part of National Student-Athlete Day on April 6, 2011. Creighton, awarded for the Coaching category, was one of just five 2011 winners of the Giant Steps Award, given annually to individuals who use sport to positively affect social change, actualizing the mission of the NCAS. The awards honor student-athletes, athletic administrators, civic leaders, coaches, parents, organizations, and other individuals who demonstrate an outstanding ability to manage life on and off the field, and who demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of society.
- Ranked 36th in winning percentage (.762) among active college coaches at all levels, Creighton has fashioned a 116-36 record in 14 seasons as a head coach.
- His Wabash teams won North Coast Athletic Conference titles in four of his seven seasons at the Division III school in Crawfordsville, Ind.
- In four seasons at Ottawa (Kansas) his teams won two Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference titles (1997, 2000), its first two since 1972.
- An All-America quarterback at Kenyon (Ohio) College, Creighton led the school to its only North Coast Athletic Conference title in 1989 and was named conference player of the year. He was inducted into the Kenyon College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Creighton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 and a master's degree from Concordia (Ill.) University in 1993.
- Creighton was hired Dec. 22, 2007, as the 25th head coach in the history of Drake football.
Drake Univ. 2008-present 21-12 (.636)
Wabash College 2001-07 63-15 (.808)
Ottawa (Kansas) Univ. 1997-2000 32-9 (.780)
Totals 14 seasons 116-36 (.762)
NOTES FROM THE OFFSEASON:
Brian Ward was named defensive coordinator at Drake in February. He was defensive backs coach at North Dakota State the past two years after three seasons as head coach at his alma mater McPherson College. He has coached previously under Chris Creighton at Wabash College (2001-04).
- Drake Asst. H.C./Special Teams Coordinator Rick Fox was named Football Championship Subdivision Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
- Eight Drake players were named to the 18th annual Academic All-PFL teams. 1st teamers: T Evan Lawrence, DB Michael Lahart, and LB Tyler Moorehead. 2nd teamers: RB Patrick Cashmore, OL Andrew Keller, J-Back Steve Platek, LB Ben Morrison and K Billy Janssen.
- The Bulldogs landed 13 players on All-PFL lists for 2010, including first-teamers DE Dain Taylor, J-Back Steve Platek, T Evan Lawrence and LB Tyler Moorehead.
- DE Dain Taylor was named to the Football Coaches Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team, and second-team FCS All-America by the AP.
- J-Back Steve Platek was named to Phil Steele's Postseason FCS All-American Fourth Team.
- Former Drake PK Billy Cundiff (1998-01) was named to the AFC roster for the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl.
- Former Drake player and assistant coach Dave Doeren was named head coach at Northern Illinois.
2010 PIONEER FOOTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS:
Dayton, 8-0 / 10-1
Jacksonville, 8-0 / 10-1
Drake, 6-2 / 7-4
San Diego, 5-3 / 5-6
Morehead St., 4-4 / 5-6
Davidson, 3-5 / 3-8
Butler, 2-6 / 4-7
Campbell, 2-6 / 3-8
Marist, 2-6 / 3-8
Valparaiso, 0-8 / 0-11
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