When the Drake football team returned from its two-week trip to Tanzania last May, the most lasting impression for most on the journey was the impact of the service work they performed. Defeating an all-star team from Mexico in the first game of American football played in Africa was surely monumental. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was a conquest none will ever forget. But the work they did to build classrooms and construct additions to orphanages was most significant.
Even more gratifying is to see the lasting legacy of that service, and the way their contributions continue to grow into something of which they are quite proud.
Del Christensen, executive director of the Ames-based Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS), which coordinated many of the team's Tanzania service projects, recently provided images from the TEMA Village that show the finished classroom building started by the Bulldogs' players and coaches.
Thanks to Del and IRIS for their tremendous service, and for being terrific partners in making Drake's May 2011 journey to Africa so impactful!