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Drake University And CONADEIP All-Stars Pick Up Tools And Build Foundations To Benefit Moshi Youngsters

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Release: May 25, 2011
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Drake University President Dr. David Maxwell and players building wall at Bridge Nursery School, Moshi, Tanzania
Courtesy: Global Football

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

MOSHI, TANZANIA--Three days after playing in the first game of American football on the African continent, and on the eve of climbing the famous Mount Kilimanjaro, the players and coaches of Drake University and the CONADEIP All-Stars continued to give back to the local Moshi community.

More than 150 members of the traveling parties for the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, presented by TANAPA, have volunteered three days of their time to benefit service projects in the Tanzanian city.

The Drake Bulldogs won the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, presented by TANAPA, with a 17-7 fourth-quarter comeback in front of 11,781 curious but enthusiastic Tanzania spectators at the Sheik Amri Abedi Memorial Stadium.  

Today two separate groups will travel to Mount Kilimanjaro to begin the five-day 'Tupande Kileleni' - 'Lets Climb to the Summit' and then descend in two days.  The CONADEIP All-Stars group will leave on the Machame route on the western slope with Global Football President Patrick Steenberge.  The Drake University group will leave on the Rongai route on the northeast side and the two groups plan to meet at the summit.

**Additional Online Resources--Go Inside The Journey:
Drake President Dr. David Maxwell's blog  |  Drake Players' blogs for the Des Moines Register
Drake AD Sandy Hatfield Clubb's Twitter  |  Global Football's Twitter
Drake Football Facebook  |  Kilimanjaro Bowl Facebook
Global Football's YouTube Channel  |  Drake Player Cam Good's video blog
E.J. Walter's blog for the National Football Foundation's website

Among the 11 schools and orphanages visited by the Americans and Mexicans, the Bridge Nursery School now has the brickwork for a new classroom as part of renovations aimed at allowing the school to accommodate 210 primary and 150 kindergarten students.  Student-athletes from the United States and Mexico worked together to construct concrete breezeblock and brick walls so that windows, doorframes and a roof can now be added.

"Ultimately, this is what this trip is about," said Drake University president David Maxwell after applying mortar to the bricks set by Drake players.  "The game was important and we were delighted to join the Mexican team and play this historic game, but to be of service and widen the world is what this is all about.

"The Drake mission statement talks about preparing our students for global citizenship and we are meeting that goal here.  For all involved, this has been a life-changing experience.

"The walls of this building had three rows completed yesterday and we added a further six and it is now ready to have a roof put on top.  This group has got an awful lot of work done in six hours."

While the players handled the construction work, Global Football team members John Roslien (team coordinator), Mike Carlson (game broadcaster) and Michael Preston (media director) helped elementary school children Chris, David, Levi, Helga and Karen with their math and English class studies.

Drake University head coach Chris Creighton headed up a team charged with painting the internal and external walls of a wing at Mwenzi Secondary School in Moshi.  He and seven players then visited the International School in Moshi to join in a game of flag football.  Staff also distributed footballs supplied by Global Football to the various service project sites.

Orchestrated by IRIS (Iowa Resource for International Service), the 11 initiatives range from building construction to painting.  Those taking part also have an opportunity to enjoy a day on safari at the Tarangirie National Park as a benefit of the TANAPA presenting sponsorship of the event.

Notes: Mount Kilimanjaro was clearly visible from team hotels in Moshi as the clouds lifted before sunset on Tuesday... There is snow visible on the mountain awaiting the climbers... Team Global 1, Mwenzi Secondary School varsity soccer 2: in a break from painting duties, a team of Global Football staff, IRIS staff and Drake players lost narrowly to the home team as media director Michael Preston scored the visitors' goal with a 20-yard free kick.

Event contact: Patrick Steenberge Patrick@GlobalFootball.com (011-255) (0) 762 379-437

Media contact:  Michael Preston  MP@MPrestonSports.com  (011-255) (0) 757 894-392

About Global Football: Headed by President Patrick Steenberge, a former Notre Dame quarterback and high school All-American at Erie Cathedral Prep.  During the past 14 years, Global Football has produced football games in 19 nations in North and Central American, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Working partners include NFL, NFL Super Bowl Host Committees, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Notre Dame, Penn State, Pop Warner, USA Football, and numerous Division III colleges as well as National Football Federations worldwide.  www.globalfootball.com.

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