In May of 2011 the Drake University football team will travel to the country of Tanzania in Africa to play the very first American football game ever on the continent! The game will be held in Moshi, Tanzania, under the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro.Prior to the game, the team will spend time conducting Youth Football Clinics around the city of Moshi.Global Football, a Texas-based football events organization, is coordinating the football, marketing and international travel aspects of the tour. Global Football has produced football events in some 18 different nations since 1996, working with groups like the NFL, Notre Dame and Penn State.
After this historic event, the team will work for three days doing service projects in and around Moshi.The primary project will be working in an orphanage in Moshi called Kitaa Hope Orphanage http://www.kitaahopehome.org/#. The orphanage was founded in 2006 and relies on donations, the help of volunteers, and the local community to keep it running. The children that live there are between 4 and 12 years old and all have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS in the area.The team will spend time in the orphanage and will help physically construct a much needed addition.There are an estimated 1.5 million orphans in the country of Tanzania alone.
The final phase of the trip will be to climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro.Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the continent of Africa and stands 19,340 feet tall.The climb will take a total of six days.Sandy Hatfield Clubb, our Athletic Director has summited “Kili” and has arranged for a Tanzanian guide service to lead us up the mountain.
The Drake Football program is about more than winning football games in the fall each year.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 all about.We want to do something special with our lives.This trip allows for us to bring the game we love to a place and to a people who have never experienced it.This trip also provides a unique opportunity to serve those who are far less fortunate than we are and to hopefully make a positive difference.Finally, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as a team will be one of the greatest challenges we will ever face.
This trip will be an experience of a lifetime.The trip costs $4,000 a person.We are going to raise this money as a team this summer and fall.We need your help.On the following page we have outlined a fundraiser for our 2010 season.Your financial support will significantly affect Drake Football players’ lives and YOU will become a part of this important event in football history.
We also wanted you to know that Global Football is arranging trips for those interested in going to Tanzania to watch the game and spend time in Moshi and on safari.Please contact Patrick Steenberge at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Team goal is to make it possible for every team member to participate in this experience of a lifetime.During the 2010 season we need to raise the money for this trip.You can donate a flat amount or you can choose to donate a dollar amount per point scored or sack made this season.Last year we averaged 26 points a game and had 36 sacks for the season (approximately 322 total points/sacks).
Thank you so much for being such an integral part of this trip. Please click on the link below to make a pledge today!