Chris Creighton, right, poses with Juan Carlos Maya, who will lead the CONADEIP All-Star team during next year’s Global Kilimanjaro Bowl.
Drake University officials recently visited Mexico to explore academic partnerships in advance of the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl that will pit Drake against a Mexican all-star football team in Tanzania next year.
Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Head Football Coach Chris Creighton, Provost Michael Renner and Senior Counsel for International Initiatives Ron Troyer met with officials from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, on Nov. 19-20.
Tec de Monterrey and its weekend rival, Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP), will contribute players to the CONADEIP All-Stars team set to play Drake on May 21, 2011, in the first American collegiate football game on African soil.
Drake officials plan to use the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl as a springboard for collaboration with Tec de Monterrey and UDLAP. Drake and Tec de Monterrey are developing a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines future partnerships.
“Their mission is closely aligned with Drake’s, and they are fully accredited in the U.S. system as a voluntary international participant,” Renner said. “Many classes are taught in English, and there are opportunities for many types of partnerships, including faculty and student exchanges, research collaborations, conferences and joint curriculum development.”
While in Mexico, Hatfield Clubb and Creighton watched top-ranked UDLAP defeat Tec de Monterrey in a 17-10 finish. Many of the stars in the clash between UDLAP and Tec de Monterrey will be in opposition when the Bulldogs line up in Africa.
“It was a privilege to witness the first ever CONADEIP football championship,” Hatfield Clubb said. “I was impressed with the level of play, their commitment to collegiate athletics as well as their fan and public support.”
Coach Creighton was interviewed by ESPN about the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl during halftime along with CONADEIP President Eduardo Martinez.
“This trip will bring our teams together in a special way and has the potential to make a lasting impact on our player’s lives,” Creighton said. “The physical play in the championship game was impressive along with the CONADEIP players’ size and skill sets. Witnessing the game gave me much to think about and take back to the team.”
The historic Global Kilimanjaro Bowl — to be held in Moshi, Tanzania, under the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro — has garnered international attention and support.
Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, told the chairman of the Tanzania National Sports Council in a letter last week that he was happy to hear of the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl and vouched for the event’s organizer, Global Football.
“I am thrilled to know that your country of Tanzania will have the chance to view this great game,” Teaff told Col. Iddi Kipingu. “I am sure your people will find this to be a fast-moving, exciting game that they will find most interesting.”
The trip will begin on May 17 and — following two practices, a football clinic for local youth and a safari — the two teams will meet on the field May 21.
After the historic game, players from both Drake and the CONADEIP All-Stars will be doing community service projects in and around Moshi. The primary project will be working at the Kitaa Hope Orphanage in Moshi with children between 4 and 12 years old, while also constructing an addition to the orphanage. “¨”¨During the final phase of the trip, players and coaches from both teams plan to climb the imposing 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro — the tallest mountain in Africa. The teams will ascend Mount Kilimanjaro by different routes, culminating their climbs by meeting at the summit and hoisting their respective university and national flags.