The price tag for the Tanzania trip is $4,000 per player. During the lift-a-thon, students will raise barbells to raise funds, hoisting weights representing every dollar pledged by friends, family, fans and community sponsors toward the cost of the trip.
“This trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime, life changing experience,” said defensive tackle Paddy O’Connell, a junior painting and entrepreneurial management double major from Orland Park, Ill. “Not only do we get to play the sport that we love in Africa, but we’ll be able to give back to kids who don’t have a lot.”
The entire team of more than 90 players will participate in the Lift-a-thon, with the hope of raising $300,000. More information on donation, including opportunities for businesses and the benefits of sponsorship, can be found online at https://wwww.drake.edu/globalbowl/.
The Global Kilimanjaro Bowl on May 21 in the city of Moshi, Tanzania, will be the first American collegiate football game ever held in Africa. The Bulldogs will play the CONADEIP All-Stars, a college team from Mexico. During the final six days of the trip, both teams will climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point on the continent of Africa at 19,298 feet.
The teams will not only compete on the football field, but also work together on numerous community service projects in and around the city of Moshi. These include conducting youth football clinics and building a much-needed addition at the Kitaa Hope Orphanage, which provides a home for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The projects are being planned and coordinated by the Iowa Resource for International Service, which has operated in Tanzania for many years to promote international understanding, development and peace.
More information about the Drake projects is available at http://www.iris-center.org/Volunteer_Projects.html.
“This is an experience of a lifetime for our young men,” Drake Head Football Coach Chris Creighton said. “This is more than just football — this is about seeing our world, experiencing our world and, most importantly, giving back to our world.”
Drake University is also developing a course so students can learn about Tanzania and work toward academic credit in conjunction with the trip.
Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb said the trip symbolizes a perfect alliance between Drake’s mission and values.
“The athletics department strives to provide opportunities that will facilitate leadership learning and prepare student-athletes to be responsible global citizens and champions of positive change,” Hatfield Clubb said. “This trip is a perfect coming together of those goals.”
Drake Football Lift-a-thon
What: Drake University football players will lift weights to raise funding for their May trip to Tanzania. The team will participate in the first American collegiate football game ever held in Africa, perform community service around the city of Moshi and summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
When: 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16
Where: Weight room, Drake Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave.
General Info: drakefootball.blogspot.com
Donation Info: https://wwww.drake.edu/globalbowl/