Yes, the long-awaited highlight is here. I apologize for the wait, it has been a busy summer! Something to Note – The film seems a little short because it was a gritty 17-7 battle with very little “sportscenter” plays to find. Also, our team’s camera batteries were very low in Africa so I couldn’t capture the entire 3rd quarter because it was charging. Nethertheless, I hope you enjoy the highlight film! Song is “Red Nation” by Game featuring Lil Wayne.
I thought this would be something cool to post as well. Above is a Teaser video created by Mountain Beach productions. This was made by the professional Video specialist who documented our trip. Word is that once the full thing is completed, it will be sent to Discovery Channel, Travel Channel & many Tanzanian outlets.
Video: Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb
This video highlights my group’s climb up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The songs are “Letting Go” by Lupe Fiasco, “Strong Will Continue” by Nas & Damian Marley, & “Dark Fantasy” by Kanye West.
Video: Africa Slide Show
Here’s a small slide show I made that quickly profiles our trip through the pictures I took. Song is “Slide Show” by T.I. Feat. John Legend
Hello and Greetings from Tanzania!!
We have moved to a new hotel that doesn’t offer free wi-fi
But i found a good deal but only got it for an hour at a price! So this will be a quick post!
Sights and Sounds from the Kili Bowl
*Game Highlight film will be posted after the Trip!!*
A great adventure with many great sights and lunch with the monkeys! Check it Out!
The Service Projects
What a life-changing experience. Each of us went to 6 different locations to build homes, schools, fields, etc… Here’s what my group experienced.
Will be posted tonight
A Sole Story…
Today we held our second day of Youth camps to the 500 children of Tanzania. During the Linebacker drills, I met a 16 year old boy named Barracka. He was one of the biggest 16 year olds I have ever seen…Which made me notice his large size of feet. When I was talking to him about his shoe size, he told me the struggles of trying to find shoes that actually fit him. He said that his shoes (Original size 14) were either 10′s or 17-18′s. Yet he has been running around playing sports with shoes that don’t even fit his foot. Right then and there, I asked for him to try on my shoe, “Perfect fit” he said. When I told him that he could keep them, he looked stunned. He couldn’t believe that I actually gave him my pair of Nike Running Shoes. If you know me — I LOVE shoes. So in my mind, I didn’t care about giving them away because 1. i know How terrible it is to not wear shoes the same size, and 2. I consider myself lucky to even have one pair of shoes so it was the least I could do.
Here’s a little funny video. Coach C asked me to welcome the boys and girls of Tanzania to the Youth Clinic. I got them pretty fired up!…Enjoy!
Video #2 – First Day in Africa & Youth Clinics
Another Video! This one’s a little longer and has got some great video footage. We’re having a blast so far!
The Day included organizing 500 Kids in a Youth Clinic and then visiting schools & orphanages.
Song is “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan feat. will.i.am & David Guetta
We’re only just beginning!!!
Video #1 – Traveling
Little video w/ music to give some visuals of our travel these past 2 days.
Music is “New World” by Nas, samples “Africa” by Toto.
Want to follow the action?
Now it’s off on our journey! Keep checking back!
Here’s a Thank You to those who have provided us with gifts!
The Trip is upon us!
We are now less than 48 hours away from departing Minneapolis to embark on our journey!!
- USA Today Article
- Des Moines Register Spread, 5/14/11
- Drake football going the distance for ‘Kili Bowl’ – Kitsap Sun
- Global Kilimanjaro Bowl Uses Social Media To Share Unique American Football Experiences In Tanzania, GoDrakeBulldogs.com
- Coming Sunday: Drake Athletes bring goodwill, football to africa. – Des Moines Register Blog
- Global Kilimanjaro Bowl (Part 1) – Andy Kossak, Examiner.com
- Part 2 – Kossak
- Tanzania Article “TTB bracing for first ever American footbal game”
- Tanzania Article pt. 2
- “TZ fans brace for rare” – The Citizen, Tanzania
IRIS in Iowa: Community Service
Some unfortunate news to give, I dislocated my shoulder during our Spring game 2 Saturday’s ago.
I thought I might be able to be healthy and ready to play in the Kilimanjaro Bowl, but that’s not the case
However, I still will be able to make the trip and climb. SO this means I will have more time to post on this blog!
I’ll have videos and photos of our practices, community service, game, and climb daily!
Keep checkin back in! 10 DAYS
Late pass on this one, but here’s the video I made along with Dan Clinton for the 2011 Athlete Talent Show at Drake. Unfortunately, the Football team did not win for the second straight year. This year, we even added a live dance on stage after the video (Not included).
Oh well…Next year I guess. Check it out though!
This week, our team finally had it’s biggest outburst of media sources about our trip.
Here’s what came out this Week
- We are featured in this month’s issue of ESPN The Magazine
- NBC 9 News Story (Colorado’s News Leader)
- The Sports Network
- Small Des Moines Register Piece
We are excited about our trip and hope the good word keeps on spreading!!!
Peace & Love,