A 60-something year-old University President from Iowa heading to Tanzania to attempt to climb 19,340 feet to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro?

That's me. David Maxwell, president of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

I will be accompanying members of the Drake University Football Team to Tanzania as part of the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl — the first collegiate game of American football to be played on the African continent.

As part of this experience we will engage in service projects — including building a wing on an orphanage for children of AIDS victims, building housing for teachers at a school outside of Moshi, clearing land for school playgrounds, and working with a local organization that serves orphaned street children.

We will cap the trip with a trip to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with our partners (and competitors) the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Clinics: Day 2

Another group of several hundred schoolchildren today at the clinics today. The sight of the Mexican and American players working together to teach Tanzanian kids how to play football is impossible to describe. I hope the pictures help!

This young woman has just backpedaled 10 yards and “intercepted” a pass.
Mexican/American/Tanzanian break
dancing and beat boxing.

Tanzania's Minister of Sport welcomes the Drake Football team.

Another morning full of smiles...

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