Collin will play the Italian U19 team on Saturday in the Varese area just east of Lake Como at 3:00 pm their time, 7:00 am our time. I'm including the link if anyone is interested in watching the match-up.
This is the link where all the people/parents in the USA could see the match of April 7th in Varese
Collin Kindall from Cambridge High School will represent the United States as part of the American Football Worldwide ELITE select team that will travel to Italy for a week of educational touring, serving as ambassadors for American football and culminating the week participating in an international game against the national 19U team of Italy. The game will take place at the Franco Ossolo Sports Center in Varese, east of Milan, on April 7, 2018.
American Football Worldwide’s ELITE team is built from recommendations and nominations from high school coaches and the NCSA (Next College Student Athlete) recruiting service. The US representative roster has representation from every region of the United States with over sixteen states represented.
A team of twenty-seven ambitious and adventurous high school football players met in Rome on Easter Sunday, April 1st. During the week the team will practice daily, typically in the early morning, with the remainder of the day invested in educational touring of many of the historical and cultural highlights of Italy. Several parents and family members will also join the tour party for a highly memorable experience in one of the world’s most historically fascinating countries.
The team and tour party will travel from Rome in central Italy to the tip of Lake Como just north of Milan. During the week the players, who will be joined by some family members and fans, will tour many of the historical icons of Italy including the Roman Coliseum and Forum, the piazzas of Rome, Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, Sienna, Florence, Cinque Terra and Milan. Looking forward to the tour, Barnes commented, “Observing these young men grow from the unique education that only international travel can offer will once again be the most rewarding aspect of the tour. Each day will present several special learning opportunities. This is a tremendous experience for a student to have before going on to the collegiate level. To culminate the week playing a game of American football at the international level representing the USA will be an unforgettable thrill.”
Kindall is a defensive end, running back, and kicker from Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Idaho.
AFW President Jim Barnes commented, “Observing these young men grow from the unique education that only international travel can offer will once again be the most rewarding aspect of the tour. Each day will hold special life-expanding experiences for these young men who have a bigger vision for their future.”
Intermixed with the immense educational value of the trip, these student-athletes will look to come together as a team in one week’s time learning new terminology and football schemes as well as putting together a formidable game plan for their Italian hosts. “Meeting one another for the first time and installing a well-coordinated game plan in all phases of football in less than a week will be a formidable challenge,” said AFW Head Coach Jim Barnes. “However, from the research we have done our staff is very excited about the potential for this team.”
This game will be the 8th contest between AFW ELITE and American football teams in Europe. In March of 2013 and 2014 AFW ELITE traveled to France for a similar educational and cultural tour defeating the French national U19 team on two occasions. The past three years AFW ELITE accepted an invitation from the Italian Federation of American Football earning victories each year over the Italian national U19 team. Last year AFW ELITE pulled away from the Irish National U20 team with a 53-6 win in the inaugural contest with their second contest scheduled for Saturday, March 31st 2018 in Navan, Ireland northwest of Dublin.
For more information contact:
Jim Barnes: Telephone: 309-781-7274 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org