The two football teams traveled to the country of Tanzania to play the first collegiate American football game ever on African soil! The game was held in Arusha, Tanzania.
Prior to the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the student-athletes hosted two days of youth sports clinics, where nearly 1,000 Tanzanian youth were taught the sport of “American football.” The children were also given their own American footballs to keep.
By the end of the three days of volunteering, the more than 150 athletes and coaches had built two new classrooms, one orphanage dormitory, repaired and painted classrooms in four schools, built four different recreational facilities (soccer, netball, volleyball and basketball), and planted more than 500 trees.
The project’s final component was for the teams to climb and summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, in a true display of international unity.
Initiated in 2007, WiN was a two-year professional exchange program made possible by a U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs open competition grant.
Titled “Responsible Citizenship: Strengthening the Role of Women in Nigeria,” the program consisted of six major components and emphasized building democracy and increasing public participation of women in the political and governing processes.
The project aimed to answer the question posed by former First Lady Laura Bush in Abuja, Nigeria, in January 2006: ‘How do we nurture the development of the next generation of women leaders in Africa and worldwide?’
Three groups of Iowa women and three groups of Nigerian women made the exchange during the course of the two-year project. In all, 12 women leaders from Iowa traveled to Africa, and 12 Nigerian women visited the U.S.
The program focused on Northern Nigeria, where there is more poverty, fewer educational opportunities, and more cultural and religious restrictions on women than in the South. Specific states covered in this project were Kaduna, Bauchi, Plateau, Sokoto, and Kebbi.
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