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Drake's Spring Season Will Conclude With Youth Day and Spring Game
The Drake football team will hold its annual Blue & White Game on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. at Drake Stadium. The game is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to make donations to help fund the service projects the Bulldogs’ players and coaches will undertake on their trip to Africa next month. Drake’s spring game concludes the team’s 15-practice spring session, and will run approximately 90 minutes. The concessions offerings include a postgame barbecue.
YOUTH DAY: The team also will host its fourth annual Youth Day on Friday, April 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., inside the stadium, for kids in grades 2-5. This event, introduced by Head Coach Chris Creighton when he arrived at Drake in 2008, is designed to give area children an opportunity to visit with the Bulldogs’ players while enjoying football-related fun and games.
SPRING FOOTBALL 2011: Drake began its spring workouts March 23, practicing three days each week since that time. The Bulldogs return 10 starters on offense and seven on defense from a squad that in 2010 finished 7-4 overall and third in the Pioneer Football League at 6-2. The Bulldogs narrowly missed winning the League championship, falling only to PFL co-champions Dayton and Jacksonville, each in the closing minutes on the road.
Eight of the Drake starters are returning all-conference performers, including 2010 first-team LB Tyler Moorehead (Mason City, Iowa) and first-team T Evan Lawrence (Moline, Ill.). Two second-teamers, LG Stephen Flynn and CB Michael Lahart (Chariton, Iowa) join honorable mention selections QB Mike Piatkowski (Wheaton, Ill.), WR Drew Blackmon (Florissant, Mo.), DL John Sawhill (Jefferson, Iowa) and P Billy Janssen (Round Lake Beach, Ill.).
GLOBAL KILIMANJARO BOWL: This year’s spring practice season takes on additional meaning, as the team will depart May 17 to travel to Tanzania to participate in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first American football game played on the continent of Africa.
The Bulldogs will face an all-star team from Mexico, formed from the CONADEIP conference, on May 21, 2011. The game will be broadcast live across the continent by ITV, the largest private television network in Tanzania, and beamed to parts of Europe, Asia and Australia. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. local time in Tanzania, 5 a.m. (CT) in Des Moines.
The game will be played at the 20,000-capacity Sheik Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in the city of Arusha. This historic event also will allow Drake’s student-athletes, coaches and traveling party on a once-in-a-lifetime experience that includes a youth orphanage service project, a football clinic, two practices with the Mexican team and an ascent of 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro. All contributions collected Saturday will expand the reach of the service projects taking place during the trip.
For more information on the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl please visit www.Kilibowl.com. Fans can follow the progress of Drake’s football student-athletes leading up to the Kili Bowl trip through first-hand accounts posted to the team’s blog at www.drakefootball.blogspot.com.
Thu., Sept. 1–at North Dakota, 7 pm
Sat., Sept. 10–GRAND VIEW, TBD
Sat., Sept. 17–MISSOURI S&T, 6 pm
Sat., Sept. 24–at Butler, 12 pm
Sat., Oct. 1–CAMPBELL, 1 pm
Sat., Oct. 8–at Morehead St., TBD
Sat., Oct. 15–at San Diego, TBD
Sat., Oct. 22–VALPARAISO, 1 pm
Sat., Oct. 29–at Marist, TBD
Sat., Nov. 5–JACKSONVILLE, 1 pm
Sat., Nov. 12–DAYTON, 1 pm
By Drake University Sports Information