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Drake to play in Africa in 2011

Des Moines, IA (Sports Network) - The Drake University football team will play in the first American football game on the continent of Africa next year.

Drake, a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, will play an all- star team from Mexico, the CONADEIP All-Stars, in the inaugural Global Kilimanjaro Bowl on May 21, 2011, in Moshi, Tanzania, under the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The two teams will do much more than meet on the field. The trip will begin on May 17, and following two practices there will be a football clinic for local youth and a safari.

After the historic game, players from both Drake and the CONADEIP All-Stars will do community service projects. The primary project will be working at the Kitaa Hope Orphanage in Moshi, including the construction of an addition to the orphanage.

In addition, players and coaches from both teams will climb the 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. The teams will ascend the mountain by different routes and meet at the summit, where they will hoist their respective university and national flags.

"I am overwhelmed with excitement as this long time vision is now becoming a reality," Drake head football coach Chris Creighton said. "This trip allows for us to bring the game we love to a place and to a people who have never experienced it. This trip also provides a unique opportunity to serve those who are far less fortunate than we are and to hopefully make a positive difference. Finally, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as a team will be one of the greatest challenges we will ever face."

Global Football, a Texas-based football events organization, is coordinating the trip. Drake's Mexican opposition will be selected from the CONADEIP Conference that will play an inaugural football season this fall.

09/01 16:15:36 ET