Reservations being taken for St. Norbert College football game in Dublin, Ireland in 2012

From St. Norbert College, May 18, 2011
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College will face John Carroll (Ohio) University in Dublin, Ireland, in its 2012 season opener as part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT). The game is scheduled for August 31, 2012.

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The game marks the first time St. Norbert will compete intercollegiately outside of North America, and only the second time any team will have played outside of the continental United States. The St. Norbert hockey team played at Alaska-Fairbanks in 1997. The trip will be financed through private funding and no college operating funds will be used.

"St. Norbert College is extremely excited to partner with a fellow Catholic institution in John Carroll University in this event," St. Norbert president Thomas Kunkel said. "This is a great opportunity not only for our football program but for the college overall."

The St. Norbert-John Carroll game, with the venue still to be determined, is the only college game played as part of GIFT. At least three American high school games will also be played that weekend at various locations around Dublin. All teams participating in GIFT will have an opportunity to attend the Notre Dame-Navy game on September 1, 2012 in Dublin.

"This will be a wonderful educational opportunity for our student-athletes, and I am appreciative of our administration for supporting this endeavor," St. Norbert football coach Jim Purtill said. "This experience will be great for those who might not normally get a chance to travel abroad in not only an athletic setting but an educational one as well."

If you have any questions, contact Don Maslinski, director of athletic fundraising at St. Norbert College. He can be reached at 920-403-3252 or don.maslinski@snc.edu.