St. Norbert College 12 months away from making American football history in Ireland

From Global Football, August 29, 2011
by Lauren Hickey, lauren@mprestonsports.com, (781) 929-7300

As the college football season kicks off across the United States, Global Football representatives are currently in Ireland, finalizing preparations for GIFT 2012 -- the Global Ireland Football Tournament -- that includes St Norbert College opening their 2012 season in Dublin.

A total of 12 high school and college teams will travel to Ireland to play in six games on Friday, August 31, in three doubleheader matches staged in three different stadiums during the same weekend as the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen meet at the Aviva Stadium.

St. Norbert is one of two colleges participating in GIFT 2012 and will face John Carroll University in the historic event. John Carroll University head coach Regis Scafe has posted ten consecutive seasons at .500 or better for the Blue Streaks. In going 71-35 over those ten seasons, Scafe has helped John Carroll to extend its current run of consecutive non-losing campaigns to a school record 22 years.

Global Football has been the world's primary exporter and producer of American football played overseas since 1996, and never before has such a large number of U.S. teams traveled and played in one country, on one day. Being linked to the Fighting Irish and Midshipmen weekend makes this even more special for the players, coaches and followers who are eagerly preparing for this exciting historic week.

Venues and kickoff times for all games will be announced during the fall football season and details of the event and participating teams can be found at the website http://www.GIFT2012.com.

"This will be a wonderful educational opportunity for our student-athletes, and I am appreciative of our administration for supporting this endeavor," said head coach Jim Purtill. "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."

St Norbert opens the 2011 college football season at the University of St Thomas at 1pm on Saturday, September 3.

For information about the Global Ireland Football Tournament 2012 please visit http://www.GIFT2012.com or e-mail Patrick@GlobalFootball.com. All team and fan travel for GIFT is being expertly handled by Anthony Travel, who also manages all team and fan travel for the Notre Dame and Navy. Contact Sheldon Baxter, sheldonbaxter@anthonytravel.com for details, or visit http://www.anthonytravel.com/globalfootball/gift.