Eight senior football players travel to Italy to participate in Global Bowl

Eight senior football players from Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School were selected to participate in the Italy Global Bowl. The group from VASJ, along with Coach John Storey ’59 who will serve as the Offensive/Defensive Line Coach, left Cleveland on Saturday, April 14.

 A group of the VASJ boys & Coach Storey '59 at the airport

Players from 20 high schools in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will be participating on the U.S. Stars & Stripes team and face the Italian Under 19 National Team on Saturday, April 21, at the Via dei Campi Sportivi in Rome.

The event is organized annually by Texas-based Global Football, whose President Patrick Steenberge said: “These tours provide an opportunity for young amateur athletes from different countries to compete against one another, while experiencing and learning firsthand about cultures, customs and history. The game at the end of the week is the highlight, but the friendships and memories the players bring home with them will last a lifetime. Coach Scurran has held clinics in Italy in recent years and is now coaching there this season, so will be able to offer the players on his team a unique insight into American football in Italy.”

The 20 schools represented on the Team Stars & Stripes roster are Villa Angela St Joseph (Cleveland, OH), Canyon Del Oro, Catalina Foothills, Film School of LA, Ironwood Ridge High, Rincon High, Sabino High, Tucson High (all Tucson, AZ), Father Judge, Cardinal O’Hara, Episcopal Academy, Malvern Prep, William Penn Charter (all Philadelphia, PA), Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA), Winneconne High (WI), Somerset High (WI), Brodhead Juda High (WI), Loyal High (WI), Carrol High (Ozark, AL), and Vero Beach High (FL).

Team Stars & Stripes will mix practice sessions with cultural sightseeing including the spectacular sights of the picturesque spa town of Montecantini Terme, where the team will practice. They will visit Florence, set in the rolling hills of Tuscany, Rome via the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Ancient Rome and the Coliseum and finally The Vatican. They will face the Italian U19 national team on Saturday, April 21, returning home the following day.

Click here to view the trip itinerary.