DES MOINES - The Drake University football team is headed to Africa.
The schooll announced Wednesday that its football team will travel to Tanzania to play the first American football game ever on the continent on May 21.
"I am overwhelmed with excitement as this long-time vision is now becoming a reality," Bulldogs head coach Chris Creighton said in a statement. "This trip allows us to bring the game we love to a place and to people who have never expereinced it."
The Bulldogs' opponent will be an All-Star team from the Mexico's collegiate CONADEIP Conference.
In addition to the game, the two teams will hold a football clinic for local youth, go on a safari, scale Mount Kilamanjaro and do community service projects, primarily working with the Kitaa Hope Orphanage. The teams will work with children between the ages of four and 12 while also helping to construct an addition to the orphanage.
"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," said Creighton. "The Drake football program is more than winning games in the fall each year. Our program's vision is to make playing football at Drake one of the most incredible experiences in our lives.
"This trip exemplifies who we are and what we are about. We want to do something special with our lives."
Family and fan travel packages will be available through Anthony Travel beginning on Sept. 15. For more information call 866-913-7169.
The Bulldogs kickoff their 2010 campaign on Saturday against Lehigh in Drake Stadium at 6 p.m.