CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Fraternity teaches Football 101 for international students, scholars
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Everything from strategy to the homecoming spirit
will be explained to international students and scholars during "Football
101" Friday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the International Center Lounge.
The program is sponsored by the University of Iowa International Programs
and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The program is free and open to all international
students and scholars as well as those from the community who just want
to learn more about football.
"Since football is such a popular sport in the U.S., we thought
this would be a great opportunity to teach international students and scholars
more about the sport, but anyone can come," says Jorg Vianden, UI
International Programs activity coordinator. "It's really football
for the uninitiated."
The session will be lead by Mike Divelbiss, community services chair
of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Divelbiss, 19, a sophomore art and education
double major from Warrenville, Ill., along with Kappa Sigma members Brian
Gallagher, 20, a junior from Bettendorf, and Nathan Durick, 21, a senior
from Geneseo, Ill., will explain the rules and strategies of American football
Divelbiss, Gallagher, and Durick will also explain the United States
tradition of homecoming, teach the Iowa Fight Song, and demonstrate different
football techniques. The explanations will be accompanied by videotaped
footage of the Iowa Hawkeyes in action.
Refreshments will be served at the event. After the presentation, participants
will have the opportunity to attend the UI Homecoming Parade in downtown
Iowa City. Those who plan to attend should wear warm clothing.
The UI International Center can be reached by car at the end of Ferson
Ave. off Park Road in Iowa City, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside
For more information, call Vianden at (319) 353-2355, or Lois Gray,
International Programs media relations and publications specialist, at
(Note to Editors/Photographers: This event will provide photo opportunities
of students catching/throwing footballs, singing the Iowa fight song and
trying on football equipment.)