Monday, May 16, 2016

Lots of School Visits and a U15 Practice

Monday, 16 May, 2016:

A busy day of American football was on the agenda for the start of my third week in Sweden.

First up on the schedule was to visit three separate schools and talk in a total of seven classes to male and female athletes who might be interested in joining the Warriors U13 club via tryouts this coming Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We wanted to create interest in our strange sport with new, young minds and I think that we accomplished our goal.

We Want YOU
for the Wäsby Warriors!

These seven talks started at 9:00 a.m. and finished at 1:00 p.m. By and large the kids were attentive and asked good questions. We'll see in two nights how many new players will join us for the start of the 2016 U13 season.

He would look GREAT
in Red and Black!

From 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., I was at the Runbyskolan to introduce the great game of American football to two 45-minute P.E. classes.

One of the publicity posters I put
up today at Runbyskolan

The first coed class was composed of nine and ten year olds.

"Lord, give me strength."

There are many people in America who advocate that teachers should be allowed to carry weapons on campus as a deterrent to would be terrorists. Today, working with these nine and ten year olds, my first thought was that if I were armed it might have turned ugly.

Everyone survived from
the first class

Guns in schools are probably not a good idea.

On to coed P.E. class #2 . . .

 A budding WR from
the second class of the day

 Bombs Away!

I think that he may be the
second coming of Otto Graham

The second coed P.E. class, made up of 12 and 13 year olds, restored my faith in humanity! They were good kids who listened and participated, giving an honest effort for the entire length of the class.

At 6:30 p.m., we met on our game field for a 90-minute U15 practice. The attendance could have been better but the athletes that were there gave great effort and definitely got a day better.


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