Bluffton University heads to Italy
By Rustin Pickett, sports information assistant
May 10, 2005
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University football team will be expanding its wings as they prepare to leave for a two week excursion in Italy. There will be a total of 55 people attending the trip who include football players, coaches, students, faculty and wives. The group will depart for Italy on May 10.
Shortly after arrival, the Beavers will partake in a football game against an Italian national team. Game day is set for May 14 in Trieste, Italy. To put in perspective the level of competition, the Italian national team is equal to a semi-pro team in the United States. Following the game the players will exchange gifts during the dinner celebration to share a part of their home country's culture.
The group will touch ground in Milan, but will reside in Venice. After a night on the gridiron, the Beavers will start touring and exploring new things for the educational component of the trip. Each student will receive four hours of cross-cultural credit, which is a requirement for graduation at Bluffton. Over the two weeks the students will tour around 10 different cities, which include Florence, Naples, Assisi and Rome. There will be two lectures, daily journal entries and some project questions to be finished for a final grade upon the teams return.
This opportunity to play overseas was made possible by Global Football, who coordinates trips for amateur athletes.
Football trip itinerary May 10-25
May 10 Departure day - overnight flight to Italy
May 11 Arrival in Italy - transfer to Venice
May 12 Venice sightseeing tour and football practice
May 13 Football practice and free day in Venice
May 14 Football game and postgame party
May 15 Transfer to Florence
May 16 Florence sightseeing tour
May 17 Tour Pisa and Florence
May 18 Transfer to Assisi - Siena sightseeing walk
May 19 Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
May 20 Transfer to Sorrento region
May 21 Transfer to Rome via Pompeii
May 22 Rome sightseeing - Visit the Coliseum and Roman Forum
May 23 Rome sightseeing - Visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel
May 24 Free day in Rome - awards dinner
May 25 Return flight to United States