• Kassi Bailey

A Win for Drake Football and Citizen Relations in China

Earlier this year there was a unique addition to the Drake football team game schedule; one that would take them half way around the world. To China to be exact. It's true, with the help of Global Football, Drake lined up a game against a Chinese all-star team in the Drake-China Ambassadors Bowl in Beijing on Saturday, May 26 at 1 pm local time (12 am US CDT).

This twelve day trip was a part of a larger movement to increase citizen-to-citizen relationships through athletics, and what better place to go than our sister state of Hebei, China? The actual game took place in Beijing, which is in a neighboring state, however they spent much of their time in Hebei exploring the area and culture.

After spending two days practicing at the University of International Business and Economics, they played a tough game against the Chinese team. Drake excitingly took home the win this time! Once the game was done, the Drake football team dug into the local culture. They hiked the challenging Great Wall segment of Gubeikou-Jinshanling and toured the amazing city of Beijing.

Drake loved this opportunity to share their love of football with the people of China. They brought over 200 footballs to support sport developments there as well as opened their practices to the local people to watch. Drake head coach, Rick fox, commented, "Drake football is excited to travel to China and interact with the people of that great country through the sport of American football. This will be a trip that will have lifelong impact on our young men and we hope it will be a benefit to the people of China as well."

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Monty and his wife Lori are from Indianola, Iowa. They have 2 grown daughters, 2 sons-in law, and 3 granddaughters.

He retired from teaching in 2016 after 39 years. Monty is very active in his community. He has been a local 4H club leader, County Senior 4H leader, and a member of the County 4H youth committee and is now on the Warren County 4H Foundation Board. And he spends his summers at the Annett Nature Center conducting day camps for ages 4 to 13. Monty also volunteers at the nature center for public programs and has been on the Friends of Warren County Conservation Board since it was formed.

Monty has been involved with Iowa Sister States since 2001. He was involved in a three-year high school student exchange program with Cherkasy, Ukraine. He fell in love with the country and its people and has been the chairperson of the Ukraine committee since. Monty also served on the Planning and Action Committee of ISS, and the annual fund-raising committee in 2011. He has held the Board positions of Secretary, Vice President and President, and most recently served as the Interim Executive Director.

Last Updated: jULY 15, 2020