Panthers Host ‘Football 101’ For International Students

By  //  August 31, 2014

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ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech Athletic Director Bill Jurgens talks about the 2014 International Student Welcome Day event, and Panther football.

International Students Enjoyed Traditional American BBQ, Learned About American Football

ABOVE PHOTO GALLERY BY CYNDI BYARS

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech’s International Student & Scholar Services, the International Student Service Organization and the Panther Football team hosted an International Student Welcome on Friday where attendees enjoyed traditional American BBQ and learned about American football.

Hosted by Florida Tech Athletic Director Bill Jurgens, and members of the Panther football team, this was the second annual International Student Welcome event.

Tori Leslie

Tori Leslie

“International students are usually not familiar with American football,” aid Tori Leslie, Program Coordinator for Florida Tech’s International Student & Scholar Services organization.

“This welcome event is designed to introduce students to the team, the game of football, and let them know how to obtain free tickets to the games.” 

FLORIDA-TECH-FOOTBALL-435Florida Tech is scheduled to play 11 games this fall starting next Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Stetson University in DeLand. The game is one of two contests against FCS foes, as the Panthers will also play at Bethune-Cookman University on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

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Another highlight on the Panthers’ schedule is a game at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. ET. In Arlington, FIT will oppose Tarleton State University as part of the four-game Lone Star Conference Football Festival.

One week prior, the Panthers will open the home portion of their schedule against Ave Maria University on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium.

Shadhab Tamboli

Shadhab Tamboli

“American football is exciting and unpredictable,” said international student Shadhab Tamboli, an engineering major from India. 

“I’m excited to be a new student at Florida Tech and the upcoming football season. It’s a great experience, and quite different from Indian culture.”

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Panther Football team players, from left to right, wide receiver Tyler Bass, wide receiver Xavier Milton and defensive back Jeffrey Thomas greeted international students at Florida Tech's recent "Football 101" Welcome Event. (Cyndi Byars image)

Panther Football team players, from left to right, wide receiver Tyler Bass, wide receiver Xavier Milton and defensive back Jeffrey Thomas greeted international students at Florida Tech’s recent “Football 101” Welcome Event. (Cyndi Byars image)

Florida Tech Panther's mascot checks out the 2014 team helmets at the recent "Football 101" event.

Florida Tech Panther’s mascot checks out the 2014 team helmets at the recent “Football 101” event.

Ryan Jones, center, talks with Nancy Fu (left) and Meiou Wang

Ryan Jones, center, talks with Nancy Fu (left) and Meiou Wang

Asst. Athletic Director Ryan Jones interviews international student Shadhab Tamboli.

Asst. Athletic Director Ryan Jones interviews international student Shadhab Tamboli.

The Florida Tech Panther's mascot greets students at the recent "Football 101" welcome event.

The Florida Tech Panther’s mascot greets students at the recent “Football 101” welcome event.

From left to right: Gaelle Lambert, Judy Brook/Florida Tech Director of International Students, and Alexandra Hoijtink.

From left to right: Gaelle Lambert, Judy Brook/Florida Tech Director of International Students, and Alexandra Hoijtink.

The Florida Tech Panther mascot greets international student Alexandra Hoijtink at the recent "Football 101" event. (Cyndi Byars image)

The Florida Tech Panther mascot greets international student Alexandra Hoijtink at the recent “Football 101” event. (Cyndi Byars image)

Florida Tech Asst. Athletic Director Ryan Jones, center, talks Panther football with Shadhab Tamboli, left, and Mr. Uday, right, as they check out 2014 Panther Football team posters distributed at the recent welcome event for international students. (Cyndi Byars image)

Florida Tech Asst. Athletic Director Ryan Jones, center, talks Panther football with Shadhab Tamboli, left, and Mr. Uday, right, as they check out 2014 Panther Football team posters distributed at the recent welcome event for international students. (Cyndi Byars image)

Members of the Florida Tech Panther Football team enjoy the bar-b-que dinner served at the recent "Football 101" welcome event for international students.

Members of the Florida Tech Panther Football team enjoy the bar-b-que dinner served at the recent “Football 101” welcome event for international students.

Students gather before a Bar-B-Que dinner at Florida Tech's "Football 101" Event for International Students at the school's Melbourne, Florida campus. (Cyndi Byars image)

Students gather before a Bar-B-Que dinner at Florida Tech’s “Football 101” Event for International Students at the school’s Melbourne, Florida campus. (Cyndi Byars image)

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Florida Tech students Khalid Alanazi, Tori Leslie/ISSO Program Coordinator, Khloud Shuquair/ISSO President, Lina Alrashdi and Abdullah Kurdi learn about Panther football. (Cyndi Byars image)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Florida Tech students Khalid Alanazi, Tori Leslie/ISSO Program Coordinator, Khloud Shuquair/ISSO President, Lina Alrashdi and Abdullah Kurdi learn about Panther football. (Cyndi Byars image)

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Florida Tech International Student & Scholar Organization members greet attendees at Florida Tech's "Football 101" International Student Welcome Event. (Cyndi Byars image)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Florida Tech International Student & Scholar Organization members greet attendees at Florida Tech’s “Football 101” International Student Welcome Event. (Cyndi Byars image)


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