Panthers Host ‘Football 101’ For International Students
By Cyndi Byars // August 31, 2014
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.
“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 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.
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.
“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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