Centre football returns from Ireland with global perspective and exhibition game win
The student-athletes-turned-global-ambassadors of the Centre College football team recently traveled to Dublin, Ireland, for an exhibition game that led to meaningful experiences both on and off the field. While Centre gained a 90-0 victory over the Dublin Rebels, their opponents displayed great sportsmanship and camaraderie not only during the game but also throughout the Colonels’ entire nine-day visit.
Centre Football Head Coach Andy Frye says the Rebels were excellent competitors and he was impressed with their style of play. “I hope people don’t judge them too harshly just by looking at the score; they were a talented and passionate team.”
Centre team members realized this international match was more than a typical exhibition game—it was an opportunity to serve as ambassadors for Centre College and American student-athletes in general.
“Coach Frye told us prior to the game that the way we played on that Saturday would leave a lasting impression upon the Irish team and their idea of how football is played in America,” explains quarterback Seth Carmichael ’16. “I think that really stuck with us.”
Off the playing field, the Colonels had time to explore cultural and historical sites all over the country. During the team’s stay, players traveled to different parts of the region including Belfast, Kilkenny and Galway, as well as to places such as the Cliffs of Moher, Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick’s cathedral.
Offensive lineman Clay Taylor ’16 recognized that the value of this abroad experience went beyond the Colonels’ victory.
“It was really eye-opening to get out of the ‘Centre bubble’ and experience new things,” he says. “Centre offers so many opportunities to study abroad—it’s something everyone should do if they can.”
Frye affirms that this exposure to new people, places and ways of life was a critical outcome of the trip.
“Traveling abroad allowed our players to experience firsthand a cultural exchange that enhanced and broadened their perspective and preparation for what it means to live, work and play in a global society,” he explains. “It was a joy to step back and watch the interaction of our players between two peoples and two nations after the game, on the streets, in the restaurants and wherever we went in Ireland.”
The team was also well aware that this unique experience playing abroad would not have been possible without the help of many others.
“This was all possible because of the generosity of our alums, parents and the staff who helped support this endeavor,” continues Frye. “Without their support, the players could never have had this incredible experience.”
Read more about the exhibition game on Centre’s athletics website.
by Centre News