Granby " Panther football standout selected for ‘Down Under Bowl’
March 7, 2008
Mike Schmidt, the star quarterback of Middle Park High’s football team, has recently been selected to compete in the 2008 Down Under Bowl in Australia this summer.
Sponsored by International Sports Specialists Inc., this year’s Down Under Bowl will be held mid-June through early July on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. Schmidt and the other American football players will be competing against teams from Australia and New Zealand.
“This is awesome,” said Schmidt, a 16-year-old Panther junior. “It’s a real honor to be picked for this. I love playing football and to get to play it in Australia in the summer is just incredible.”
During the Down Under Bowl, which is in its 20th year, each participating team will play in at least two games. The competition is the largest American High School Football Champion Tournament outside the United States. Top high school football players from across the country are selected to play.
During the trip, Schmidt and the American players will spend seven days in the Gold Coast of Australia, where they will experience a different culture as well as visit wildlife sanctuaries, the Great Barrier Reef, theme parks and other attractions.
In addition, on the way to and from Australia, the teams will spend about four days in Hawaii, where they will go sightseeing and participate in sports and other activities.
Schmidt was select for the 20th Annual Down Under Bowl because of his outstanding accomplishments as a football player this past fall season. Despite being injured and unable to play in three games, he was still able to rack up such impressive statistics that he earned an All-State Honorable Mention as a quarterback and an All-Conference First Team selection as a linebacker.
To make his trip possible to the Down Under Bowl, Schmidt is seeking sponsorships through local businesses and service organizations.