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Rice Owls introduce American football to new international students
HOUSTON – (Aug. 24, 2016) – The Rice Owls held their annual football clinic for incoming international students, scholars and families Aug. 20 at Rice Stadium.
The event, which lasted about three hours, started with a tailgate for the students with players and staff serving up food and playing games. The group then moved indoors to the new Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center, located at the north end zone of Rice Stadium, where the students learned about basic rules and key plays and heard from head football coach David Bailiff and the offensive and defensive coaches, who also did some walkthrough examples with volunteers. It was then time to hit the Rice Stadium field. Bailiff, his staff and players put the students into groups and ran fun football drills.
A high-resolution video (top) and photos (below) are available upon request.
The event launched in 2010 and was believed to be the first of its kind at the time. Adria Baker, associate vice provost for international education and executive director of Rice's Office of International Students and Scholars, said the brainchild for the event was Bailiff. "He's the heartbeat of this," she said. "It's the generosity on their (football program's) part; it's the generosity of their spirit and their time."
Classes at Rice began this week and the fall 2016 enrollment is not yet available, but last year international students made up approximately 12 percent of the undergraduate class at Rice, and 40 percent of Rice's graduate student body was from outside the United States.
Overall, last year students came to Rice from 93 different countries or regions.
For more information or to obtain high-resolution video or photo files, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6327; or, Chuck Pool, assistant athletics director in athletics communications, at email@example.com or 713-348-5775.
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