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Release: Immediate

Fraternity teaches Football 101 for international students, scholars

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Everything from strategy to the homecoming spirit will be explained to international students and scholars during "Football 101" Friday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the International Center Lounge.

The program is sponsored by the University of Iowa International Programs and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The program is free and open to all international students and scholars as well as those from the community who just want to learn more about football.

"Since football is such a popular sport in the U.S., we thought this would be a great opportunity to teach international students and scholars more about the sport, but anyone can come," says Jorg Vianden, UI International Programs activity coordinator. "It's really football for the uninitiated."

The session will be lead by Mike Divelbiss, community services chair of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Divelbiss, 19, a sophomore art and education double major from Warrenville, Ill., along with Kappa Sigma members Brian Gallagher, 20, a junior from Bettendorf, and Nathan Durick, 21, a senior from Geneseo, Ill., will explain the rules and strategies of American football

Divelbiss, Gallagher, and Durick will also explain the United States tradition of homecoming, teach the Iowa Fight Song, and demonstrate different football techniques. The explanations will be accompanied by videotaped footage of the Iowa Hawkeyes in action.

Refreshments will be served at the event. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to attend the UI Homecoming Parade in downtown Iowa City. Those who plan to attend should wear warm clothing.

The UI International Center can be reached by car at the end of Ferson Ave. off Park Road in Iowa City, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

For more information, call Vianden at (319) 353-2355, or Lois Gray, International Programs media relations and publications specialist, at 335-2026.

(Note to Editors/Photographers: This event will provide photo opportunities of students catching/throwing footballs, singing the Iowa fight song and trying on football equipment.)