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The Gridiron Leaders Foundation strives to use American football as a vehicle for sustainable friendship, international education, and cultural understanding between China and the United States.


Our vision is to enable exceptional student-athletes to become global-minded leaders by cultivating a holistic appreciation for China’s culture and society through lasting connections with communities on the ground. Additionally we strive to highlight and emphasize to the world the positive power of America’s most beloved game.


GLF helps Fellows accomplish their professional, academic, and life goals while at the same time building a safe, fun, and positive environment for competitive football teams developing in China. The program creates a space for durable friendships between America and China and instills a nuanced view of China in the next-generation of American leaders.


The program brings together various academic, athletic, and professional leaders during a ten-day orientation in China. GLF Fellows learn how to effectively teach novice football players how to play the game safely, effectively, and competitively, ultimately helping players in China achieve their goals on and off the gridiron.


The Gridiron Leader Foundations actively seeks funding from three sources: individuals, corporate sponsors, and foundation partnerships. Visit the Donate and Supporters pages to learn more about how GLF solicits from these sources.