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American Football League of China (AFLC) Championship a Historic Success

American Football League of China (AFLC) Championship a Historic Success

The American Football League of China (AFLC), a national league for amateur American football, held its third championship game at Yuanshen Stadium in Shanghai on January 16th. The long-time rivalry between the Shanghai Warriors and Shanghai Nighthawks came to a head in their first-ever championship game against each other. Launched in 2013, the AFLC has […]

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Dec

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IFAF World Championships Come to China

IFAF World Championships Come to China

Photo courtesy of IFAF website The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has announced that it will hold the 2016 World U19 Championships in Harbin, China. The event marks the first-ever international american football tournament to reach China’s shores and an opportunity that many local shareholders expect will build momentum for the sport. IFAF is […]

21
Dec

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Football Players and Their Charitable Causes

Football Players and Their Charitable Causes

If Gridiron Leaders Foundation had to be summarized in only a few words, then “education,” “community athletics”, and “US-China relations” would certainly be at the top of the list. When we at GLF think about why this program was initiated, the answer begins with the personal and professional growth that our founders and team have […]

09
Nov

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China’s #1 Fan

China’s #1 Fan

By John Blasco and Chris McLaurin  (Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times) It’s election season again in the U.S. and for many candidates this means working the campaign trail and behaving more like the “model American.” For President Obama, this meant playing sports, shooting around the basketball and throwing a football on the White House […]

09
Nov

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Modern Middle Kingdom

Modern Middle Kingdom

Photo courtesy of The Huffington Post July 31, 2015 More than twenty-one hundred years ago, Zhang Qian, an outstanding envoy and explorer of the Han Dynasty, mapped a trail from Central China to the far Western Regions of Central Asia and Xinjiang. At the time, the trail served mainly diplomatic purposes, allowing for the Han […]

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Nov

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University of Illinois Broadcast Football Games in Mandarin

University of Illinois Broadcast Football Games in Mandarin

As the NFL celebrates its ninth season of football in the United Kingdom, many fans may not recall its plans of initiating games in China during the same period. In 2007, the NFL scrapped a preseason game in China, but that has not halted the football’s growth in the market. Since 2013, interest in the […]

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Nov

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Football Weddings

Football Weddings

Photo courtesy of Weibo Weddings in China is big business. In 2014 it was estimated the industry raked in $80bn, up 40% from just 3 years prior. One very important part of the wedding festivities is the pictures. While in Western countries pictures are taken on the wedding day prior to the ceremony, in China […]

09
Nov

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Glf fellow series: sharing the gift of sport

Glf fellow series: sharing the gift of sport

Article written by GLF Fellow Vladimir Emilien. Three weeks after arriving to Beijing, I found myself volunteering for WEsport, a start-up NGO created by two Michigan Alums. WEsport aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among Chinese families as well as networking opportunities for people of all ages. WEsport was organizing a launch for a new […]

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