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American Football Without Barriers is taking its mission to spread football to underprivileged communities with a humanitarian message helping globalize the sport of American Football.


After a successful camp in China in March of 2013, American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) is headed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to international camps, AFWB hosts several camps in the U.S. aimed at helping underprivileged kids play the sport of football. This year, 14 active NFL athletes representing four different NFL teams and 1 CFL player will be making the trip to Brazil to continue to AFWB’s mission.


During the February camp, AFWB staff will volunteer at Pequena Cruzada, one of the largest orphanage homes in Rio. The players will spend a couple of days working with the children  from the charity and teaching them the fundamentals of American Football. For more information about Pequena Cruzada please visit,


AFWB will be hosting a press conference for the media on Friday February 14th, 2014 in the JW Marriott Rio in Rio de Janeiro from 1-3 PM. The camp will be held on Saturday & Sunday, February 15th and 16th, from 9 AM to 5 PM on General Severiano, at the Botafogo soccer field –  Address: Av. Venceslau Brás, 80 – Botafogo. Rio de Janeiro/RJ. Media interested in attending can confirm attendance to the press conference or camp by emailing or


Schedule of activities:

Friday, February 14th, 2014 – Media Press Conference, 1 PM to 3 PM, JW Marriott

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 – Day 1 of Camp, 9 AM to 5 PM Campo Aterro Do Flamengo

Sunday, February 16th, 2014 – Day 2 of Camp, 9 AM to 5 PM Campo Aterro Do Flamengo


Team AFWB Rio 2014:


Cleveland Browns:

Gary Barnidge, Tight End, co-founder of AFWB

Jordan Cameron, Tight End & Pro Bowl Selection 2014

Alex Mack, Center & Pro Bowl Selection 2014

Johnson Bademosi, Safety

Berkevious Mingo, Defensive End/Linebacker, 1st round draft pick in 2013 NFL draft


Seattle Seahawks:

Breno Giacomini, Right Tackle, co-founder of AFWB – of Brazilian origin

Marshawn Lynch, Running Back and Pro Bowl Selection 2014

Golden Tate, Wide Receiver

Russell Okung, Left Tackle

Sidney Rice, Wide Receiver

Cooper Helfet, Tight End


Carolina Panther:

Deangelo Williams, Running Back


San Diego Chargers:

Thomas Keiser, Linebacker/Defensive End


Free Agent Kicker:

Maikon Bonani – of Brazilian origin


CFL- Hamilton Tiger Cats:

Brian Brohm, Quarterback


This year’s airline sponsor is Copa Airlines, a Star Alliance member and JW Marriott Copacabana Rio. 


“We are very happy to help American Football Without Barriers take their charitable message to Brazil,” said Joe Mohan, Senior Vice-President of Commercial and Planning, Copa Airlines. “We fly to seven destinations in Brazil and we support American Football Without Barriers’ effort to give back to the community and inspire underprivileged children through football – a sport that requires hard work, but also the belief that anything is possible.”


About American Football Without Barriers

American Football Without Barriers is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading football to underprivileged communities with a humanitarian message helping globalize the sport of American Football. To learn more about American Football Without Barriers please visit


About Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, subsidiaries of Copa Holdings, are leading Latin American providers of passengers and cargo services. The airlines currently offer service to 69 destinations in 30 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.  During Copa Airlines’ more than 65 years of uninterrupted operations, it has transformed the Hub of the Americas in Panama into the leading hub on the continent. Copa operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, consisting of 90 aircraft: 64 Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft and 26 Embraer-190s, and has an on-time performance of almost 90 percent. For more information, visit



Ahmed Awadallah

Director, AFWB


Members of the media are invited to contact:

Kasey Mathes

Director of Public Affairs, AFWB






PARA DISTRIBUIÇÃO IMEDIATA                                           CONTATO:                                     AFWB RIO 2014                 1/24/14                  Ahmed Awadallah, AFWB,

Jogadores da NFL promovem o futebol americano com uma mensagem humanitária no Brasil


A American Football Without Barriers está levando adiante uma mensagem humanitária e a missão de difundir o futebol americano nas comunidades carentes e ajudar a globalizar o esporte.

Depois de uma passagem de sucesso na China, em março de 2013, a American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) segue para o Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Além de eventos internacionais, a AFWB promove diversos camps nos EUA, ajudando as crianças carentes a praticar futebol americano. Neste ano, participarão da viagem ao Brasil 14 atletas da NFL, representando quatro times da liga, mais 1 representante da CFL (Canadian Football League). A AFWB promoverá uma coletiva de imprensa na sexta-feira, 14 de Fevereiro de 2014, das 13h às 15hs, no hotel JW Marriott Rio. O camp será realizado no Campo General Severiano – Botafogo nos dias 15 e 16 de Fevereiro, das 9h às 15hs. Veículos de mídia interessados, confirmar a presença na coletiva ou no camp pelo email:


Solicitações dos veículos de mídia para entrevistas com os jogadores, favor contatar a AFWB.


Time AFWB Rio 2014:

Cleveland Browns:

Gary Barnidge, Tight End, co-fundador da AFWB

Jordan Cameron, Tight End & selecionado para o Pro Bowl 2014

Alex Mack, Center & selecionado para o Pro Bowl 2014

Johnson Bademosi, Safety

Berkevious Mingo, Defensive End/Linebacker,  primeira escolha no Draft da NFL em 2013


Seattle Seahawks (Campeões do SuperBowl XLVIII – 2014):

Breno Giacomini, Right Tackle, co-fundador da AFWB – brasileiro de origem

Marshawn Lynch, Running back e selecionado para o Pro Bowl 2014

Golden Tate, Wide Receiver

Russell Okung, Left Tackle

Sidney Rice, Wide Receiver

Cooper Helfet, Tight End


Carolina Panther:

Deangelo Williams, Running Back


San Diego Chargers:

Thomas Keiser, Linebacker/Defensive End


Free Agent Kicker:

Maikon Bonani, brasileiro de origem


CFL- Hamilton Tiger Cats:

Brian Brohm, Quarter back


Calendário de atividades:

Sexta, 14 de Fevereiro de 2014 – Media Press Conference 1 PM to 3 PM, JW Marriott

Sábado, 15 de Fevereiro de 2014 – Dia 1 of Camp, 10 AM to 5 PM Campo General Severiano – Botafogo

Domingo, 16 de Fevereiro de 2014 – Dia 2 of Camp, 10 AM to 5 PM Campo General Severiano – Botafogo

A ONG escolhida foi a Pequena Cruzada, um dos maiores orfanatos do Rio. Os jogadores passarão dois dias com as crianças, ensinando futebol americano e ajudando a conhecer o esporte.

Para mais informações, visitar:

Este ano temos a Copa Airlines como patrocinadora, um membro da Start Alliance e JW Marriott Copacabana Rio.


A American Football Without Barriers é uma organização sem fins lucrativos dedicada a espalhar o Futebol Americano para comunidades carentes em diversos países com uma mensagem humanitária de globalizar o Futebol Americano.



Two Seahawks revel in their Mass. roots

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) is from Needham.


NEWARK — It’s improbable enough that two guys from Massachusetts are playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl — only 12 of the 1,696 NFL players on Week 1 rosters hailed from the Bay State.

But that doesn’t begin to describe how unlikely it is for Needham’s Steven Hauschka and Malden’s Breno Giacomini, both 28, to be playing major roles for the Seahawks in Sunday’s big game — Hauschka as the kicker, Giacomini the starting right tackle.

“It’s pretty cool to have another guy from Massachusetts on the same team,” Giacomini said. “He’s had a tough road, too.”

No kidding. Neither player pegged football as his favorite sport while growing up, let alone thought much about making a living in the NFL.

He was, however, a huge Patriots fan (and still is), and had an autographed photo of Adam Vinatieri from the Snow Bowl hanging in his room.

“I’m glad we’re playing the Broncos rather than the Patriots,” he said. “I’ve dreamed about kicking a game-winning field goal ever since I saw Vinatieri doing it. He was my idol growing up.”

Hauschka was demoted to Middlebury’s JV team his freshman season, and that spring his roommate, a safety on the football team, encouraged him to try out for the team’s kicking and punting jobs. Hauschka said he could hit 50-yard field goals in high school and easily won the job at Middlebury.

When Hauschka graduated with a degree in neuroscience in 2007, he was preparing to become a dentist like his mother, Barbara, and older brother, Andy. His father, Peter, is a senior research associate in orthopedics and the director of scientific resources at Boston Children’s Hospital.

But Hauschka’s field goal accuracy and booming kickoffs earned the attention of former Boston College special teams coach Jerry Petercuskie, who was about to take the same job at N.C. State with former Eagles coach Tom O’Brien.

Hauschka, who had one year of NCAA eligibility left, enrolled as a graduate student at N.C. State, connected on 16 of 18 field goals that season and was carried off the field by teammates after nailing a game-winning kick against the Miami Hurricanes.

Hauschka used to list N.C. State as his alma mater in his NFL bio, but made sure to switch it to Middlebury this year. Two reporters from Middlebury gave him a school hat as a gift on Tuesday.

“We kicked on some of the worst fields in the country, especially some of those grass fields when they got a lot of rain,” Hauschka said of Middlebury. “So that prepared me for some bad conditions that I would see in the NFL.”

Hauschka has been accurate this year, nailing 33 of 35 field goals, but getting to this point certainly wasn’t easy. He was undrafted in 2008, and bounced between Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, and Las Vegas of the now-defunct UFL before winning the Seahawks’ job in 2011.

“I never thought I’d be an NFL kicker until about seven years ago,” he said. “I was just an average soccer player in high school, couldn’t even get on a Bay State [Conference] all-star team, now here I am at the Super Bowl. Pretty cool transition.”

Giacomini, meanwhile, hoped he’d be on an NBA court at this point in his life, and never dreamed he’d be on an NFL field instead.

A 6-foot-7-inch power forward, Giacomini was a 21-point-per-game scorer at Malden High, and actually quit football his junior year to focus on basketball, “my first love,” he said.

“I thought I was a good basketball player, then I started playing AAU my junior year,” he said. “Went down to Florida for the nationals and got dunked on. That’s when I kind of figured I’d go back to football.”

Giacomini, a quarterback as a freshman and sophomore at Malden, re-enlisted with the football team as a senior and switched to linebacker and defensive end. His coach, Ray Bogus, had a contact with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, and encouraged Giacomini to send Petrino a highlight tape.

“We made a highlight tape — it was mainly basketball games,” Giacomini said. “The next Friday I was down in Louisville and [Petrino] offered me a scholarship. It was all thanks to coach Ray Bogus.”

Giacomini began his college career as a tight end, but put on 60 pounds and started at right tackle his senior year. The Packers took him in the fifth round in the 2008 draft and kept him on the practice squad for three seasons before he was plucked by the Seahawks in 2010. He has started 33 games the last three seasons, though he missed seven games this year with a knee injury.

Giacomini now loves football so much that he and his college teammate Gary Barnidge, a tight end with the Browns, began a program called American Football Without Barriers. Last offseason they traveled to Shanghai to hold a football skills camp for about 100 Chinese youth, and this offseason they will hold a camp for about 350 campers in Brazil, where Giacomini’s parents are from. They also host camps in Florida and Malden.

“Basically holding a free skills camp to spread the love of football, and it’s a tourist thing for us, too,” he said.

Like Hauschka, Giacomini remains a big Boston sports fan. He was asked if he was pretty pumped about the Red Sox’ recent World Series championship.

“Pretty pumped? I was going nuts, dude,” he said. “I was pissed I couldn’t make it.”

Both Hauschka and Giacomini are soaking up the experience at the Super Bowl this week, texting constantly with friends and spending time with the few that made it into New York City.

“It almost feels like you’re getting married,” Hauschka said. “Everyone wants to be here and spend this special time with you.”

Who can blame them for enjoying the rewards of a long, winding road to the NFL?

“I literally had no idea I’d ever be here,” Giacomini said. “It’s awesome, man. It’s unbelievable.”

Please see full article at the link below:

Bay Area Players in the SB






See Breno’s recent interviews regarding the upcoming Brazil Camp: 

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Filho de brasileiros, Breno Giacomini dos Seahawks diz que trocou de ‘futebol’ quando chegou a 150kg

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