Archive for February, 2016

First Day in Cairo – Barnidge

Monday, February 29th, 2016


Egypt Day 1 with Gary Barnidge

First day in Cairo, Egypt with @AFWB was great. Love the food and history of this city. First stop of the day was the Great Pyramid. I’d already been once before, but I’ve always been fascinated by Egyptian culture and history so seeing the pyramids will never get old. Plus, so many guys in our group had never been before, so the expressions on their faces were enough to bring back the excitement for me. Once we parked the van, we snapped a couple photos and hopped on our camels to get to the Great Pyramid. Trying to climb through the pyramid’s tunnels to get to the tomb was something else. Definitely not made with big people in mind…My back was killing me after making that TREK! But our tour guide for the day did a great job and for that, AFWB thanks @EforEgypt.

Next stop was the Sphinx which is also incredible. We met up with Thomson Reuters, a great international news agency there, for an interview. Happy to talk with them about or trip and AFWB.

After a quick break at the hotel, we spent a few hours at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. The ambassador, Stephen Beecroft, was a great host and we all appreciated his hospitality.

TMZ got a hold of me on the way to dinner and asked if I could do a quick interview with them after photo bombing DeAngelo Williams earlier today. Interview was fun and I’m real glad they reached out and took an interest in our organization.

All this was just day one. I can’t wait to start the camps and help spread the game of America Football in Cairo!

– Gary Barnidge, 82


Wednesday, February 24th, 2016






American Football Without Barriers aims to globalize the sport of American Football, with camps and outreach to underserved communities.


Egypt Air and Lenovo are proud to sponsor the 4th annual American Football without Barriers (AFWB) camp and charity visit to take place in Cairo, Egypt, March 2nd thru 5th, 2016. The event is organized by the Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF) in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports and Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.   After successful camps in China in 2013, Brazil in 2014, and Turkey in 2015, 10 top National Football League (NFL) players are heading to Egypt, the first AFWB International camp in Africa.


The NFL players working with AFWB are passionate about sharing their professional skills with emerging fan bases around the world and spreading their commitment to service and leadership. The 10 professional athlete include All-Pro Tight Ends Gary Barnidge and Jordan Cameron, Super Bowl Champions Marshawn Lynch and Breno Giacomini, and one of the NFL’s top running backs DeAngelo Williams.  Over the course of two days they will teach on-field technical skill building and leadership to over 450 Egyptian and international American football players and enthusiasts.  The players will also hold a Coaches Clinic with in-class instruction and on-field implementation.  The week will conclude with an All-Star Football game between the camp’s best players, followed by a concert and party hosted by The Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF).


As part of their global goodwill tour, the players have designated two days of community outreach and will be visiting the Children’s Cancer Hospital 57357 and LeBaladna which seeks to help Egypt’s underprivileged communities and reform their infrastructure which includes education, health, food supply, and shelter.


The NFL players will be hosted locally by EFAF, the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) recognized governing body of American Football in Egypt, and the organizers of the Egyptian National Team.  EFAF currently has 7 teams affiliated with their league, with over 400 players, and is a socially responsible organization seeking the expansion, popularization, and the development of both tackle and flag football in Egypt.  American Football in Egypt is growing rapidly and just recently held their first international club friendly between the Cairo Wolves and Jordan’s Amman Barracudas.  International guests representing all nations across the Middle East and North Africa region will also be participating in this year’s camp in an effort to include and further promote American Football.


Media interested in attending any portion of the camp or charity events should make arranges through Todd Buelow, AFWB Board of Director Member (contact below).  Members of the Press, with credentials from their outlet, are invited to the Media Press Conference on March 5th.


Activities for the Press:

  • Saturday, March 5th Media Press Conference, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM


Social Media to Follow:


Roster of Players:

  • Breno Giacomini: New York Jets, Offensive Lineman
  • DeAngelo Williams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Running Back
  • Erik Lorig: New Orleans Saints / Free Agent, Fullback
  • Gary Barnidge: Cleveland Browns, Tight End
  • Johnson Bademosi: Cleveland Browns, Defensive End/Special Teams
  • Colby Cameron, Fujitsu Frontiers, Quarterback
  • Jordan Cameron: Miami Dolphins, Tight End
  • Marshawn Lynch: Seattle Seahawks, Running Back
  • Oday Aboushi: Houston Texans, Offensive Lineman
  • Craig Loston: Jacksonville Jaguars, Safety





About American Football Without Barriers

American Football Without Barriers is a non-profit organization dedicated to globalizing American football and reaching underprivileged communities with a humanitarian message. In addition to international camps, AFWB hosts several camps in the U.S. aimed at teaching underprivileged kids to play American football. To learn more about American Football Without Barriers please visit



Todd Buelow                                                               Ahmed Awadallah

Board Member, AFWB                                                Director, AFWB                                       


Amr Hebbo

Founder, Egyptian Federation of American Football