Posts Tagged ‘NFL’


Tuesday, February 14th, 2017


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

American Football Without Barriers is proud to announce their 5th annual camp and charity visit to take place in Helsinki, Finland, February 21st thru March 1st, 2017. The event is organized by the SAJL a Finnish government approved non-profit organization that promotes American Football and its different variations in elite and recreational playing by spreading knowledge of the game in Finland.   After successful camps in China in 2013, Brazil in 2014, Turkey in 2015, and Egypt in 2016 12 top National Football League (NFL) players are heading to Finland, the first AFWB International camp in Europe.

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 12 professional athletes will include All-Pro Tight Ends Gary Barnidge and Jordan Cameron, Super Bowl Champion Breno Giacomini, and All-Pro Running Back DeAngelo Williams.  Over the course of the week they will teach on-field technical skill building and leadership to Youth, Women, and Men that are part of SAJL. The players will also hold a Coaches Clinic with in-class instruction and on-field implementation.

As part of their global goodwill tour, the players have designated two days of community outreach and will be visiting various non-profits in and around Finland.

The NFL players will be hosted locally by SAJL, the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) recognized governing body of American Football in Finland, and the organizers of the Finland Mens and Womens National Team. SAJL currently has 39 Member Clubs with over 3000 players, and is actively engaged in growing American Football among the Finnish Men, Women, and Youth. They have National Teams for men, women, under 19, under 17, and under 15.  Since 2000 annual American Football numbers have tripled (annual growth approximately 12%) and SAJL has been a member of the Finish Olympic committee since 2014.

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).

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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

About SAJL

American Football Association of Finland was founded in 1979. Our mission is to organize and promote American football and its different variations elite and recreational playing by spreading knowledge of the game in Finland together with our quality member clubs as well as being active participant in international American football bodies. Currently SAJL has 39 member clubs and 3300 license participants in men’s and women’s leagues as well as in six different youth categories.

SAJL is member of Finnish Olympic Committee and International Federation of American Football IFAF. For more information visit


Todd Buelow
Board Member, AFWB

Mika Laurila
Head of Communications

March 1 2015 – Istanbul Day Three – Day Two of Camp – Men and Women

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

By:  Barkevious Mingo

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Wow!  Day 2 of our camp was a blast and I did not realize it was setting a statement for future generations to come.

We welcomed the under 19 men campers as well as approximately 50 Flag Football Women.  This was the first year we had a specific call for women to attend and they did not disappoint.  I discovered women team sports are relatively new in Turkey as they were previously frowned upon and women were not allowed to participate in sporting activities.  The women in attendance are truly pioneers in breaking down the walls in a cultural that made it difficult if not near impossible for women to play sports.

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Also, we had planned on having the men and women break apart for some drills and combine at the end.  We did not give any thought to the statement it would make to have men and women participating in drills together; however this would have been taboo in the past.  The amazing thing was that the men and women in attendance did not flinch when we had them perform drills together.  It was almost as if this was the norm in the Turkey culture.  After the fact we were told how this would have been unheard of until just recently.  I was really proud of all in attendance and the effort all gave.

Outside the camp it has been great to see my teammates from last season.  After the season breaks we tend to go in different directions until our pre-season starts.  AFWB gives us a great opportunity to bond outside the football field.

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Additionally, we get to meet great players from other teams and trade stories about our NFL experience.

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Thanks everyone for the opportunity to share my day today.






Brazil 2014 – Football meets Philanthropy – Camp Week Begins

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014