There is no prouder feeling for an athlete than to stand alongside his peers, hand over heart, decked out in his country’s colors and listen as the national anthem plays.
And to do it while playing our country’s favorite sport makes it all the more special.
USA Football is accepting nominations from youth league, middle school and junior high school coaches for athletes who would best represent the United States at the 2016 International Bowl. Players will not only represent the highest caliber talent in our nation but strong character and leadership as well.
Linebacker GRANT WATANABE of San Antonio Brennan High School has been selected to play on the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The U.S. Under-19 National Team will take on Team Canada at 7:30 p.m. CT Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The 2014 International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.
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Brett Kokesh represented his country for the first time earlier this year, playing for the 2013 U.S. Under-18 National Team in an International Bowl game against Football Canada.