September 2023

Welcome to the 26th Edition of our monthly newsletter. Summer came and went. An eventful August will turn into an action-packed September. Because the end of summer means fall is coming and fall equals football in America.

In this month’s edition, you can read about our young men in college, learn what one special state has meant for Gridiron Imports over the last couple of years, and see some of the top performers from the showcase in Düsseldorf.

Our Family Members will be kicking into gear and we are incredibly excited to witness their progress and see the results they will undoubtedly accrue with their schools this season.

We have several irons in the fire and can’t wait to show the world what we are working on. As we can’t guarantee everything will come to fruition, we can’t fully divulge yet what’s to come, but perhaps our donors will get a sneak peak or early access?

What we can tell is that we have started transitioning all profiles to the new platform we have in partnership with GMTM. We are really excited about the opportunities this move presents.

You can read more about it here.


We appreciate all of you who have elected to participate in our Patreon program. Through your monthly donations ($5, $10, or $20), we can support the great young men we work with around the globe in a multitude of ways, ranging from recruiting support to direct financial assistance with matters beyond the basic cost of attendance.  

Donations can also be made through our website.

If you wish to donate by check or bank transfer, please contact us directly.

Your support goes towards visa fees, plane tickets, health insurance, and other expenses for our Gridiron Imports Family.  We also use your donations to subsidize our College Camp tour and keep it the most affordable and valuable opportunity available to International football players each summer. Your tax-deductible contributions also allow us to serve the players we have in the US now and work hard to create the next batch of trailblazers and future stars here in the US. 


Gridiron Imports Showcase!

Our first-ever fall showcase was a great success with more than a hundred participants from all over Europe. These events are not only a chance for players to prove themselves, but they also serve a great purpose for networking and building relationships with coaches and organizations. This time we were hosted by the Düsseldorf Panthers who helped with great coaching. Thank you, and congratulations on the 2023 German Junior Bowl win!

In this edition of the newsletter, we wish to shine a light on Five of the Best at the Düsseldorf showcase!
Read more below.

Also a big thank you to Simoné Nothelle-Woters (@ferret_lettering) for taking pictures like the one above.


The Box Score

Valentin Senn has started the first few games for the surging UConn Huskies at Left Tackle

For the Gettysburg College, Konrad Vandborg has seen his role as Quarterback increase, and against Montclair State the Danish native threw one yard short of the century mark, completing 50% of his passes and a touchdown. Some of those completions were to his fellow Viking, Walle Harwigsson, who had 70 all-purpose yards, bringing his total to 263 yards, 99 of those on 8 receptions. On the other side of the ball, Defensive Tackle Jan Klinger has made a tackle in both games

The Dickinson Red Devil family member Anton Jacobs has managed to get a tackle in each game this year after moving to the Defensive Line. Sophomore teammate Leon Friebel managed to snag his first two balls of the season, both for 4 yards. Their other Defensive Lineman, from Elmshorn Fighting Pirates, Neville Krueger, started the season strong with 4 tackles in their season opener.

Another Offensive Lineman proving himself is Konstantin Spörk, who earned himself a nod on the preseason All-Ivy League team.

The first family member to score this year was William Testa, who put up a 32-yard FG against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Up in Ypsilantii, the big plays seem synonymous with Andreas Paaske. The big Tight End caught a 21-yarder against Howard University.


Making Virginia Feel Like Home

The State of Virginia has become a great destination for the Gridiron Imports Family over the past few years.  

Fork Union Military Academy has provided post-grad opportunities for multiple members of our Family including Konstantin Spork (Germany, Dartmouth College) and currently Anthony Tittel (Germany).  Kenston Forrest is a new school for us this year but is providing a massive opportunity to big TE/DE Gergely Hudak from Hungary.

Blue Ridge School is a second home for Sebastien Wonderstern (Austria/Slovakia) and Cedric Jungmann (Germany).  St. Anne’s Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA is off to a strong start this season with German Family Members Joel Wolf, Ole Sebald, and Tim Hamann making an impact. 

North Cross School has been a great partner in Virginia for several years.  Hannes Hammer (Germany, Virginia Tech) is a noteworthy GI/NCS Alum.  At the moment, Moritz Schmoranzer (Germany, Pittsburgh commit) Moritz Mittendorfer (Austria), Eason Zhou (China), Jonas Skoog (Sweden), Mika Droste (Germany), Sander Frogner (Norway), Jeroen Van der Elst (Switzerland) are all in Roanoke and playing for the Red Raiders.


Showcase Standouts

Jack Keuchel - 6’2, 243lbs, 13 years old - OL, Potsdam Royals

Nikolas Kampas - 6’7, 265lbs, 15 years old - DL, Schiefbahn Riders

Baird Connor - 6’1, 188lbs, 16 years old - QB, Danube Dragons

Jim Hildebrandt - 5’10, 166lbs, 17 years old - LB, Leipzig Hawks

Linus Gr. Feldhaus - 6’4, 308lbs, 18 years old - OL, Hamburg Young Huskies

While these five were standout performances, they weren’t the only five noteworthy players. Keep your eyes and ears open, and you might hear more from us about some of the others …


The Honor Roll

The following families, individuals, and schools have made contributions to the Foundation since we transitioned to non-profit status:

Chris and Alisa Adamson and Family

Bjoern and Denise Werner and Family 

Erik and Alex Dahl and Family

Michael Johnson and Family

Will Powell

Chris Rhodes and Family

Paul Mylott Darren and Debbi Castro and Family

Rickard and Jessica Nilsson and Family

Dr. Alexander Vollert and Christina Stadelmann & Family 

Debbie Moore and Family 

Robert and Julie Webster and Family 

Bob and Jamie Adamson 

Racheli Cohen and Family

Wolfgang and Claudia Spörk and Family

Kinga and Jakub Szymanski and Family 

Justin and Kristin Thormodsgard and Family 

Irene Antkowiak 

Max Braeueri 

Steven Mansour 

Nico Dinkelborg 

Frank and Svenja Steffens 

Jannik Ebben 

Damon and Rachel Ferrara and Family 

Dan Adamson 

Alexander Neundlinger 

Daniel Otto

David Letzel 

Jann Sprecher 

Thomas Phillip Jäger 

Matthiad Hohenauer 

Michael Duss 

Simon Wilsdorf 

Christopher Münzel 

Fabian Deringer 

Andreas Lüscher 

Konstantin Will 

Hans-Georg Scholler 

Sven Bruns 

Joshua Kolz 

Till Menne 

Kate Wambach 

Steffen Buenting 

Dennis Richter 

Rafael Hauser 

Moritz Raum 

Mika Kalkbrenner 

Christian Jortzik 

Peter Daletzki 

Raf and Stephanie Steins 

Lauren Butler 

Jens and Kristiane Vandborg 

Matthias and Katja Krebs 

The Kuehl Family 

Peter Claußnitzer and Family 

David Perfield and Family 

Mathias Richter 

Ronny Moriana 

Lukas Durchholz 

Till Werner 

Michael Just 

Geert Hahn 

Bruno Sojat and Family 

Chad Tew 

Kai-Erik and Pati Lyck and Family 

Robin Dettmar 

Jan Burell and Family 

David Giglio 

The Mittendorfer Family 

Jeff Hollway and Family 

The Batchen Family 

Seth Oseransky 

Dylan Stewart 

Marcus Wagner 

Alejandra Gonza and Family 

Ronny Moriana and Family 

Thomas Müller and Family 

Daniel Antoni 

Thane Watkins 

Jason Osborne and Family 

Forret West 

Noel Jäger 

Wilke Osterkamp 

Derek White and Family 

Preston and Mellissa Whitworth 

Dirk Kirasch and Family 

Brooks School 

Casady School 

The Governor's Academy 

The Linsly School 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy

The Paschos Family


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