Our Foundation


The Gridiron Imports Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that supports the international growth of football and changes lives by helping football players from around the world attain opportunities to play football and pursue their education at the high school and college level in the United States.

The World of Football

The growth of football and interest in football outside of the United States is not a new phenomenon nor is the ever increasing quality of the actual football being played outside of the US. The reality is that today, the rest of the world is producing more and more football players capable of competing at the high school and college level (and beyond) than ever before.  The Gridiron Imports Foundation has created the pathway to access. 

Gridiron Imports Foundation In Action

Our foundation is designed to:

  • Financially assist our Gridiron Imports family member athletes with expenses such as insurance and other school or travel related costs.
  • Create free recruiting assistance and educational consulting for qualified college or high school bound international football players.
  • Run affordable showcases where potential prospects can demonstrate their ability and connect with coaches in or near their home countries.
  • Provide a cost effective tour of college recruiting camps each June in the US where our Gridiron Imports family demonstrates their skill and potential for college coaches in person.

Bjoern Werner

  • German born and raised
  • Started playing American Football with the Berlin Adler
  • Attended Salisbury School (boarding school) in US
  • Received D1 Scholarship to attend Florida State University
  • All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year at Florida State University
  • NFL 1st round pick by the Indianapolis Colts
  • Only German ever drafted in 1st Round of the NFL Draft

Chris Adamson

  • Ivy League football player and graduate, Dartmouth College.
  • 20 years of experience as a head coach, teacher, admissions associate and college counselor at the college and prep school level
  • As a coach helped more than 100 players play college football- over 40 at the D1 level and 6 to the NFL
  • Extensive international experience with football including camps, showcases and events in Germany, Mexico, China and Costa Rica.