American Football Without Barriers Seeking New Destinations

American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) ( is planning on heading out on its fifth consecutive international journey in 2017 and is looking for the best country to share their experience, knowledge and love of the game of football.
Founded and spearheaded by Cleveland Browns tight end  Gary Barnidge and New York Jet offensive lineman Breno Giacomini, AFWB has held its wildly popular football camp/clinic events in four different countries teaching people about the game.
From China to Brazil, Turkey to Egypt, this group of current and former NFL players has been bringing the game to places where football is still relatively unknown. However, partly as a result of their efforts, American football is rapidly gaining popularity in far flung countries.
AFWB - China-Brazil
Each year, AFWB sends out queries to a large number of countries where football is still in its infancy. They need to select a destination where they feel their efforts will have the greatest impact and help promote the game of football.
So, AFWB has been sending out a Request for Proposal (RFP) asking the recipients to share their country’s interest in participating in the RFI process.
Everywhere they go the popularity of football skyrockets. Most recently in Egypt, hundreds turned out to work out and play football in downtown Cairo. Other NFL stars on the trip included Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Cooper Helfet, Cleveland Browns Alex Mack, Barkevious Mingo, Jordan Cameron and Johnson BademosiCarolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams as well as NFL linebackers Thomas Keiser and Will Stuvek.
The group typically spends a week in each country, teaching and traveling, spreading the word of American football.
AFWB - 2016 cover shot
So if you have already received a request for information or would like to get more information, make sure to contact  Todd Buelow and let him know. His email address is [email protected]. Don’t waste time though. The deadline is coming up fast.

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.