Nile C. Kinnick All-Stars participate in 2013 Tomodachi Bowl
Continuing the tradition of promoting friendship and cultural exchange with the host nation, student football players from Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka, Nile C. Kinnick High School participated in the annual 2013 Tomodachi Bowl held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 10.
Tomodachi Bowl features all-star players selected from Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools all over Japan, to include Seoul American, American School in Japan, Zama, Kubasaki, Kadena, host school Yokota and Nile C. Kinnick High Schools. Team Kanto was represented by Hosei and Waseda University High Schools.
Originally called Camellia Bowl, the game was re-named Tomodachi Bowl in 2012 in honor of good will and respect fostered between Japan and U.S. during joint disaster recovery efforts that followed the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Elementary grades 1-3 and 4-6 flag football games between the United States and Japan and a Junior High School “Rough Touch” football game between the American Little Tigers and the Japanese Hurricanes also headlined the day.
Commander, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, Col. Mark R. August gave opening remarks which emphasized the continuation of strengthening the bond between the U.S. forces and the Japanese community while also not forgetting those who suffered due to the March 11 disaster.