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Dutch busy on service day before Mexico football contest

Football | Dec. 14, 2012

VALLE DEL SOL, MEXICO--Central senior linebacker Seth Carson (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and his three Dutch teammates were part of a service day for Team Stars & Stripes as the Division III squad prepares for Saturday's Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) in nearby Guadalajara.

The U.S. team staged a football clinic for area youth and participated in a work project, clearing area land to make it more suitable as a children's play area.

“This was an amazingly positive day that will leave a lasting impact on our team, and on the people of the Valle del Sol area,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge.  “Days like this keep me motivated to continue to grow Global Football.”

Game time Saturday is noon (Central Time) for the contest with an all-star squad of Mexican collegians. A Spanish-language webcast will be available at

Central has a dominant presence at the U.S. camp. Carson is joined by Ben Lechtenberg (Manchester, West Delaware HS), a 6-5, 225-pound wide receiver, Andrew Weaks (Fulton, Ill.), a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker and all-Iowa Conference honorable mention pick Colton Smith (Kearney, Mo.), a 5-10, 255-pound offensive lineman. They are part of a 48-man squad that includes players from 28 Division III colleges.

Dutch defensive coordinator Don De Waard is the team's head coach while athletic training education program director John Roslien is player personnel director and Frank Neu serves as head athletic trainer. Senior athletic training students Bruce Behrens and Nick Zander are also assisting, along with former Central team surgeon Dan Vande Lune.

The Central contingent is photographed below. First row, left to right: Colton Smith, Seth Carson, coach Don De Waard, Andrew Weaks, Ben Lechtenber. Second row: Dr. Daniel Vande Lune, athletic training student Nick Zander, athletic training program director John Roslien, athletic training student Bruce Behrens, head athletic trainer Frank Neu.

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