The gridiron will serve as the location of a unique show of cooperation between the militaries of the United States and Mexico when Mexico’s Military Academy, Heroico Colegio Militar (HCM), plays an exhibition American-style football game with the U.S. Naval Academy Sprint Football team, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Rip Miller Field on USNA grounds.
“The joining of our military academies on the field of athletic competition is a unique cooperative event,” said Vice Adm. Ted Carter, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. “The Mexican cadets and our Naval Academy midshipmen will build on the sense of esprit de corps and camaraderie uniquely shared by men and women in uniform. This athletic bonding by our future military leaders continues to build on our relationship as partners and neighbors.”
- The event is free of charge and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
- This will be the second time the Navy Sprint Football Team plays the HCM team. Last year’s inaugural game in Mexico City marked the first time the Navy Sprint team engaged in international competition in its 70-year history.
- In addition to the football game, the cadets and midshipmen will attend classes and meals together, participate in a post-game reception, and the Mexican team will travel to Washington D.C. to visit cultural landmarks.
- Sprint Football is a type of American Football with a 172-pound weight limit that emphasizes speed and agility.
- Sprint Football is a varsity sport at USNA.
- The HCM, located in Mexico City, trains officers for service in the arms infantry, cavalry, artillery, armor, and as combat engineers in the Mexican Army.
For more information about the USNA Sprint Football team, visit http://www.navysports.com/sports/m-sprintfb/navy-m-sprintfb-body.html#.
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