Jim Harbaugh certainly knows how the raise the bar, especially when the bar he is raising is his own.
In a release on Monday, the University of Michigan football program announced that it will be headed to Rome, Italy for a week of education and spring drills.
“Over the past few decades student-athletes in other sports have had the opportunity to participate in international training trips to practice and prepare for the upcoming season,” Athletic Director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for these young men to learn about and experience another culture, connect with the people of Italy, and showcase American football internationally. The University of Michigan has always encouraged our students to gain knowledge through international experiences and we are so glad to provide them with this opportunity.”
According to the release, the football team will spend the week in Rome to learn about the Italian culture, including trips to famous historical landmarks, visiting orphanages to spend time with youth, among other things. On the football side of the equation, the team will be holding practices at AS Roma, a professional Italian football club.
The football team will also be hosting a youth clinic and a scrimmage open to the Italian public.
“We were looking to provide our student-athletes with a great educational, cultural and international football experience,” U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. “I am excited that our student-athletes will be able to take advantage of this amazing educational opportunity, be exposed to another culture and be ambassadors for the United States and the University of Michigan during our visit to Rome.”
The trip will also provide opportunities for the players internship and study abroad opportunities as well.
The spring trek will conclude in Michigan Stadium on Saturday, April 15 where the Wolverines will hold their annual Spring Game.