|Mitchell and Coach Cat post game with the trophy.|
"The coolest part of the week was the post game locker room. The Mexican's had beaten the U.S. in our game, American Football, so there was a lot of motivation for the guys on the team. Afterwards, there was a desire to sing the fight song as many of us do after a game. Well, as a conglomerate, we came up with the National Anthem as our "fight song." It was one of the more incredible experiences I have had as a coach. The fight song was lead by one of our quarterbacks, who is a student at the US Merchant Marine Academy. He will enlist for service to our country after his graduation. It was a really cool moment, and there was no one that I would rather have had lead that song than Alex," said Coach Catanzaro.
"It was a great experience. The level of competition in both practice and in the game, was a step up from what I am used to. When you have All-American's at six or seven different positions, it is amazing how you raise your level of practice just to keep up," said Mitchell.
|TEAM USA POST GAME WITH THE TROPHY-|
(MITCHELL Center front row)
"One of the highlights for me was the community service event. We met some people who are much less fortunate than I am. I am glad that we could give back to the community a little while we were there," continued Mitchell.
On the Thursday before the game, the team went to a poor community in Guadalajara and donated time to a local youth organization cleaning up fields of play, painting a basketball court and play room, and giving a football clinic to the children.
"I am pleased that Al and I were able to have such a rewarding experience. I hope that his representation of Lake Forest opens up the door for more of our players in the future. He played a great game, and especially considering that he was asked to play out of position some, I thought he handled it with great poise and maturity," said Catanzaro.
The official game recap can be read here: GAME RECAP