ARISTOTLE NAKOS SELECTED TO AMERICAN FOOTBALL WORLDWIDE ELITE TEAM; WILL REPRESENT USA IN MATCHUP AGAINST ITALIAN U19 NATIONAL TEAM
CHICAGO, IL – Aristotle Nakos (Orland Park, IL) from Mount Carmel High School will represent the United States as part of the American Football Worldwide ELITE select team that will travel to Italy for a week of educational touring, serving as ambassadors for American football and culminating the week participating in an international game against the national 19U team of Italy. The game will take place at the Franco Ossola Sports Center in Varese, east of Milan, on April 7, 2018.
Nakos is a running back and safety from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Illinois. In his senior season, he helped his team to a 9-4 overall record making it to the semi-finals in the IHSA 7A Playoffs. Nakos earned Chicago Catholic League All-Conference recognition and was voted the team’s MVP.
American Football Worldwide’s ELITE team is built from recommendations and nominations from high school coaches and the NCSA (Next College Student Athlete) recruiting service. The US representative roster has representation from every region of the United States with over sixteen states represented.
The team and tour party will travel from Rome in central Italy to the tip of Lake Como just north of Milan. During the week the players will tour many of the historical icons of Italy including the Roman Coliseum and Forum, the piazzas of Rome, Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, Sienna, Florence, Cinque Terra and Milan.
“I’m excited to learn about Italian culture along with establishing relationships with the Italian football players and American teammates,” said Nakos.
This game will be the 8th contest between AFW ELITE and American football teams in Europe. In March of 2013 and 2014 AFW ELITE traveled to France for a similar educational and cultural tour defeating the French national U19 team on two occasions. The past three years AFW ELITE accepted an invitation from the Italian Federation of American Football earning victories each year over the Italian national U19 team. Last year AFW ELITE pulled away from the Irish National U20 team with a 53-6 win in the inaugural contest with their second contest scheduled for Saturday, March 31st 2018 in Navan, Ireland northwest of Dublin.