Irish Around The Bend is the community service arm of the Notre Dame Football program. Irish Around The Bend is focused on serving and helping those in the South Bend community and Michiana region.
The Fighting Irish players and coaches are committed to giving back and making a difference in the lives of others – from elementary students to senior citizens. They want to proactively engage with the community.
Speaking at events, helping with service projects or signing autographs, Irish Around The Bend knows no bounds. The program aims to positively impact any group in the community that seeks Notre Dame’s support. Hospitals, elementary schools, youth leagues, church groups – there is hardly a group the Irish will not make an effort to visit or an event they will not participate in, so long as it is within NCAA compliance guidelines.
Irish Around the Bend centers around three of head coach Brian Kelly’s Five Pillars for Notre Dame Football – intellectual, spiritual and social. The Fighting Irish also work closely with associate athletic director Mike Harrity to support the events within the Student Welfare & Development office.
Irish Around the Bend is about being other-centered. It’s reaching out. It’s helping the community. It’s making a difference in someone else’s life.
It’s about student-athletes developing into well-rounded individuals. It’s about the love and care in one’s heart to do for others. And it’s about the players and coaches in the Notre Dame football program doing anything they can to better the lives of those around them.