CAPS Fall Family Festival

Author: Irish Around the Bend


October, 2015. The bye week is a time to rest and recover, but its also a great opportunity to bring joy and inspiration to the kids within the community! The entire Notre Dame Football Team joined Kelly Cares Foundation to spend time at the CAPS Fall Family Festival in Elkhart recently. Led by Brian and Paqui Kelly, the guys spent a few hours playing games, taking pictures, signing autographs and listening to a story or two, bringing smiles to some precious faces!
Child And Parent Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of ensuring that every child in Elkhart County has the benefit of safe, stable, nurturing relationships in their childhood. Through education, advocacy and intervention, CAPS works with others in the community to build strong families and safe environments. Read More

Pheasants Forever

Author: Irish Around the Bend


October, 2015. To finish off the bye week, Nicky Baratti and Matthias Farley spent some time with the kids at a Pheasants Forever event. Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. Notre Dame Football players come from many different backgrounds, with many different interests… it adds to the experience and education that you can only get at the University of Notre Dame! Read More

Make A Wish

Author: Irish Around the Bend


October, 2015. The Notre Dame Football Family had the great opportunity to help make a wish come true for one of their biggest fans during the Navy game weekend. Jack Salmond is a 17-year old senior from Logan, Utah who wished to be a part of the Notre Dame Football Team for a game weekend. Accompanied by his parents Patty and Nyles and two of his sisters, Jack got to meet Coach Kelly, spend some time in meetings with the WR’s and attend practice on Thursday. Prior to the start of practice Thursday, Jack worked with the kickers to perfect his craft and nailed a FG in Notre Dame Stadium. Friday gave Jack and his family a chance to visit campus and eventually finish the day off on stage with the team at the Pep Rally followed by the team dinner. Gameday proved to be the most outstanding experience for Jack as he had the opportunity to walk with the team to the stadium, run out onto the field prior to kickoff and the culmination of the trip came when Jack got to be on the field with the team singing the alma-mater, arm-in-arm with the team… victorious! Thank for visiting us Jack! Here’s to you… our biggest fan in Logan, Utah! Read More

International Dot Day

Author: Irish Around the Bend


September, 2015. International Dot Day was celebrated this past September. Some Notre Dame Football Players along with some Irish Rowers got involved with Perley Elementary School for the occasion. International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage. The guys had a chance to help the kids talk about making their mark and discovering everyone’s abilities! Read More

Hospital Visit

Author: Irish Around the Bend


September, 2015. Focus on someone other than yourself! Some of the guys took some time on a Wednesday to head out to Memorial Hospital to visit with the kids in the pediatric unit. There was no special occasion, no event planned… this was just a way to put a smile on some faces! The guys represented Notre Dame Football just the way we have come to expect. They were friendly and personable, they told stories and asked questioned and created a bright spot in the day for some families in the hospital! Read More

Make A Wish

Author: Irish Around the Bend

In the week leading up to Notre Dame’s home contest with Navy, the Fighting Irish had a very special guest with them. Read More

Irish Score Big at Homeless Center (SB Tribune)

Author: Irish Around the Bend

Center for the homeless

Recently, Irish Tight End Troy Niklas inspired his teammates to raise money and awareness for South Bend’s Center for the Homeless culminating with a team dinner at the Center last monday on the first night of Fall break.

The South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar had a great write-up of the event in Tuesday’s paper. The article is available here. Read More

ND Football Visits ECDC

Author: Irish Around the Bend

Little kid trying on an NDFB Helmet

Notre Dame Football Players took time out of their busy schedules on game week to spend some time with young kids at a local pre-school. Senior Captain Offensive Lineman Zack Martin and Senior Linebacker Dan Fox visited the Early Childhood Development Center, located on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Read More

Tony Alford Inspires Pennsylvania Fifth Graders

Author: Timothy O'Connor


Notre Dame Running back coach Tony Alford has made a great impact on a 5th grade classroom in Bellefonte, PA.Thanks to Coach Alford the students at Bellefonte Elementary received an assignment called “Wake up the Echoes”. Wake up the Echoes, to those familiar with Notre Dame, symbolizes a return to its glory of years past. It refers to long standing traditions that are true to Notre Dame, the biggest ones of all being the traditions of excellence, winning, and success at the highest levels. Read More

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Author: Irish Around the Bend

Champions are made in the offseason… as it is often said.

The offseason, however, is about so much more than improving on the practice field and in the weight room. It’s a time for programs to instill values (such as last year’s “A-Team” philosophy) and perhaps more importantly, for student-athletes to grow in the classroom and away from their sport.

Among the five cornerstones that head coach Brian Kelly‘s program is built upon are the ideas of social and spiritual development, both of which are closely connected to community service…

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