Dec. 15, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
Editor’s Note: Over the next two weeks, the Monogram Club will release a series of video features highlighting key Club events held during the 2011 football campaign. Check back on Tuesday for a recap of the Nov. 19 honorary Monogram presentation to softball head coach Deanna Gumpf.
The Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded letter jackets to 135 first-time monogram winners at the organization’s annual fall letter jacket ceremony Oct. 11 in the Joyce Center.
The importance of this memento was stressed by keynote speaker Kate Sobrero Markgraf (’98), a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008) and a member of the 1995 Notre Dame women’s soccer national championship team. Markgraf provided color commentary for ESPN during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
“Notre Dame student-athletes know that to build a foundation to be successful in life and to develop a great reservoir of resilience, you must be challenged academically, athletically, socially and spiritually,” Markgraf said. “You can become anything, and your experiences at this University will help you in every aspect of your life.”
To watch video highlights of the ceremony, click here. The piece includes commentary from Markgraf, University president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. (’76, ’78) and athletics director Jack Swarbrick (’76).
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