Sept. 21, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team will look to further a cause close to its heart when the Irish host their annual charity game and jersey auction against Boston College on October 11.

Proceeds from the jersey auction and donations collected on game day will go to benefit the SEGway Project, an initiative founded by former Fighting Irish soccer player Lindsay Brown (’12), which stands for “Soccer Empowering Girls Worldwide & You.” The SEGway Project is a nonprofit organization that uses soccer to empower girls in the developing world, helping them to fulfill their potential both on and off the field.

Brown founded the SEGway Project after a 2011 trip to Surkhet, Nepal, to visit the girls of the Kopila Valley School. After witnessing the transformative role of soccer in the lives of the girls, Brown set out to change the taboos surrounding girls playing sports in the region to show their power to teach girls to be competitive, to gain self-confidence and to acquire the life skills to be leaders.

As part of the build-up to the charity game, the Irish will launch a juggling challenge on social media. Using the hashtag #17for17, those nominated will have to juggle a soccer ball (or any other object, such as a tennis ball or hockey puck) 17 times or donate $17 dollars to the SEGway Project. The number 17 represents the 17 million school-age girls who will never have the opportunity to enter school.

The jerseys the Irish wear during the game against Boston College will be auctioned off at a later date, with more details to follow.

To donate or learn more about the SEGway Project, visit

Season and single game tickets for Notre Dame women’s soccer are on sale now. Visit or call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at 574-631-7356.

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— Joanne Norell, Athletics Communications Assistant