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Irish Will Open Training Camp At Culver Academies

July 25, 2014

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame announced today that the football team will open its 2014 training camp on Monday, Aug. 4 in Culver, Ind., at Culver Academies. The Irish will go through their acclimatization portion of training camp. Notre Dame will ultimately conduct five practices on site before transitioning to its customary LaBar Football Practice Fields on Saturday, Aug. 9.

“Culver Military Academy will provide a unique and rewarding opportunity for our football program as we embark on the 2014 season,” said fifth-year head coach Brian Kelly. “Culver holds a special place in my heart as my family has participated in camps on the grounds for years. We were able to initiate a successful program last year at Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center. Culver will significantly help improve the experience for our team this fall.”

“We are happy to welcome Notre Dame back to Culver,” Head of Schools John Buxton said. “Culver and the Irish have enjoyed a great relationship through years dating back to Knute Rockne and Bob Peck. Lou Holtz brought his teams here in 1995 and 1996. Our teams have played at ND on several occasions and Notre Dame teams have used our facilities over the years. This exchange gives our coaches and student-athletes the opportunity to see in action the ideals we aspire to with our programs.”

DID YOU KNOW? Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne and Culver’s Bob Peck played for the Massilion Tigers in 1917. Rockne gave the dedication speech for the Culver Recreation Building in 1924. He also gave a pep talk to Peck’s team prior to the Eagles’ game against St. John’s Military Academy, which was played at Soldier Field on Nov. 8, 1930. Rockne (ND) and Peck (Pitt) are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

“I believe that the great value of athletics lies in keeping the student body physically fit. I know of no place, with the possible exception of the United States Military Academy, where the athletic program is handled as well or where they get the results that they do at Culver.” – Knute Rockne, University of Notre Dame Football Coach, at the dedication of the Culver Recreation Building April 21, 1924

ABOUT CULVER: Located 45 minutes south of the University of Notre Dame, Culver Academies features a 1,700-acre campus nestled on the north shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Athletic facilities include a new athletic turf field, sod practice field, indoor/outdoor tennis complex, hockey rink with two sheets of ice, rowing facility with rowing tanks, team weight room, general fitness center, swimming pool, wrestling room, indoor track, racquetball courts, and five basketball/multipurpose courts.

Culver graduates have played/are playing for the Fighting Irish in fencing, football, hockey, men’s lacrosse, rowing, and softball. Others have played/are playing in the NHL, NFL, and Major League Lacrosse, and have represented the United States in the Winter and Summer Olympics.

The wireless main campus provides housing for 800 students. The Lay Dining Center can seat 850 people, Eppley Auditorium offers 1,492 seats, and Eilleen Dicke Theater has 132 seats. Additional meeting space is available in the Roberts Hall of Science and the Dicke Hall of Mathematics.

Culver Academies is a coeducational college preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12. Culver Military Academy was founded in 1894 and Culver Girls Academy was founded in 1971. The enrollment is comprised of a student body from 38 states and 23 countries. Split between two campuses, Culver Summer Schools & Camps enrolls 1,400 boys and girls from 40 states and 38 countries.

Alumni include Oscar-nominated actor Hal Holbrook, author Jon Scieszka, Weather Channel founder Frank Batten, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, Brooklyn/LA Dodgers owner Walter P. O’Malley, Cincinnati Reds owner Lou Nippert, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/producer Josh Logan, movie critic Gene Siskel, Abbott Laboratories Chairman and CEO Miles D. White, Cummins Inc. Chairman and CEO James A. Henderson (retired), and NHL stars Gary Suter (retired), Ryan Suter, and John-Michael Liles. For more information, visit

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