Sept. 17, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Indiana ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” The University of Notre Dame Monogram Club will launch its 100-year anniversary celebration this weekend as the Club welcomes back several members, including its board of directors, for the football game versus Georgia Tech.
“A Century of Commitment to Notre Dame”
It’s fitting that the celebration commences during a home football weekend since the Club was founded in 1916 by two gridiron coaches. Then Notre Dame athletics director, and head football coach, Jesse Harper along with assistant coach Knute Rockne revived an idea from Frank Herring, the first full-time Irish football coach, about establishing a Varsity Club.
Currently, the Monogram Club is comprised of former student-athletes from Notre Dame’s 26 varsity sports, as well as the now defunct field hockey and wrestling programs. Club membership also includes student managers, student trainers, cheerleaders and video technicians, as well as a number of individuals who have been recognized as honorary Monogram recipients for their unparalleled commitment to Notre Dame and the athletics department.
The Club’s motto is “Bridging the Gap Between Legend and Legacy” and throughout the next 15 months it will showcase the remarkable stories of Monogram winners and the lives led after leaving Notre Dame. The Club also will highlight its programs and initiatives that benefit current and former student-athletes along with the organization’s evolution into an industry leader.
There are over 8,000 living Monogram winners spread throughout the world and the Club hopes to connect with them during the celebration, which will illustrate the Club’s support of the five pillars of Notre Dame athletics: tradition, faith, education, excellence and community.
The Monogram Club will highlight its history and traditions this fall before transitioning to the winter where it will show how faith impacts the organization and its members. In the spring, the Club’s focus will be its involvement with education and it will showcase the excellence of Monogram winners during the summer.
Community will be the focal point next fall as the Club gears up for the anniversary’s official celebration, which will take place the weekend of the Notre Dame-Miami football game (Oct. 29, 2016).
“The Monogram Club is not just made up of student-athletes, it is comprised of athletes who are also great students. I am always heartened when I see them move on and excel in the business and professional worlds, after graduation.” – Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.