Aug. 28, 2006

The Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp, in existence just four years, has received such wonderful reception among active Fighting Irish fans that there will be a second session offered in 2007 to accommodate the demand. Organizers are insistent on maintaining the quality personal experience for each participant, so will maintain the 60-man roster maximum. However, they have already registered 60 players and honorary coaches for next summer, so have worked out a way to provide another 5-day Fantasy Camp. This has been achieved without even opening registration officially, as 45 of those signed up already are “returning fantasy camp lettermen”.

Mark Smith, 46 years old of Tennessee sent this note:
“Count me in for the next 2 years, so I can play for all four years I am eligible.”

And Paul Rokosz, age 53 from Pennsylvania, who attended the 2004 Camp tells us:
“I am ready to come out of retirement. Count me in!”

Dates for the 2007 Camps are as follows:
Session I- Wednesday, June 27-Sunday, July 1
Session II- Sunday, July 1-Thursday, July 5

Accommodations for Session I will be at the classy Varsity Clubs of America Hotel, located 10 minutes off campus and boasting the finest collection of Irish memorabilia of any hotel property, along with spacious suites for each guest. Session II will return to the historic Morris Inn on campus, just a short walk away from all campus facilities. The total cost for each session is $5490, with the net proceeds from the Camp going to aid the ND Monogram Club’s scholarship efforts for sons and daughters of former Irish athletes.

The entire Notre Dame Football Staff will be helping with the camps, including assistant coaches, graduate assistants, recruiting coordinators, equipment and training personnel. A special element of each session will be the appearance and message from Head Coach Charlie Weis, who is also making available the newly opened Guglielmino Football Building for use by the Camp participants for meetings, video, computer use and lounges.

There will be four total practice sessions led by Irish coaches and former star players, covering offense, defense, special teams, game planning, team preparation, etc. The Camp highlight is the Fantasy Flag Game played in Notre Dame Stadium, complete with public address announcer, audio clips, scoreboard, game officials, and preparation in the stadium varsity locker room. Players will also be outfitted in official game jerseys and pants, adidas cleats, practice jerseys, shorts, t-shirts and hats, all fitting into the camp duffel bag. First year players (freshmen) will receive their Notre Dame gold helmet after the game, presented at the Awards Banquet in the President’s Box of the Press Box.

For information and registration go to Email questions and comments to Camp Director Patrick Steenberge, or call Yvonne or Becky at Anthony Travel, 800-366-3772