June 9, 2004
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 2004 Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp will kickoff June 30 with 52 participants, including men from 18 different states, Australia and Great Britain. The average age of the 48 players is 45 years, while the four honorary coaches average 62 years. 10 of this year’s participants are “returning lettermen,” having attended last year’s camp.
The camp runs from June 30 through July 4, and provides participants with a unique insight into the Notre Dame football program. Current and former coaches, as well as star players from years past, will conduct three practice sessions on Cartier Fields, utilizing all the facilities available to the Notre Dame football team.
Irish head coach Tyrone Willingham will welcome the players at their first practice, on Thursday, July 1. Offensive line coach John McDonell, along with linebackers coach Greg Mattison and defensive backs coach Steve Wilks will direct the workouts, with assistance by former Irish staff members Peter Vaas, Tony Yelovich and Brian Boulac. Vaas just returned from his 4th season as an NFL Europe Head Coach, while Boulac and Yelovich are both currently assistant athletic directors at Notre Dame.
The campers will utilize the varsity locker rooms inside the Stadium each day, where each will have his own personalized locker full of authentic practice and game apparel. The coaches will divide the participants into blue and gold squads following practice on Thursday. On Friday, July 2, the campers will have a pre-game work out in the morning, followed by a golf outing at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course.
On the final day of camp, attendees will follow the traditional pre-game schedule which includes mass, pre-game meal, and team meetings in the morning, followed by dressing in the locker room, touching the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign, and running out of the tunnel for a flag football game in Notre Dame Stadium.
For more information on the Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp, please visit www.ndfootballfantasycamp.com.
Further information can be obtained by contacting camp director Patrick Steenberge at (817) 326-3578 or at patrick @globalfootball.com.