Sept. 24, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team will host the sixth annual Grassroot Soccer (GRS) Tournament Sept. 29-Oct. 5. The 3v3 barefoot tournament is open to all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff. The registration deadline is Sunday.

Tournament Web Site

Tournament Dates/Times:
Monday, Sept. 29 from 6-8 p.m. (ET)
Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6-7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (semifinals during halftime of Notre Dame-Boston College men’s game)
Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (final during halftime of Notre Dame-Virginia women’s game)

North Quad on the University of Notre Damecampus (for preliminary-round games)

Team Details:
3-5 players per team (can be coed)
You may register as a team or a free agent, and teams may have up to five players.

Registration Fee:
$20 per team

Online Registration Deadline:
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. (ET)

For more info, contact:
Ciara O’Halloran,

All funds raised support GRS, an international nonprofit that uses the power of soccer to save lives by preventing the spread of HIV in Africa and across the globe.

The Notre Dame men’s soccer program has a very close connection to GRS. Dr. Tommy Clark, the eldest son of Irish head coach Bobby Clark, is the founder and CEO of the organization. The Fighting Irish squad has held a preseason match to benefit GRS each of the last 11 seasons. During the team’s three-week journey to Zimbabwe this summer the players, coaches and staff were able to receive hands-on experience with the cause that is so close to them.

“The soccer was good and the sightseeing was phenomenal, but the one thing that separated this foreign trip from the other three that we’ve taken as a program was the service component,” Bobby Clark said. “It let the guys see close-up how Grassroot Soccer works and it allowed them to be a part of it and see how lucky they are to be in this country. The one thing that I’m sure also hit them was how happy the kids were even though they didn’t have very much. They were very welcoming and they loved having our guys around and that made it easy for our players to reciprocate and give something back to them.”

Positive Tracks, a national non-profit based in New Hampshire that helps young people get active and give back using the power of athletic, will match the total amount dollar-for-dollar. Positive Tracks plugs into charitable athletic efforts, and benefits charities by matching the fundraising efforts of youth participants, ages 23 and under.

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