Strong Of Heart

Notre Dame Athletics Reenvisions the Strong of Heart Awards

Beginning for the 2020-21 academic year, the Notre Dame athletic department will present the Strong of Heart Awards, given annually to a small class of deserving student-athletes.

Since 2010, Notre Dame Athletics has brought you the Strong of Heart series, stories of members of the Notre Dame family who embody that line in the Victory March — “We will fight in ev’ry game, strong of heart and true to her name.”

In that spirit, the reenvisioned Strong of Heart Awards will recognize those student-athletes whose “strong hearts” have impacted the lives of others, allowed them to triumph in the face of challenges, or offered a compelling example of the values of Notre Dame.

We wish to honor those Notre Dame student-athletes who have overcome difficult obstacles and challenges life has set before them. Those that through their life and deeds, displayed dedication to the pillars upon which Notre Dame athletics is built: excellence, education, faith, community and tradition.

For consideration for the Strong of Heart Awards:

  • The student-athlete must have exhausted his or her athletic eligibility in the Spring of 2020.
  • However, new to the series will be the Strong of the Heart Legacy Award, in which one alum (regardless of year graduated) will be recognized in the class as well.


The Notre Dame athletic department is now accepting nominations for the Strong of Heart Awards class of 2020 through September 15. To nominate a person for the 2020 Strong of Heart Awards, fill out the form below.