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Super Bowl 50 is just two weeks away and on Sunday night, three former Notre Dame players punched their ticket to the Big Game in The Ba


Ryan Harris, a veteran tackle for the Broncos, took the opportunity to capture an awesome selfie with his legendary quarterback.



And while David Bruton Jr. was sidelined with a leg injury, he had a couple photo ops of his own with rapper T.I. and professional snowboarder Arielle Gold.



TI, @only1tnix and I before we won to go to the Super Bowl! #SuperBowl50

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Panthers long snapper JJ Jansen will be taking on Harris and Bruton on Feb. 7. Still waiting on his selfie with Cam Newton.



Winter Break: A couple of weeks when most college students get the opportunity to go home, relax, and spend some time with their family and friends without the stress of unending schoolwork looming over their heads. 


For college basketball student-athletes, though, winter break means something entirely different. While school may stop temporarily, basketball does not and, for them, practices and games go on. 


Without classes and schoolwork, there can be some extra down time. For the Notre Dame women's basketball team, this down time is an opportunity to give back to the community that limes-out Purcell Pavilion loud and proud for every home game.

After finishing their finals week responsibilities, members of the team spent time outside of Meijer volunteering as bell ringers for the Salvation Army


Director of Women's Basketball Operations Katie Capps is new to the position at Notre Dame this year but, she understands the importance of involving student-athletes with the outside community. In fact, she did exactly that during her 11 seasons on the women's basketball staff at the University of Kansas. One of their most successful events was a clinic they held every year for local Special Olympics athletes. Knowing that it was always a hit with the women's team at KU, Capps decided to give it a shot at Notre Dame, and winter break was the perfect opportunity. 


The Notre Dame team invited members of the St. Joseph County Special Olympics to showcase their skills and learn even more from the number three team in the country. Just over 50 athletes of all ages showed up, a turnout that was larger than expected for Capps and the team.


"[I was] very pleased," said Capps. "With it being the first time we have done a clinic of this type, we weren't sure what to expect. [The Special Olympics] director mentioned that he was shocked at how many came out as well, with it being a first time event."


At the beginning of the clinic, the entire Notre Dame team went through introductions. As each player said their name, they received a respectable "two claps" in unison from the Special Olympics athletes. However, the last person to introduce themselves got a roaring round of applause. That person was Hall of Fame Coach Muffet McGraw. Clearly, the Special Olympics athletes know a great coach when they see one.


Next, the participants broke up into groups and rotated between four stations, each led by different members of the Notre Dame team.


"It was a nice change of pace to be able to coach them and teach them different skills like shooting, dribbling and passing," said senior guard Michaela Mabrey. "Watching them have the biggest smiles on their faces while doing it was an amazing feeling."


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Junior Forward Kristina Nelson


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Senior Guard Hannah Huffman


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Sophomore Forward Kathryn Westbeld


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Fifth-Year Guard Maddie Cable


After the drill work came the real competition.


Of course, the main event took place on the main floor - Purcell Pavilion. The Special Olympics athletes played against one another in an intense game of 5-on-5, coached by the Notre Dame players and reffed by none other than Muffet McGraw.


While the only fans in the stands were family and friends of the Special Olympics athletes, Purcell Pavilion was by no means quiet. From yelling words of encouragement at their players to yelling, even louder, complaints at the "inexperienced" ref, the Notre Dame players fully embraced their coaching roles. 


At one point, Maddie Cable did her best Muffet McGraw impersonation; the thinking-woman squat, a position that's insanely impressive given that McGraw usually does it in heels and a skirt.


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Overall, the event was a success for the participants, who got the chance to have some fun and meet their local idols, and the Notre Dame team, who relished the opportunity to step away from the intensity of practice and games and have some fun with other people who also enjoy the sport.


"I absolutely loved our first annual Special Olympics clinic," said Mabrey. "I really hope that it continues in the future because it was extremely special watching both kids and adults enjoy the game of basketball the way that our team does every day."


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Senior Michaela Mabrey with her new friend, Tommy


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Freshman Arike Ogunbowale gives a high-five to one of her Special Olympics players at the end of the game


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Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new tradition in the program that will continue for years to come.


Watch the full video recap below:




Women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw earned her 800th career win as a head coach after the team's 65-55 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

A gatorade shower would normally be called for in these situations but, thankfully for Coach McGraw, she escaped without one.

Check out the video below:



Judging by these former players' reactions, you can see why the team decided not to do the real thing.

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Event Calendar

August 9
3:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 14
8:00 PM
SIUE
Edwardsville, Ill. (Korte Stadium)
August 14
1:00 PM
Illinois
Urbana, Ill. (Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium)
August 17
8:00 PM
Bradley
Peoria, Ill. (Shea Stadium)
August 19
7:00 PM
Wright State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 21
3:00 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 22
5:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
7:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
August 26
7:30 PM
UC Irvine
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 26
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
August 27
12:30 PM
Cleveland State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
August 27
7:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
August 28
2:00 PM
New Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 28
5:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
5:00 PM
Stanford
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Illinois State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 3
12:30 PM
Howard
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 3
7:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 3
All Day
Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge
Notre Dame, Indiana (Warren Golf Course)
September 4
6:30 PM
Texas
Austin, Texas

ABC
September 4
12:30 PM
California
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 4
5:00 PM
Missouri
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 9
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 9
10:00 PM
Santa Clara
San Jose, Calif. (Buck Shaw Stadium)
September 9
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
3:30 PM
Nevada
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 10
11:00 AM
San Diego State
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
7:00 PM
Rhode Island
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 11
2:00 PM
Stanford
Stanford, Calif. (Cagan Stadium)
September 12
All Day
U. of San Francisco Olympic Club Intercollegiate
San Francisco, California (Olympic Club)
September 13
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 13
All Day
U. of San Francisco Olympic Club Intercollegiate
San Francisco, California (Olympic Club)
September 16
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Lynn Stadium)
September 16
11:30 AM
Maryland Eastern Shore
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 16
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 17
7:30 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 17
1:00 PM
DePaul
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 18
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (SU Soccer Stadium)
September 22
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Soccer Field)
September 23
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 23
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 23
All Day
Georgia State Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Scottsdale, Arizona (Mirabel Golf Club)
September 24
3:30 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 24
All Day
Georgia State Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Scottsdale, Arizona (Mirabel Golf Club)
September 25
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 25
11:30 AM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
September 25
All Day
Georgia State Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Scottsdale, Arizona (Mirabel Golf Club)
September 30
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Ambrose Urbanic Field)
September 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 1
TBA
Syracuse
East Rutherford, N.J.(MetLife Stadium)

TBA
October 1
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Lynn Stadium)
October 2
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 4
7:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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