Dec. 14, 2017
By Joe Sibley
All varsity sports were represented as families were invited to participate in holiday-themed activities run by the student-athletes. The roles of Santa, Mrs. Claus and several elves were also played by student-athletes.
"It's a great opportunity to give back to the community and it's a chance to put aside the stress from final exams and realize there are others who are struggling with much bigger problems," said Katie Uhler, a senior on the Notre Dame women's soccer team.
Many Fighting Irish Fight for Life teammates were also in attendance and were able to spend time with their respective teams.
The event is only one night, but the impact can last all year for both the kids and the student-athletes.
"I really cherish this event every year because it's an opportunity to interact with these kids who are the real heroes of our community," said Mikey Wynne a senior on the Irish men's lacrosse team. "We can get down on ourselves after coming out of a tough exam or a tough practice, but seeing what these kids are dealing with on a daily basis really puts things in perspective."