Oct. 11, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team will take its mission on the road Saturday for a service event in Chicago. The action-packed day will feature a practice/clinic, service work and networking.
This is the second consecutive year the program has ventured to the Windy City for a Playing for Peace service project. Joining the team this year will be other Notre Dame students and the Notre Dame Monogram Club also will be involved.
Once the group arrives in Chicago via buses the Fighting Irish squad will conduct a practice and free clinic with local kids and members of O.W.L.S (Outreach With Lacrosse & Schools) Lacrosse, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to starting transformative lacrosse programs for inner-city schools and low-income communities.
Highlights from last year's Playing for Peace service trip in Chicago...
Following a mass and networking lunch with Notre Dame students and alumni, the contingent will be divided up and travel to three inner-city catholic schools (Cristo Rey, Hales Franciscan School, St. Malachy's) for service projects.
The Playing for Peace initiative uses sport to transcend boundaries and bring people together around issues of peace and justice. The Notre Dame lacrosse program launched the Playing for Peace initiative four years ago and uses it as a platform for all of its community service work.
"The main focus of the trip is the work at the inner-city catholic schools, but it's also about the fellowship we'll share in doing that service with other students who will go with us from campus along with alumni from the Chicago area who will come to help us," says Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan.
"Like everything that we do as a program, we try to see if there are other things we can do to make it interesting, different, unique, fun and valuable for our players. This will give us a chance to mix with other students outside of our team and get involved with the Notre Dame alumni network and even more specifically with the monogram winners in the Chicago area."
The Fighting Irish posted an 11-5 record last season and earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championship. Notre Dame defeated five top-10 teams and concluded the regular season with the nation's top RPI before advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth straight season.
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