April 27, 2006
Jack Rockne - the only living child of legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne - was awarded an honorary monogram on Saturday, April 22 at the third annual Rockne Heritage Fund Tailgate, which was held on campus prior to the Blue-Gold Game. The function saw current Irish football coach Charlie Weis present Rockne with an honorary monogram, inviting him into a select club of roughly 150 people ever to earn the distinction.
Weis served as the keynote speaker at the tailgate, while Notre Dame director of athletics Kevin White also addressed the audience of more than 700 supporters of Irish athletics who have made donations to the Rockne Heritage Fund, as well as their guests. Rockne celebrated his 80th birthday this month, shortly following the 75th anniversary of his father's death in a plane crash in Bazaar, Kan., on March 31.
The Rockne Heritage Fund is the first athletics annual fund ever named for the famed football coach, the first fund designated solely for all sports at Notre Dame, and already the most prominent fund created to improve the experience of the entire student-athlete population at the University. It is geared to offset the growing cost of funding athletic scholarships, allowing all Irish coaches the opportunity to recruit the best and brightest, and to offer every student-athlete the chance to compete on a national-championship team. All Notre Dame alumni, parents, and friends interested in supporting Notre Dame athletics are encouraged to make a gift to the Rockne Heritage Fund. There is no minimum donation.
For more information on the Rockne Heritage Fund and the Director's Circle recognition society and the corresponding benefits, please contact: Maureen L. McNamara, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 631-9443.