Aug. 22, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame volleyball team was expecting a fun team activity (like ultimate frisbee) to open training camp Aug. 11-12. What they got instead was much different, as the Irish were put through rigorous activities that challenged them both mentally and physically.
The Program, which has a "goal of providing professional and collegiate athletic teams with the best leadership development and team building services in the country," has been around since 2008 and has worked with many of the top collegiate sports programs nationally in addition to the NHL's Boston Bruins.
Jake "Mac" MacDonald, who completed two combat tours in Iraq and earned a Purple Heart, and Andre "Bo" Bosier, who has spent the last 22 years in the Marine Corps Special Operations unit, led Notre Dame's volleyball squad during its two-day journey.
The mission was broken into two sessions with day one comprised of outside work, while day two saw the team hit the water.
With the sun peaking over the stands, the Irish hit the lacrosse field for day one last Monday morning. The session included:
Day two last Tuesday saw the Irish report to the Rockne Memorial swimming pool on campus at 5:30 a.m. This session included:
For highlights and reactions from The Program, check out the video at the top of the page from Fighting Irish Digital Media.
--Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director