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As summer begins, Irish student-athletes give back

Jun 11, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT


As stories of academic impropriety at impressive institutions like North Carolina steal headlines, most schools are cross-checking classes that feature too many student-athletes in their summer sessions. With limited students enrolled, it’s not breaking news that summer school has sometimes been used as a way to get grade-point-averages healthy and eligibility restored.

While most schools are digging into suspect courses that service mostly student-athletes and football players, Notre Dame proudly displays the work that a class of 59 student-athletes — including 56 football players — do for the community.

In a recent video, Jack Nolan and company take a look at the summer course Career Development Through Community Engagement. Offered throughout the year by the university’s Center for Social Concerns, the summer session gives members of the football team participating in summer classes the ability to utilize three of the five pillars that are emphasized by head coach Brian Kelly, who helped develop the syllabus classroom and community based course.

Here’s a look at the segment put together:



My favorite part: Watching Louis Nix, Zeke Motta, and Daniel Smith work with a group of seniors at Healthwin, a senior living community in South Bend.



  1. nudeman - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Here’s Calabrese and Rees on their “project”

    • don74 - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM


      You’re fast. I checked the post, it was up for 19 minutes and you were done 7 minutes before. AZ sun get to you? I hope TR and Carlo don’t end up in too much trouble but they have certainly helped with the slow period. I can’t wait for CC to look over the line like Vontez and tell the QB he’s sending his people after him.

      • nudeman - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        I think losing them both is addition by subtraction
        But that’s just me.

    • bernhtp - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      I saw this yesterday on Did you notice Tommy Rees at 1:02? I wonder when that was shot?

      • nudeman - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        Yes. He was on there from 1:02 – 1:45.
        Took at least 5 steps.

  2. bernhtp - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    The article about UNC academic fraud that Keith linked is really scandalous:

    Professor Nyang’oro obviously needs to be fired.

  3. latchbeam - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Nice pot shot at UNC…

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