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Playing For Peace Inspires In Chicago

Oct 16, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

Sunday’s marathon wasn’t the only event that Monogram winners participated in this weekend in Chicago. On Saturday morning, the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team headed to the Windy City for a Playing For Peace service project and clinic with OWLS (Outreach With Lacrosse & Schools) Lacrosse. OWLS is an organization focused on using lacrosse programs to help youth in inner-city schools and low-income communities.

In addition to a number of Irish lacrosse alums who attended the event, Matt Lahey (’93, football), his wife Jenna, and their two boys also took part in the day.

“It was really neat to see the college lacrosse players throwing the ball around with the [OWLS] kids and just relating to them on a personal level,” Lahey said. “You could tell how much it meant to the kids. It meant a lot to my two kids.”

Following the morning clinic, the Irish coaches and student-athletes gathered with other Notre Dame students and alumni for Mass and a networking lunch, before traveling to Cristo Rey, Hales Franciscan School and St. Malachy’s for service projects.

“Just seeing the interaction between the players, and the coaches, and the kids was really inspiring. OWLS is such a great organization, it was pretty impressive that ND brought their whole team and all the coaches and did a scrimmage. It was obvious that Notre Dame’s commitment to the program, to OWLS, and what they were trying to do, was significant,” Lahey added.

“The one word that I would use to describe it is inspiring. It was just a very uplifting, neat event.”

The lacrosse program chronicled the trip on their social media pages (see the photos below) and will have more footage coming soon, so be sure to follow @ndlacrosse and @playing4peace on Twitter.

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