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Monogram Club Takes Part In Shamrock Spring Sports Weekend

Apr 22, 2015, 5:17 PM EST

Monogram Club President Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) working the saw at the Habitat for Humanity build.

The past week has been eventful for the Monogram Club as members were in town for the spring board meeting that coincided with a very successful Shamrock Spring Sports Weekend on campus.

The weekend for the Club covered just about everything: athletics, charity, service work, faith, community and networking.

The festivities began Friday evening with the softball program’s fifth-annual Strikeout Cancer trivia night fundraiser. The Monogram Club was well represented as board members and staff were on hand and finished in a respectable eighth place (out of 30). Monogram Club Executive Director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) and Stephanie Felicetti (’09, softball) served as emcees of the event.

On Saturday, the Monogram Club hosted a brunch in Club Naimoli for members who were taking part in the weekend’s action. Following the brunch, Club members scattered to a variety of contests on campus, including the Blue-Gold game, the baseball doubleheader versus NC State, softball’s twin bill with Syracuse, men’s tennis against NC State and the thrilling men’s lacrosse victory over North Carolina.

However, the most significant event of the day took place off campus as Club members participated in the Habitat for Humanity house build. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Notre Dame’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) partnered with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County to build a new home for the local Muchemi family. Club members worked with current student-athletes to construct the house’s garage, and it was a rewarding experience for all who participated (read more about the house build here: http://swd.nd.edu/community-service/saac-community-project/).

There were more sporting events to enjoy on Sunday, including the softball series finale with the Orange, women’s tennis versus Duke and the women’s lacrosse showdown with Louisville. Overall, Fighting Irish teams that played at home went 7-4 over the weekend.

Late Sunday afternoon board members took part in a very special mass inside the Notre Dame Stadium locker room, which was followed by a Monogram Career Network event. The networking opportunity connected current student-athletes with Club members.

Despite the inclement weather, the group still was able to let their competitive sides show by participating in a variety of entertaining games. It allowed everyone to interact in a casual environment while building and expanding on valuable relationships that brought together the past and present of Notre Dame athletics.

Following Monday’s board meeting, the Monogram Club hosted the spring letter jacket ceremony inside Club Naimoli and 60 student-athletes, cheerleaders, managers, athletic trainers and video technicians were able to celebrate their entrance into the exclusive company.

It was great to have several board members on hand to witness this special occasion. Monogram Club President Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) served as emcee, while University of Notre Dame Vice President/Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick, an Honorary Monogram recipient, and former club president Joe Restic (’79, football) gave tremendous speeches about what it means to earn a Monogram at the University of Notre Dame.

Mike McGlinchey (’17, football) was the final speaker of the evening, and he shared his heartfelt feelings on what an honor and privilege it is to be among the latest to don the letter jacket.

It was the perfect ending to a very memorable weekend for the Monogram Club.

Here is a Twitter recap of the weekend:

 

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