Between taking finals and preparing to face LSU in the Citrus Bowl, Notre Dame football players have been busy lately. Sunday, however, the team made time to give back to the South Bend community.
At the sixth annual Shop with a Player event hosted by coach Brian Kelly’s Kelly Cares Foundation, 200 children from South Bend and neighboring Mishawaka got to roam a local Meijer with members from Notre Dame’s team and shop using a $100 gift card. The children also got to eat lunch with the players.
According to a story by the South Bend Tribune, Kelly said the most touching aspect of the day was watching the children use the $100 gift card not on themselves but on family members.
“We’ve had many times in the six years here that kids are using their entire $100 on a brother, a sister, a mom or a dad,” Kelly said. “You see them buying diapers for their sister or their brother. It’s really nice to see even the young kids not just thinking about themselves.”
According to the Tribune, the Meijer toy aisles got crowded with the 200 kids and roughly 100 players battling for the newest gizmos. Running back Josh Adams apparently was struck by a cart in the ankle but escaped without harm. Fifth-year senior tackle Mike McGlinchey said he enjoys the event, but the crowded shopping conditions do present a challenge.
“It never gets old, but it never gets easier in terms of strategy,” McGlinchey said. “We tried to plan on the way over what we thought we’d want to buy, but you get here and you end up wandering around until something catches your eye.”
Kelly said the event serves as both a chance for his players to give back to the local community and to have some fun.
“It’s about being other-centered,” Kelly said. “They’re very fortunate being on the Notre Dame football team. They’re blessed, and this is their opportunity to give back, an opportunity to share some of things that they’re fortunate to have. They’re still kids, too.”
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