The second annual Knute Rockne Spirit of Sports Awards Celebration will honor an outstanding lineup of individuals for their achievements in athletics...and in life.
CHAMPION Award -- Coach Muffet McGraw, two-time and defending NCAA Champion, and Hall of Famer.
COMMUNICATION Award -- Bob Nagle, 43-year broadcast veteran, and voice of Fighting Irish women's basketball.
COURAGE Award -- Haley Scott DeMaria, former Notre Dame swimmer, author, inspirational speaker.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Award -- Jan Blazi, long-time ND Athletic Dept. staffer, served as assistant to football coaches Parseghian to Willingham.
HERITAGE Award -- Jerry McKenna, renowned sculptor, whose work includes sculptures of ND national champion coaches at the Stadium.
INSPIRATION Award -- Luther Bradley, 1977 Notre Dame All-American, active in Youth for Christ ministry, in Detroit and nationally.
LEGACY Award -- Bob Dorais, grandson of legendary ND quarterback Gus Dorais, who has co-authored a biography of his grandfather.
LIVING LEGEND Award -- Johnny Lujack, at 93 the oldest living Heisman Trophy winner, having won the honor in 1947 for national champs.
PERSEVERANCE -- Bill "Red" Mack, who rose from a childhood in a Pittsburgh area orphanage to play halfback for ND, and win a Super Bowl.
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Our mission: To perpetuate and advance the name and legacy of Coach Knute Rockne and all that he stood for, honoring his life and all the lives he touched, by teaching, recognizing and supporting coaches and athletes in their pursuit of outstanding leadership, achievement and sportsmanship.
PLEASE JOIN US on Friday, Sept. 7, for the second annual
Knute Rockne Spirit of Sports Awards Celebration
Palais Royale Ballroom, South Bend
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The inaugural Rockne Awards honored, from left:
Devoted Friend -- Art Decio
Champion -- Ryan Harris
Loyalty -- Coach Brian Boulac
Distinguished Service -- Roger Valdiserri
Humanitarian -- Dan Harshman
Perseverance -- Mike Oriard
Innovation -- Tom Reynolds
Courage -- Rocky Bleier
Take a look a the great Photo Gallery from the event.
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Become a FOUNDING MEMBER of the Knute Rockne Memorial Society, and receive this limited edition print (retail value $100), signed and numbered by triple legacy Notre Dame artist Kathleen Keifer; also, a FOUNDING MEMBER certificate, FOUR admissions to the 2018 Knute Rockne Spirit of Sports Awards Celebration; recognition on all Rockne Society communications, and inclusion in credits of Rockne film.
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A Special Evening -- Friday, Sept. 7, at the historic Palais Royale Ballroom in downtown South Bend. We'll honor NCAA Champion women's basketball Coach Muffet McGraw, among others.
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