Bringing the Legacy of Knute Rockne to a new generation

From a Norwegian immigrant child arriving in Chicago to a renowned and beloved national figure, Knute Rockne was a pioneering force in American football. As head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1918 until his tragic death in 1931, Rockne revolutionized the sport with his innovative strategies and motivational techniques. His legacy extends beyond the gridiron, inspiring generations with his dedication to achievement, excellence and sportsmanship.

1924 champions centennial celebration

Our Mission

Honoring Coach Knute Rockne’s legacy by supporting coaches and athletes in their pursuit of leadership, achievement, and sportsmanship.

The Spirit of Sports Awards

The annual Rockne Awards honor individuals who embody the spirit of Knute Rockne through exceptional leadership, integrity and sportsmanship.


Your donation will support the Knute Rockne Memorial Society and help preserve the legacy of a true sports icon for generations to come.