Join your hosts Chris Zorich '91, Notre Dame all-time defensive great, and Chris Ackels, newly-named public address announcer at Notre Dame Stadium, for a celebration of the great history that connects the Windy City and the Golden Dome.
Zorich. out of Chicago's Vocational High School, was a Notre Dame national champion (1988), two-time All-American (1989-90), winner of the Lombardi Trophy (1990) and Chicago Bears standout (1991-96). He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Today, he is a partner at the executive search firm Randall Partners and hosts The Zorich Podcast, in which he conducts extended interviews with major Notre Dame football figures.
Ackels’ 11-year announcing career includes public address, play-by-play, in-stadium hosting, and sideline reporting duties across the country. He currently serves as the in-stadium host for the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
2021 Knute Rockne Spirit of Sports Celebration
Friday, September 24
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “Tailgate Dining" and Cash Bar
12:15 p.m. Awards Program
Chicago Sports Museum
7th Level (adjacent to Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch)
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Ample FREE indoor parking for Rockne Awards attendees in the Water Tower Place underground parking facility, accessible from Chestnut Street.
Business casual (no sweatshirts or jerseys, please)
Recognizing the long history of Chicago and Notre Dame:
LIFETIME LEGEND AWARD -- The Family of Johnny Lattner '54, Heisman Trophy winner of 1953, out of Fenwick High School.
LEGACY AWARD -- The Families of Fighting Irish stars from Chicago Charlie Bachman 1917, Norm Barry 1921 and Moose Krause '34
PERSEVERANCE AWARD -- From St. Ignatius HS to ND walk-on to manager of the band Chicago, Peter Schivarelli '71
LEADERSHIP AWARD -- Leo HS standout, Notre Dame DB and long-time devoted teacher and coach at St. Rita HS, Jay Standring '70
CHAMPION AWARD -- Star LB at St. Rita HS and Notre Dame, and Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, Darius Fleming '12
CITIZENSHIP AWARD -- Notre Dame and Bears kicker and retired justice on the Illinois Supreme Court Bob Thomas '74
COURAGE AWARD -- Chicago Public League and ND basketball star, and inspirational wounded combat veteran Danielle Green '99
INSPIRATION AWARD --Barry Sullivan, whose family turned the grief from losing son Declan into positive action supporting underprivileged kids in Chicago.
DETERMINATION AWARD -- NCAA champ in cross-country and track and field, and Olympic marathon Bronze Medalist Molly Seidel '16.
And we'll also honor our 2020 Rockne Award winners:
INSPIRATION AWARD -- Mike McCoy '70
LEADERSHIP AWARD -- Joel Maturi '67
LIVING LEGEND AWARD -- Barry Alvarez
CHAMPION AWARD -- Aaron Taylor '94
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD -- Mike Collins '67
COMMUNICATOR AWARD-- Terence Smith '60
In the interest of everyone's health and safety, we ask that only fully vaccinated attend. The venue staff will make every attempt to create a safe environment for all. We will monitor all pertinent advisories to determine protocols for the event.
General Admission Tickets -- Early Bird Special pricing at $55 per person.
For Sponsorship information, please email: Events@RockneSociety.org
Knute Rockne Memorial Society
Declan Drumm Sullivan Fund / Horizons for Youth