26 Jan

21st annual Shirt revealed

first_imgAs the veil from the top of Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore fell Friday afternoon to reveal the new design for the 2010 Shirt Project, head football coach Brian Kelly stood in front of the large crowd of students with one message to give:“We are the Fighting Irish!”As the crowd cheered back, this classic football phrase was now the theme to the 21st-Anniversary edition of The Shirt Project.With a kelly green backdrop, the phrase is featured on The Shirt’s front in blue letters while an image of Notre Dame Stadium’s student section is shown on the back. “Rally sons of Notre Dame,” the opening line of the Notre Dame fight song, is written above the image. Underneath the image is the song’s final phrase, “Onward to victory.”In an atmosphere bearing similarities to a football Saturday, with food, games, guest speakers, the glee club and the marching band, festivities began at 4 p.m. and continued until the much-anticipated shirt unveiling just after 6 p.m. Following the unveiling, fans and students had the chance to buy The Shirt. “We need to sell these shirts more than ever out there,” Kelly said, “We’ve already had 20,000 pre-sold, and the fans don’t even know what it looks like!”Beginning in 1990 under the leadership of AnTostal chairman Brennen Harvath, The Shirt Project has become in its 21 years one of Notre Dame’s most widely recognized traditions. In its first year, more than $17,000 was raised to support the AnTostal budget and other student clubs on campus.Today, part of the revenue from sales is given to rector funds and to The Shirt Project Fund, which supports students with serious accidents or illnesses.As former Notre Dame football player and ESPN radio show host Mike Golic said, the shirt has raised more than $7 million in its 21 years.“I love when The Shirt comes up,” Golic said, “It’s a new shirt to unveil, a new team to unveil.”Also among the guest speakers on Friday was also Notre Dame fan favorite, officer Tim McCarthy of the Indiana State Police.“Today’s unveiling marks a tradition to be worn with pride,” he said, “So remember, the statement on The Shirt makes a point, and I think that’s pretty sharp.”Besides The Shirt’s design, students also had a preview of next year’s varsity Leprechaun, Dave Zimmer.“How you all doin’ Irish fans?” he said on the stage, “Are you all ready for a new season and a new coach?”His words reflected the growing sense of hope with the start of a new football season in the fall, Kelly’s first as head coach after the firing of Charlie Weis last December.“There’s a lot of anticipation for next year,” sophomore Ronnie Kadykowski said. “Like with Mike Golic saying he likes the team’s offense, it’s kind of like a ‘Let’s get ready and put track shoes on’ kind of feeling. It’s also always exciting when you see a new coach. You want to see him do well.”Growing anticipation came directly from Kelly as well. Speaking of the new Shirt’s design, he said it reflected the need to get back to the roots of tradition of Notre Dame football. “The Shirt exemplifies exactly how we are going to play,” he said.Sophomore Ben Fuja said he also sensed Kelly’s excitement.“He got the fans fired up,” Fuja said of Kelly. “It was very cool. It’s nice to get a taste of what we’re getting next year.”As far as the design went, he said it worked for him, too.“Compared to last year, it’s a lot better,” he said. “I like the color, I like the front.”Other students also noted an improvement from the previous design.“I think last year’s shirt was too busy,” Kadykowski said. “This one is a lot more clean. It’s more stylish because of that.”last_img read more

17 Sep

Cadbury Restates Commitment to Sports in New Deal with NFF

first_imgCadbury Nigeria Plc. has deepened its interest in the development of football in the country as its Tom Tom brand signed a three-year partnership deal with the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to support the Nigerian football league.As a result of the new deal, Tom Tom was unveiled as the official candy of the Super Eagles, making it a decade since the company first announced the partnership in 2008.Announcing the union, Managing Director of the firm,  Mr. Amir Shamsi, stated that the deal was not coincidental rather it was a deliberate effort by the partnering teams to connect with Nigerians and their passion for football.“We promise to continuously support the Super Eagles and also seize this opportunity to enjoin Nigerians to give their full support to the team. We believe in the team, so we implore Nigerians to have confidence in them. They are poised to make us proud,” he said.Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Category Marketing Lead for West Africa, Mrs. Uwadiae Chidinma, dwelt on the   benefits of Tom Tom as a candy with a purpose.“It delivers soothing relief and mental invigoration. It has remained relevant over the decades despite other competitive offerings in the market and that is why it   is undisputedly one of the most ubiquitous brands in the country,” she noted.President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, lauded the initiative, saying the federation would work in tandem with the  brand and leverage on the partnership to bring glory to the national team at every tournament.Also, the Brand Manager, Candy West Africa, Mr Aruleba Olumide urged  Nigerians to encourage the national team by supporting them as he said this was important to motivate them to victory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

17 Sep

Syracuse’s series with Cardinals relocated to Louisville due to field conditions

first_img Published on March 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (12-14, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) will play three home games at Louisville (19-8, 8-1) this weekend after SU Softball Stadium’s field was deemed unplayable, SU Athletics announced in a release late Thursday morning.SU’s doubleheader Tuesday with Canisius was also canceled due to poor field conditions. Although the Orange will compete as the home team, Saturday’s doubleheader will mark the 27th- and 28th-straight games Syracuse plays on the road to start the season.“We just want to play ACC games,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said Wednesday evening. “I don’t mind. We have no problem going anywhere and playing, just get us there.”Ross added that she is happy that Louisville will treat Syracuse like the home team.The Cardinals are tied for first in the ACC and received two votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s next scheduled home game is April 4 against ACC foe North Carolina (21-9, 6-2). Commentslast_img read more