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As summer begins, Irish student-athletes give back


As stories of academic impropriety at impressive institutions like North Carolina steal headlines, most schools are cross-checking classes that feature too many student-athletes in their summer sessions. With limited students enrolled, it’s not breaking news that summer school has sometimes been used as a way to get grade-point-averages healthy and eligibility restored.

While most schools are digging into suspect courses that service mostly student-athletes and football players, Notre Dame proudly displays the work that a class of 59 student-athletes -- including 56 football players -- do for the community.

In a recent video, Jack Nolan and company take a look at the summer course Career Development Through Community Engagement. Offered throughout the year by the university’s Center for Social Concerns, the summer session gives members of the football team participating in summer classes the ability to utilize three of the five pillars that are emphasized by head coach Brian Kelly, who helped develop the syllabus classroom and community based course.

Here’s a look at the segment put together:


My favorite part: Watching Louis Nix, Zeke Motta, and Daniel Smith work with a group of seniors at Healthwin, a senior living community in South Bend.