The Rockne Recap – January 2019

“The following “Rockne Recap” of Jesse Harper Council & AD Circle Winter Weekend was sent to all Jesse Harper Council and AD Circle members on Thursday afternoon. Please feel free to share this recap with any JHC or ADC prospects.
Thank you!
Thank you to those of you who braved the snow and dropping temperatures and joined us on campus for the annual Jesse Harper Council and Athletics Director’s Circle Winter Sports Weekend!

Please find highlights from the weekend below:

Welcome Cocktail Hour
The weekend kicked off with a cocktail hour at the home of AD Circle Members, Doug and Lisa Jones, Brian Jones, and Ashley and Jonathon Penn. Many thanks to our generous hosts for sharing their beautiful town home and incredible view of Notre Dame Stadium with us!

Jesse Harper Council & AD Circle members gather at the home of the Jones Family for cocktails, appetizers, and fellowship before heading to the Compton Family Ice Arena for ND vs. MSU Hockey.
Breakfast & Student-Athlete Networking Event
Our main event of the weekend, the Jesse Harper Council & AD Circle Networking Event with Notre Dame student-athletes, proved to be a morning full of relationship building, engagement, and avocado toast! The program was hosted by Notre Dame Football’s Ian Book who was joined by over 50 fellow Fighting Irish student-athletes to hear advice and guidance from more than 20 guest JHC & ADC mentors. The support each of you gives to our student-athletes is life changing, and the mentorship offered at this event is just another example of why this group is so special. Thank you for your incredible commitment to providing an unmatched student-athlete experience here at ND!


JHC & ADC Members, including Dave Butler (bottom left), Doug Jones (bottom right), and Ann and Don Casey (bottom right), pose with several Notre Dame student-athletes. Special shout out to Lauren Cifelli (top right), daughter of JHC members Paul and Jennifer Cifelli, for fitting right in with college crowd!
Notre Dame Athletics In Action
Winter Weekend attendees were Notre Dame Hockey’s good luck charm on Friday night! The Fighting Irish defeated Michigan State 6-3 while our group cheered the team on from O’Brien’s Club. Saturday’s Men’s Basketball game against UVA was a tough battle for the Fighting Irish, but our group enjoyed viewing the game together from Club Namioli.

Private Tour of Rolfs Athletics Hall
The final event of the weekend was a private tour of Rolfs Athletics Hall, the new Indoor Basketball Practice Facility, led by Sr. Deputy Athletics Director Missy Conboy. Following opening remarks (and a brainstorm into who the next Notre Dame Stadium musical act may be) by Jack Swarbrick, Missy led our group through all three floors of the state-of-the-art facility. Thank you to those of you who helped make this impressive building possible for our student-athletes!

Jack Swarbrick discusses features of the new Rolfs Athletics Hall with JHC & ADC members on Saturday afternoon.

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