This past weekend the University of Notre Dame’s football team traveled to Baltimore to play the United States Naval Academy.

ND vs. Navy

Both schools play an important role in our family. My husband and I attended the University of Notre Dame. Certainly my time as a swimmer at Notre Dame was life-changing and life-defining. Our children help cheer on the Irish each Saturday during the Fall. We have been known to travel to Philadelphia or Washington to watch Notre Dame’s basketball teams or the volleyball team. Notre Dame is a daily part of our lives. And the sense of┬ácommunity I felt while I was there, and I still feel now continues to be a gift in my life.

The lessons I learned at Notre Dame carry on in my day-to-day life. That includes being a sponsor family at the Naval Academy. Most weekends during the school year you’ll find Midshipmen at our house – eating, sleeping, relaxing and taking a break from their life on The Yard. We’ve been blessed over the past five years to play a small role in helping these exceptional young men succeed in college and in life. Our children have been blessed to witness these Midshipmen as role models.

This past weekend we celebrated our affiliation with both Institutions. What we learned as students at one school, benefits the students at another school. In many ways, Notre Dame and Navy are similar in values and in the young people who are graduated from the schools. Our hearts beat blue and gold – and we cheer for Navy 364 days of the year.