Nearly 20 Fighting Irish football student-athletes came out to interact with fans and hits the lanes last Sunday as part of the annual Notre Dame Chapter Bowling Event.
The event was held at the Strikes & Spares Event Center in Mishawaka, Indiana and is a signature awareness and fundraising campaign in support of the rare disease community through Uplifting Athletes.
Several of the Notre Dame players bowled with 11-year-old rare disease patient Jerzee Sikora. They guided her wheelchair down the lane and helped push the ball down a ramp towards the pins, celebrating each shot with her.
“I think, more than anything, it just puts life into perspective for us,” said junior safety Drue Tranquill. “In the day-to-day, we’re battling for a position on the field, but these guys are battling for their lives.
“However down you might be during the week on your performance or whatever it might be, you come to an event like this and you see kids that are smiling in the face of such deep adversity. It just can’t help but encourage you as well.”
This event by the Notre Dame Chapter supports its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.
The Notre Dame Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2012 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Notre Dame Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of rare disease patient Sam Grewe.