Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,
Although it may be difficult to imagine, tomorrow marks the official start of summer. Usually, these tranquil months are filled with baseball games, concerts, BBQs, and vacations — activities and pastimes that rejuvenate our minds and spirits. But as we all know, this year is different. Normal is upended as we fight both the global pandemic and racial injustice.
While we can't replace these summertime favorites, we can continue to develop new programming to enable you to connect with ND and one another. I'm pleased to share two current initiatives from across the University and the NDAA.
The ND football team is leading a community gathering at 12:30 p.m. today on campus to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth. Join the Irish in a peaceful prayer and walk in support of equality and unity. ND athletics
and the football program
will provide coverage on their social channels with an opening prayer from defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, and remarks from defensive lineman Daelin Hayes, offensive lineman Max Siegel, and Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly.
On ThinkND, the Kylemore Book Club
is a free and open, multimedia educational program featuring weekly videos and online discussions that can teach us how literature and film might provide comfort and help us navigate COVID-19 and lockdown.
I'd be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge all of the wonderful fathers and father figures as we celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday. I hope and pray that all dads have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Happy Father’s Day to all of our ND dads!
Yours in Notre Dame,