After over a year of not being able to gather in person, the Notre Dame Club of Denver hosted a Dues & Brews Pep Rally to gear up for the upcoming season, and more importantly, educate the local ND faithful about all the Club does in and for our community. The event was held at The Irish Rover Pub in south Denver.

A special thanks for The Irish Rover Pub for hosting our event.

The evening kicked off with Denver local, former ND player, NFL Super Bowl Champion with the Broncos and ND football radio analyst, Ryan Harris ‘07, taking the mic and walking the Colorado ND faithful through his insights and expectations for next season.

Ryan was followed up with words from our club President, Julio Casillas ‘95, who also introduced a special guest and current ND student Roman Fresquez, Class of 2024, to say a few words. Roman is from Lakewood and he talked about how thankful he was for the Notre Dame Club of Denver providing him an opportunity for a Notre Dame education through its Bishop Evans Scholarship Fund, which he is a scholarship recipient.

The headliners for the event, Writer for the Athletic, Pete Sampson, and Senior Defensive Analyst and former ND football player, Coach Nick Lezynski ‘11, zoomed in to give us an update from pre-season camp.  They took questions and gave the attendees an inside scoop on the upcoming season.  They both shared a desire to be in person next year, which is our hope as well.

To conclude the evening, there was a drawing for two USC tickets where each attendee received one chance with an opportunity to purchase more chances at the sign-in table.  One lucky attendee left needing to book a South Bend hotel room in mid-October.

The Dues & Brews Pep Rally accomplished two goals:

1) Educating and signing up new Club members 

2) Reigniting the local ND camaraderie, centered around the upcoming football season 

Based on feedback and number of attendees, the Club is excited to build on this momentum.

A special thanks to our volunteers: 

  • Lori Christiansen

  • Hal Paul 

  • DawnMarie Schwappach

  • Alex Hock 

  • Julio Casillas

  • Lori's Daughter

  • Lori's Niece

  • Timi Aguilar

  • Theresa Garcia

  • Amy Flick

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