Now in its 28th year, The Shirt Project began in 1990 as a means to raise money to fund Notre Dame student activities – a cause it continues to support today. In the spring of 1990, senior Brennan Harvath ’91, then Chairman of AnTostal, had the idea to sell T-shirts to raise funds for AnTostal, the Student Union Board’s spring festival. The shirt created for the fundraiser was also intended to unify the student body for the home-opener football game against Michigan on September 15, 1990. Over 9,000 shirts were sold and sales reached over $17,000.
John Scully, a 1980 Notre Dame graduate, was the guest of honor at this year’s unveiling. Scully co-wrote the lyrics to the famous song “Here Come The Irish,” which is played before kickoff at Notre Dame Stadium before home football games. Scully’s lyrics will appear on this year’s edition of The Shirt. An accomplished offensive guard during his time at Notre Dame, Scully received All-American honors in 1980. He went on to spend 10 years in the National Football League.
Every year, The Shirt Project designs a T-shirt for the upcoming Notre Dame football season. Proceeds from sales of The Shirt — believed to be the single highest-selling item of collegiate apparel in the nation — benefit student organizations, the Student Experience Fund and The Shirt Charity Fund, a resource for students who have extraordinary medical expenses. The Shirt 2017 will mark the project’s 29th shirt and 28th year.
If you would like to purchase The Shirt for 2017, they are available at Hammes Bookstores and Varsity Shop on campus or available for online purchase!
Information courtesy of theshirt.nd.edu, where you can learn more about The Shirt project.