The University of Notre Dame will celebrate 125 years of Fighting Irish football (1887-2012) with a series of “Strong and True” events throughout the 2012 football season.
In March, the University introduced a special 125 logo that will be utilized throughout the year on all signage identifying elements of the campaign. The logo will be seen on sideline apparel worn by Irish players and coaches this season.
The “Strong and True” catchphrase—taken from the University’s alma mater, “Notre Dame, Our Mother”—will be interwoven through various segments of the NDFB125 program.
Although the celebration will last all fall, the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game at Notre Dame Stadium (7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports) will feature special recognition events based on Irish football history dating back to the first Notre Dame game in 1887 against Michigan. The Notre Dame-Michigan relationship qualifies as the original and oldest Football Bowl Subdivision rivalry.
Legendary names from Notre Dame’s football past will be back on campus throughout the season to take part in the celebration. The previously-launched logo will be seen on signage and banners in and around Notre Dame Stadium.
A website devoted to 125 years of Irish football has been created at http://125.nd.edu. It currently has three “Strong and True” moments featured. Then, beginning Thursday, Aug. 30 (the day the Notre Dame football team arrives in Ireland for its 2012 season opener against Navy), 125 “Strong and True” moments will be released (one per day) via digital media, along with photo and video galleries.
Former Notre Dame players and fans will be encouraged to engage and participate via the 125 site (as well as social media) by sharing stories, photos and videos of their “Strong and True” experiences.
Stay tuned throughout the summer for additional details relative to the NDFB125 celebration.
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