Angels Get Help From Notre Dame

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Notre Dame Cross Country teams are warming up for their 1st Annual 24 hour relay which will be this Saturday, June 24th. This year’s relay will benefit both the Cross Country team and Soldier’ Angels, a non-profit dedicated to supporting our troops.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Notre Dame Cross Country teams are warming up for their 1st Annual 24 hour relay which will be this Saturday, June24th. This year’s relay will benefit both the Cross Country team and Soldier’ Angels, a non-profit dedicated to supporting our troops.

Jim Schweickert, Notre Dame’s Head cross country’s coach, said he wanted to do a fund raiser this summer. Since he had success with this type of fund raiser at another institution it just seemed like the right event for them. Besides raising money for the cross country team, he wanted to split the donations they received with another organization.

Schweickert said “I left the decision up to the team and they chose Soldiers’ Angels.” The team chose Soldiers’ Angels because two members of the Notre Dame Cross Country team are veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dan Tillman a sophomore from Beachwood, OH and Steve Scott a freshman from Avoca, Michigan both served in OIF. While Scott was deployed he received care packages and mail from the organization.

Each team member obtained pledges based on the number of miles they will run in the relay. Runners in the relay will complete a mile and then hand off the baton to another runner for the next mile until 24 hours have been completed.

The relay will be June 24, 2006 and begins at 9 am on the Notre Dame athletic field. Coach Schweickert said, there is plenty of room for blankets and lawn chairs and encourages everyone to come watch and cheer on the runners. The relay will take place rain or shine. For those who make a donation on Saturday will receive “May we Not Forget” gold coins supplied by Soldiers’ Angels.

If you would like more information about the relay you can contact Notre Dame Coach Jim Schweickert at 216-373-5404.

Soldiers’ Angels, is an all volunteer, non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization dedicated to the support of all our military soldiers serving in the United States Armed Forces in the War

on Terror.

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