Friday afternoons are hectic for anyone associated with a college football team, and it is one of the busiest days of the week as the final preparations for Saturday’s game are handled.
But time was not an issue for Irish head coach Charlie Weis as he helped a young man’s dream come true.
Frankie Morris, a 19 year old from Pulaski, Tennessee, had a dream to see a game at Notre Dame Stadium and to meet Charlie Weis. Frankie is afflicted with Hurler’s Syndrome, a metabolic disorder for which there is no cure.
On Friday at the Guglielmino complex, Frankie’s dream weekend began to unfold.
Charlie Weis brought along quarterback Jimmy Clausen to say hello as Frankie spent time in Weis’ office. When Frankie wanted to see the famous Touchdown Jesus on the side of the Hesburgh Library, Weis took him over to a window where he had a perfect view of the Notre Dame icon.
The head coach for the Irish also present Frankie with pep rally passes, tickets for the match-up against Duke and pre-game sideline passes. Frankie also received a police escort to and from the Guglielmino and his downtown hotel, courtesy of the South Bend Police.
Weis was presented a crystal figurine for the 2007 Inspiration Award by the When U Dream A Dream charity, who provided Frankie with his dream weekend. Previous winners of the Inspiration Award include Christopher Reeve and Derek Jeter.