NOTRE DAME, Ind. – In what has become an annual tradition, the University of Notre Dame baseball team will hold the 13th Meet the Team Dinner Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Club Naimoli at the Joyce Center from 6-9 p.m. Following the dinner, the team will partner with Notre Dame’s The Bald & The Beautiful organization to have their heads shaved to raise money for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The guest speaker for this year’s event will be former Irish All-American and MLB pitcher Aaron Heilman. Heilman, who played for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks over nine years, was the 14th Notre Dame student-athlete to become a four-time All-American and the 14th Division I pitcher to reach 40-plus wins and 400-plus strikeouts in a career. The Logansport, Ind., native led the nation in ERA as a freshman and left the program with a plethora of Notre Dame and BIG EAST records.
A pre-dinner reception with the Notre Dame coaches and Heilman from 6-6:45 p.m. will offer fans a chance to meet and get autographs with the former big leaguer.
Tickets for the reception and dinner, which will also include season passes for the upcoming season, are $100 for adults and $80 for youth and seniors.
For fans that are interested in the dinner only, tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for youth and seniors and also include a season pass for the Irish baseball and softball home schedule. If a fan has already purchased a season pass or is planning on purchasing tickets on a game-by-game basis, the price for the dinner would be $25 for adults or $15 for youth and seniors. Those attending just the dinner will need to arrive at 6:45 p.m.
A fan pack, which includes four tickets to the dinner and four season passes is $200, while a fan pack that includes four dinner admissions is $65.
Lastly, Notre Dame faculty and staff can attend the dinner for $20 by showing their Notre Dame ID.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early to ensure their spot at the special night. Tickets for the meet the team dinner are on sale at UND.com or can be purchased weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ET) by phone at (574) 631-7356 or in person at Gate 9 inside the Rosenthal Atrium of the Murnane Family Ticket Office in Purcell Pavilion.
Those in attendance will be provided a catered meal, opportunities to interact and receive autographs from the Irish team and a silent auction, which will include a wide variety of items up for bid.
Following the dinner, the team will go down to the Purcell Pavilion court and have their heads shaved to help raise money for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Notre Dame’s The Bald & The Beautiful organization will partner with the Irish for this worthy cause. Donations will be accepted during the event and anyone is welcome to come to Purcell and watch.
The two organizations have partnered several times with the program over the years in addition to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which pairs children battling pediatric brain tumors with college or high school sports teams. This season, the team has gotten to spend a lot of quality time with Daniel Alexander. Photos are posted regularly on the team’s Twitter account (@NDBaseball).