10-year-old writes book about Notre Dame football

A 10-year-old Spokane, Washington kid may just be the biggest little Notre Dame fan out there.

Jake Keyes came to South Bend for football camp and fell in love with the university.

While on campus, he searched for a book to learn more about the team.

“But, I didn’t really see any for kids my age,” Jake said.

So, he decided to write one himself.

“I mean, it’s kind of crazy for a 10-year-old,” he admitted.

“The Little Gipper” chronicles the history of Notre Dame football, featuring famous players and coaches.

And, putting it together was even harder than scoring a touchdown.

“There are a lot of hoops to jump through from the bookstore side to make sure they represent the university’s intentions and what they stand for,” said Keith Kirkpatrick with the Hammes Bookstore.

Jake had to get the permission of players and coaches to use their likenesses in the story, so he wrote dozens of letters.

And, all of them came back with positive responses. So, Jake’s book will be sold on campus.

“I'm really excited,” he said.

Notre Dame invited Jake to come sign copies on campus.

He’ll be at the Hammes Bookstore before Saturday’s game from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

All of the money from Jake’s book will help fund his college education, which he hopes to get at Notre Dame.


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