ND football players help support rare disease community at bowling event

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The Notre Dame football team traded in their football cleats for bowling shoes Sunday at the Strike & Spares Event Center in Mishawaka.

The Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes held its annual bowling event for the fourth consecutive year.

This event is held to support the mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

"This is a great opportunity for the kids to come out to enjoy the players and to get to know them, to speak one-on-one with them, to see their competitive side and to have fun," said Elizabeth Carris, whose son attended the event. "It's not a day where he has to worry about being sick or hospital dates or anything like that, it's just a day for fun and it's great that they can do this for the kids."

The football team has participated in numerous community events this summer including playing local law enforcement in a charity softball game just a few weeks ago.

Not only is it important to them to spend time with the community, it's also important to spend time together as teammates before the 2017 season gets underway.

"That was something we lacked last year in terms of team comradery," said Irish Quarterback Brandon Wimbush. "Maybe it played into the actual game late in the 4th quarter [last season] where we needed everybody to kind of come together and find that juice at the end of the game. I think activities and events like this one will help us in that aspect of the game."

"It's real nice to come out and spend time outside of football with the team and give back to the community," added Irish Wide Receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. "That's a big part of what we do at Notre Dame. It's always nice to kind of get out of football."

The Irish continue to proceed through the summer before Fall camp is slated to begin in August.

Their first game of the season is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. against Temple at Notre Dame Stadium.