SOUTH BEND, Ind. – November 11, 2010 - Former Irish football players under legendary Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz announced the creation of an endowed scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. This scholarship allows Lou's Lads Foundation and its members to give back to the University and assist deserving undergraduate students in need.
Lou's Lads Foundation was created in 2008 and is designed to preserve and support the legacy of Coach Holtz and his players through its purposes and activities. The Foundation represents a national network of former members of the Notre Dame football program coached by Lou Holtz.
"I am pleased that our former Notre Dame players have come together to give back to our beloved University," said Holtz. "Deserving students will benefit from the lessons these men learned on the field and in the classroom."
A fundraising dinner for the University scholarship fund will be held in New York on November 18 just before Notre Dame and Army take the field at Yankee Stadium. More information on this event is available at www.louholtzcoachforlife.com.
Former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver, Derrick Mayes, noted the model of players under the legendary coach, Frank Leahy as an inspiration. "The concept of Lou's Lads is based on the successful efforts of Leahy's Lads. We saw it as an opportunity for all of us to maintain our close-knit relationships while helping those in need. As teammates, Coach always told us 'WE are all we need to be successful'. As adults, the Lou's Lads Foundation allows that mantra to hold true."
Lou's Lads Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to preserving and supporting the legacy of Coach Lou Holtz and his players while providing a platform to provide financial assistance for the educational needs of underprivileged students and legacies as well as support charitable and educational activities and organizations within the communities of its members.