Irish Will Open Training Camp at Shiloh Park

Notre Dame announced on Thursday that the Irish football team will start training camp off-campus this year. This is the first off-site camp for the Irish under head coach Brian Kelly, but not Kelly's first with a program under his guidance.

Notre Dame will open its 2013 football training camp at the Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center in Marion, Indiana.

The school made the announcement on Thursday as the beginning of the 2013 football season approaches. Training camp will begin for the team on Monday, August 5th.

"I'm excited to take our football team to a facility like Shiloh Park," said Irish head coach Brian Kelly in Wednesday's press release. "Training camp is vital in terms of developing team unity, character, camaraderie and ultimately a focused and specific identity for the upcoming season."

Shiloh Park is a facility that hosts summer camps, banquets, retreats, conferences, and other special events throughout the year. It is owned by the Northeastern Indiana District Church of the Nazarene. The park is about two hours south of Notre Dame's campus.

"This is such a tremendous opportunity for our camp and our staff is thrilled," said Shiloh Park director Dan Heincker via Notre Dame's press release. "As a sports fan, former college athlete and longtime coach, I can't begin to describe the feelings that our camp could possibly play a role in the success of the Fighting Irish this fall."

"Coach Kelly believes in the importance of team building and honestly a camp setting accomplishes it perfectly," Heincker said. "The players will spend significant quality time with one another, beyond the practice field and meeting rooms. The team will get a true understanding and appreciation of their importance to one another."

Notre Dame will perform the acclimatization part of their training camp routine at Shiloh Park. The team will have four practices at the facility before moving back to the LaBar Football Practice Fields on the Notre Dame campus on Friday, August 9th.

Kelly previously took his Cincinnati Bearcats to Camp Higher Ground in West Harrison, Ind., during his three-year tenure with the program.


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