Notre Dame Athletics | March 24, 2020
For several years now the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball student managers have attempted to arrange impromptu basketball games in conjunction with both home and road games with their counterparts from whatever team is facing Mike Brey’s Irish.
Little does the opposition know that one of the guys on the Notre Dame side just happens to be a priest. And that creates some interesting byplay.
“There are times when the other team tends to back off and give me my space. And sometimes they don’t exactly know what to do. They’re unsure if it’s okay to get physical and foul me—or not,” says Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., team chaplain for the Irish squad.
It’s all a part of McCormick’s primary role as director of Notre Dame’s Department of Campus Ministry. It started five years back when he first became associated with Brey’s program.
“I signed up to be involved as a team chaplain, but my sense was that though the guys on the team were appreciative they didn’t have any real relationship with anyone in particular because there were so many people cycling in and out of that role,” he says.
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