Kelly Cares Foundation Raise Money Through Anniversary Football

By Tommy Schoegler

Kelly Cares Foundation Raise Money Through Anniversary Football

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM EDT

South Bend, IN – Anniversaries are special, and when it’s the 125th one, that is VERY special. And so is an added cause that is attached to this celebration.

Notre Dame is off to a terrific start this football season, already 4-0 heading into a special contest that will take place on Oct. 6 at historic Soldier Field in Chicago against the University of Miami. The Irish are again nationally ranked, and turning heads on the football field these days and looking for some even better days in the near future.

But the fight against cancer cannot wait. It is an ongoing battle. And no one knows that better than the folks at the Kelly Cares Foundation, which was started by Paqui Kelly, wife of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, to raise funds for breast cancer.

Beginning this week, Rawlings and Nikco Sports are teaming up to produce and market an extremely historic and limited piece of Notre Dame football history that will raise monies for the Kelly Cares Foundation. Only 2,012 of the 125th Notre Dame Anniversary Season footballs will be produced, and the footballs are priced at $99 each. Each football comes with a handsome acrylic display case. In the past four years, Nikco Sports alone has raised more than $1.8 million for children’s charities and is honored to be a part of this program for Kelly Cares Foundation, which will receive $7 from the sale of each football.

The footballs can be purchased by calling 1-800-345-2868 or visiting www.nikcosports.com. Each football also comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

The limited edition Notre Dame 125th Anniversary football features several interesting panels, each filled with specific information about the famed history of Notre Dame football. One panel highlights the first game played in school history (Nov. 23, 1887 against Michigan), and then goes on to list the 11 national championships won by the Irish. It also notes that the school has posted 13 undefeated seasons, and their 7 Heisman Trophy winners is the most in college football history.

A 2nd panel of the football showcases a color, panoramic photo of the famous Notre Dame football stadium in South Bend, a site where some of the sport’s most famous and memorable moments have taken place. The 3rd panel contains the official 125th season logo in the center, and to the left lists some important bits of information on the stadium. To the right of the logo is the famed Notre Dame leprechaun logo.

All in all, it is a stunning looking football, one that Notre Dame fans will want to consider for a Christmas season gift idea.

“I’ve always felt playing college football on an autumn afternoon is best personified by watching a game in South Bend. This is really a great college football atmosphere, and it reminds me of walking into a Yankee Stadium, or Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. All the history is there,” noted Nikco Sports CEO Craig Bidner, whose company has given back regularly to communities since its inception in 1992. “We’re very honored and proud to be a small part of the 125th Anniversary of Notre Dame football, and equally honored to help raise funds for an organization that fights breast cancer such as the Kelly Cares Foundation.”

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