Lou Holtz to speak in Kalamazoo

Lou Holtz, the former ESPN college football analyst best known for his days as head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, is coming to Miller Auditorium at 7:30 PM on Monday, Oct. 21. as the guest speaker for the Kalamazoo United in Purpose event.

Holtz is a former football player, coach, and television personality who now travels the country to share his story. Holtz was the head football coach for Notre Dame from 1986-1996, during which he led the Fighting Irish to nine bowl appearances and an impressive 64-9-1 overall record. After his coaching career, Holtz worked for CBS Sports and ESPN as a college football analyst.

Holtz is well regarded amongst college football fans in South Bend and all across the country. “I’ve been going to football games since I was two years old, and I haven’t missed a home game in over a decade,”  said Rachel Freese, a longtime Notre Dame football fan. “Coach Holtz is an extraordinary coach in Notre Dame history, and is great at participating in philanthropic events.”

The Kalamazoo Christian Schools and the Schools of the Diocese of Kalamazoo have partnered up to bring Holtz to town and make the event a reality. There will also be a fundraising dinner immediately preceding the main event. The proceeds from both parts of the night will go directly towards student scholarships and tuition assistance for students in Southwest Michigan.

“We’re honored to host coach Holtz this fall,” said Marc Verkaik, the Lead Administrator of Kalamazoo Christian Schools in a recent press release. “He is an incredible role model for our students, and he has truly lived out his faith to a watching world. We’re so grateful to our partners at the Catholic Schools for making this a possibility.”

Tickets are $25 and are available at Miller Auditorium or online at kalamazoountedinpurpose.com.

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