Former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz to guest at luncheon to help benefit local youth mentoring groups


By: Jon Zimney

Former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz will be in the spotlight during a special event at the end of July in which the proceeds will benefit three area non-profit organizations that focus on mentoring.

Lunch with Lou takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31 at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. Tickets are $60 and sponsorships are available.

The money raised will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County, South Bend Education Foundation, and Mentoring Matters.

Holtz coached at Notre Dame from 1986-1996, leading the Fighting Irish to the 1988 national championship. Many former players call his leadership a major influence on their success beyond the football field.

“Lou Holtz is a legend not only as a football coach, but for his ability to motivate people in all walks of life,” South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said in a news release about the event. “His message of service, persistence and excellence echoes the mission that our local mentoring organizations put into practice everyday to support our children.”